New York Nature July 19, 2019
by Lea Monroe The Ruins In This One New York Park Will Take You On A Trip Through History
Covering more than 360-miles inside New York, the Erie Canal is one of our state’s most fascinating and important pieces of engineering history. Some New Yorkers are more than familiar with the canal’s 57 locks, but what some may not realize is that ruins are hiding in plain sight that are former pieces of this historic structure. If you’re ready to learn about a different era of the Erie Canal, then it’s time you make your way to this historic park that will keep you intrigued.
An hour away from cities like Albany and Utica, the town of Fort Hunter is home to a unique part of the past.
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is the only location in New York where you can see all three phases of the Erie Canal at once, situated along the Schoharie Creek.
The historic site has its own Visitor Center and Gift Shop, where you can step inside and see fascinating exhibits that will give you a greater insight on this part of the Erie Canal.
All throughout the year, people come to this historic site along the waterfront to enjoy both the outdoors and history all at once, with hiking trails like their Towpath Trail that’s 2.5-miles long, Woodchuck Walk that’s 1-mile long, and an Overlook Trail that’s only .25-miles long for visitors to explore.
Today you'll find New Yorkers from all around the state paddling their way along the Schoharie Creek to get an up-close look at the ruins of the Erie Canal Aqueduct.
Whether you're looking out from land or paddling through, you'll be able to see six of the original thirteen arches of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct still standing today.
Holding an abundance of historical signifcance, the park is where you'll also find the 8th Century Fort Hunter and the Lower Castle Mohawk village.
If you're ready to learn even more about the Erie Canal and all the history that lies along the Schoharie Creek, then be sure to plan a day trip out to the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter.
To find out more about the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site,
and be sure to stay up to date by following their
Address: 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter, NY, 12069
If you’re ready to take on more outdoor adventures, then don’t miss out on reading about how
The Longest Float Trip In New York Will Bring Your Summer Tubing Dreams To Life!
OnlyInYourState may earn compensation through affiliate links in this article.