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Winter at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 12/4/23 | 12/4/23

Fort Hunter – The Visitor Center and Museum may be closed for the winter season, but the grounds at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site are open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset. Schoharie Crossing offers over two and a half miles of level towpath trail and dozens of acres of open spaces for cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and winter hiking. Several historic Erie Canal structures, dating from both the original canal of the 1820s and the Enlarged Canal of the 1840s, can be seen despite snow, including the impressive remnants of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct. 

Access to our towpath trails can be found from the parking lots at our Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter, or from Yankee Hill Lock, 550 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam when weather conditions allow.

Please note that Snowmobiles are prohibited on state park land at Schoharie Crossing, though the Town of Florida Snowmobile Club does maintain the C7P and C7B sections of Montgomery County trail that runs adjacent to the site.  The site’s boat launch parking lot of Hartley Lane will be available for riders who wish to trailer in for use along that approved trail when conditions allow. 

This winter, Schoharie Crossing will be providing onsite as well as online programming.  Follow us on Facebook or visit our NYS Parks website for event dates and details. We also offer outreach programs for a wide variety of groups such as scout troops, senior citizen organizations, historical society groups and grade school classes. These programs can include a slide show, and some hands-on activities.  There is a small charge for these programs and for more information, please call the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516 or email SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is a part of The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation that oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 78 million people annually.  For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow-on Twitter. 



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