Description - Schoharie Crossing State Historic Sites lies at the confluence of Mohawk River and Schoharie Creek near Fort Hunter. It is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the Erie Canal as one of the 19th century's greatest engineering projects. A visitor center and outreach programs are offered. Multi-use trails are offered year-round, dawn to dusk.
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Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
- Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the Erie Canal as one of the 19th century's greatest commercial and engineering projects. The visitor center traces the history of the Erie Canal and its impact on the growth of New York State and the nation.
Within the site's boundaries are many structures dating from the three eras of the canal's development. At the eastern end of the site Putman's Lock Stand houses an exhibit on Erie Canal stores. The site's largest structure is the remains of the Schoharie Aqueduct, which carried the water of the Enlarged Erie Canal over the Schoharie Creek.
Recreation - Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site offers an array of activities including biking, a bridle path, hiking, cross-country skiing, picnicking, scenic views, costumed interpreters, educational services, a gift shop, group tours, guided tours, self-guided tours, interpretive signs and a visitor center / museum. Many of the facilities are handicapped accessible. The visitor center is open mid-May through October, Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. The grounds are open dawn to dusk, year-round, weather permitting. Guided tours (advance notice) and wagon rides are $3.00 adults, $2.00 for NYS Seniors and $1.00 children. Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site offers outreach as well as an on-site school programs.
Climate - The historic site has a varied climate with average January temperatures ranging from 14 to 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. A slender parcel along the eastern state line receive the heaviest precipitation.
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Sites lies at the confluence of Mohawk River and Schoharie Creek near Fort Hunter. The site is located along Schoharie Street.