OLD CHAMPLAIN CANAL TRAIL:

SARATOGA, NEW YORK

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Last Updated:      July 18, 2015

Length:                Old Champlain Canal Trail-Town of Saratoga section; 0.3 miles.

                              Old Champlain Canal Trail-Schuylerville section; 2 miles.

                              Hudson Crossing Park Loop Trail; 2 miles.

Difficulty:            Old Champlain Canal Trail-Town of Saratoga section; Easy. Flat, stone-dust trail.

                              Old Champlain Canal Trail-Schuylerville section; Easy. Flat path along a grass, hard packed dirt & gravel and stone-dust trail. Mt bike recommended.

                              Hudson Crossing Park Loop Trail; Easy. Flat, hard packed dirt trail with a short stone-dust section.

Directions:     

From Waterford, head north along Routes 4 & 32 past Stillwater to the junction of Routes 4 & 32. 

For the Town of Saratoga section; Continue north on Route 4 for 3.5 miles. Turn left on Wilbur Rd. There is a pullover on your right for a couple of cars. 

To start from the Schuyler House parking lot; Continue north on Route 4 for 9.3 miles. Turn right into the parking lot.

To start from Fort Hardy Park; Continue north on Route 4 for 9.7 miles to Route 29. Turn right, then left into the park. Park at the Visitor Center.

The trail follows the tow path of the early 19th century Champlain Canal which runs north-south through town parallel and near Route 4 and 32. The original 25-foot-wide Champlain Canal flowed from Waterford to Lake George and on into Lake Champlain. This section travels from Schuyler's House, through Fort Hardy Park and out to Hudson Crossing Park where you can ride the Hudson Crossing Park Loop Trail. For more information visit; OLD CHAMPLAIN CANAL TRAIL . You can ride other sections of the Old Champlain Canal in the towns of Waterford, Halfmoon, Stillwater & Fort Edward/Kingsbury. See; Old Champlain Canal Trail; Waterford-Halfmoon , Old Champlain Canal Trail; Stillwater and Old Champlain Canal Trail; Fort Edward-Hudson Falls . For information about Fort Hardy & Hudson Crossing Parks visit; VILLAGE OF SCHUYLERVILLE . Be sure to check out the National Park Service's 155 foot granite SARATOGA MONUMENT which is close by in Schuylerville. The Schuyler House is also part of the National Park Service.

TOWN OF SARATOGA SECTION:

Starting from Wilbur Rd; This section of trail alongside the old canal is only 0.3 miles long. Scenic with turtles and waterfowl. Picnic tables available.

SCHUYLERVILLE SECTION:

Starting from the Schuyler House parking lot; Restrooms located next to the parking lot. From the north end of the parking lot, next to an informational sign, head left on the grass along the fence line to a gate next to Route 4.

 Note; Another section of the Old Champlain Canal Trail is under construction as of July 2015. It starts across Route 4 and will travel south for 1.5 miles to Garnsey Lane.

Head right past the gate. This is a grass lined dirt & gravel path that follows along the fence on your left. You travel past the Schuyler House to your right and a picnic table overlooking Fish Creek before heading into the woods. You'll travel underneath some power lines before crossing a bridge over Fish Creek. The trail travels alongside the Old Champlain Canal and you'll come to a map board on your right just before you travel through the Post Office parking lot. This is called Schuyler's Canal Park. Turn left when you reach Route 29 to access a cross-walk over to an historical marker "First Bridge". Continue straight through a dirt parking lot then down a small embankment to rejoin the canal and another map board on your left at 0.4 miles. 

Note; The Fort Hardy Park Visitors Center and parking lot are to your right. You'll find another map board there. 

Follow the grass lined towpath along the canal to Saratoga St at 0.6 miles. Continue straight along the dirt & gravel Tow Path Rd until it ends at 0.9 miles. Here you'll pick up a wide stone-dust trail which travels between the canal and the Hudson River. Trail brings you up to Dix Bridge Rd. Cross the road and travel straight between the Champlain Canal Lock 5 on your right and the and the Old Champlain Canal on your left. This brings you to the Champlain Canal Lock 5 parking lot after 1.4 miles. To your left is the Old Champlain Canal Lock 9. Porto-Potty located here. Exit the parking lot and turn left along Dix Bridge Rd crossing over the Lock. You'll come to a cross-walk at 1.6 miles.

Note; The Hudson Crossing Park Loop Trail starts here. See Below. You can continue along Dix Bridge Rd out to Dix Bridge which is now a pedestrian only bridge and cross the Hudson River to Route 70 at 2 miles where the trail currently ends.

HUDSON CROSSING PARK LOOP TRAIL:

From the cross-walk on Dix Bridge Rd; Continue straight along Dix Bridge Rd and take a quick left at the driveway for the Champlain Canal Lock 5. To your right pick up a hard packed dirt trail. This takes you into Hudson Crossing Park. You'll pass by a very cool playground on your right and path down to a dock on your left. Restrooms are located to your right. Continue straight through open woods. Pass by an intersection on your right at 0.5 miles. The Hudson River is now on your right and the canal is on your left. Lots of old bridge abutments still in place in the canal and river. You come to the northern tip of the island at 0.8 miles where the river has been dammed and the boats enter the canal. Benches and sculptures here. Retrace your route back to the intersection and head left down a slight hill. Pass an open field and you'll come to Dix Bridge Rd at 1.5 miles. Head left on pedestrian only Dix Bridge over the Hudson River to Route 70. Beautiful iron trestle bridge. Return back over to Dix Bridge Rd and head left along the Riverwalk Sensory Trail. This stone-dust trail travels along the Hudson River and contains promenades overlooking the river, sculptures and benches. When you reach a boat launch a paved trail will take you up to the crosswalk on Dix Bridge Rd creating a 2 mile loop.

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CLICK HERE FOR SARATOGA SOUTH MAP

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CHAMPLAIN CANAL TRAIL ACTION PLAN

 

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