CHAMPLAIN CANALWAY TRAIL; MECHANICVILLE-SCHUYLERVILLE

MECHANICVILLE-STILLWATER-SARATOGA-SCHUYLERVILLE, NEW YORK

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Last Updated:      June 27, 2019

Length:                Stillwater Trail; 1.2 miles. 

                              Stillwater Hudson River Front Park Loop Trail; 0.5 miles

                              Champlain Canalway Trail-Saratoga NHP section; 1.5 miles

                              Champlain Canalway Trail-Surrender March Trail; 0.8 miles

                              Champlain Canalway Trail-Schuylerville section; 2 miles.

                              Hudson Crossing Park Loop Trail; 2 miles.

                              Saratoga Siege Trail; 0.5 miles

Difficulty:            Stillwater Trail; Easy, flat paved rail trail.

                              Stillwater Hudson River Front Park Loop Trail; Easy. Flat, stone-dust trail.

                              Champlain Canalway Trail-Saratoga NHP section; Easy. Flat, stone-dust towpath with a grass lined section.

                              Champlain Canalway Trail-Surrender March Trail; Moderate. Flat, gravel towpath. Rough-bumpy.

                              Champlain Canalway Trail-Schuylerville section; Easy. Flat path along a grass, hard packed dirt & gravel road and stone-dust trail.

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

                              Saratoga Siege Trail; Moderate. Crushed gravel trail with steep hill.                               

Directions:     Starting from Waterford and heading North along Route 4:

For the Stillwater Section; From Waterford, head north along Routes 4 & 32 past Mechanicville and into Stillwater for 11 miles. Turn left on Campbell Rd and the parking lot will be on your left.   

         Note; Just north up Routes 4 & 32 in Stillwater is the STILLWATER BLOCKHOUSE . Overlooking the Hudson River, this replica Blockhouse, constructed of massive timbers was built in 1927. Picnic tables available.

For the Saratoga Sections; Continue north on Route Routes 4 & 32. Keep right o Route 4 as Route 32 heads left. 

        Stillwater Hudson River Front Park Loop Trail; Travel 1.9 miles from the Routes 4 & 32 junction and turn right into the park. 

          Champlain Canalway Trail-Saratoga NHP; Travel 3.7 miles from the Routes 4 & 32 junction and turn left on Wilbur Rd. There is a pullover on your right for a couple of cars. 

          Champlain Canalway Trail-Surrender March Trail; Travel 8.7 miles from the Routes 4 & 32 junction and turn right into the parking lot surrounded by split rail fencing just before Schuyler St on the left.

          Champlain Canalway Trail-Schuylerville/Saratoga Siege Trail; Travel 9.2 miles from the Routes 4 & 32 junction and turn right into the Schuyler House parking lot.

The Champlain Canalway Trail is a planned continuous trail from Waterford (where the Erie Canal departs from the Hudson River) north to Whitehall. The modern day Champlain Canal follows the Hudson River north to Fort Edwards where the man-made canal branches away from the Hudson River towards Whitehall. In Fort Edwards the Feeder Canal Trail connects to the Champlain Canalway Trail.  The original 25-foot-wide Old Champlain Canal was enlarged many times and the current Champlain Canal parallels the original canal from Fort Edwards to Whitehall at the foot of Lake Champlain. The trail will mostly follow sections of the Old Champlain Canal. For more information visit; CANALWAY TRAIL and 2018 CHAMPLAIN CANAL ACTION PLAN .

I have broken the Champlain Canalway Trail into 5 sections: Starting from the Southern End; Champlain Canalway Trail; Waterford-Mechanicville, Champlain Canalway Trail; Mechanicville-Schuylerville , Schuylerville to Fort Edward is all on-road, Champlain Canalway Trail; Fort Edward-Fort Ann and Fort Ann to Whitehall is mostly all on-road.

The Champlain  Canalway Trail is part of the Empire State Trail , which will be a continuous 750-mile route spanning the state from New York City to Canada and Buffalo to Albany, creating the longest multi-use state trail in the nation.

The Stillwater Trail, which is part of the Champlain Canalway Trail, follows an old Trolley Line. 

The Schuylerville 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 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. Across Route 4 from Schuyler's House is the Saratoga Siege Trail.

CHAMPLAIN CANALWAY TRAIL; STILLWATER SECTION:

Starting from the Campbell Road parking lot in Stillwater; Picnic tables located here. The Stillwater Trail starts out as stone-dust trail, crosses a boardwalk and comes alongside Railroad Ave. Here the trail is paved as it travels south along Railroad Ave, crossing Burns Bridge Rd. The trail then enters the woods at 0.3 miles continuing south through a shaded residential corridor. Cross Halfway House Rd and the trail becomes a bit more isolated. The trail currently ends after only 1.2 miles at some active RR tracks.

CHAMPLAIN CANALWAY TRAIL; SARATOGA SECTIONS:

Starting from Stillwater Hudson River Front Park; Picnic pavilion, kayak launch, small playground and Porto-Potty located here. Starting from the parking lot the stone-dust Stillwater Hudson River Front Park Loop Trail travels past the kayak launch and picnic tables overlooking the Hudson River before looping inland around the open fields. Exercise stations along the route. After 0.5 miles the loop returns you to the parking lot.

Starting from Wilbur Road; The Champlain Canalway Trail-Saratoga NHP follows the Old Champlain Canal south. Scenic with turtles and waterfowl. Picnic tables available. After 0.3 miles you enter the woods. Briefly come alongside Route 4 before heading back into the woods. After 0.9 miles the trail is grass lined. Pass by a bridge (Trail across the bridge leads up to Saratoga NHP) and the grass lined trail travels through open field to Phillips Rd (Park entrance) where it currently ends after 1.5 miles. Not sure if they plan on converting the grass trail to stone-dust. Also See; Saratoga National Historical Park for more trails.

Starting from the Route 4 parking lot;. The Champlain Canalway Trail-Surrender March Trail travels south along the gravel (rough-bumpy) towpath through the woods. Dried up Old Champlain Canal right, marsh left. After 0.7 pass by a spur trail on your right.

Note; This trail crosses over the Old Champlain Canal and several little bridges before bringing you up to Route 4. If you wish you can loop back to the parking lot on-road.

Continuing straight the trail currently ends after 0.8 miles.

CHAMPLAIN CANALWAY TRAIL; SCHUYLERVILLE SECTION:

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Starting from the Schuyler House parking lot in Schuylerville; Restrooms located next to the parking lot. 

Note; Across Route 4 just south of the entrance is the SARATOGA SIEGE TRAIL . Use Caution crossing Rout 4; No Cross-walk. The crushed gravel Saratoga Siege Trail travels up a steep hill. Informational signs along the trail. Overlook of the battlefield across Fish Creek. The trail levels out and ends after 0.5 miles just before Evans St,

From the north end of the Schuyler House parking lot, next to an informational sign, head left on the grass along the fence line to a gate next to Route 4. Head right past the gate for the start of the Champlain Canalway Trail-Schuylerville section. 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. Here the trail turns to a wide stone-dust as it travels alongside the Old Champlain Canal. Pass by a map board on your right just before you travel past the Post Office. This is called Schuyler's Canal Park. A cross-walk takes you over Route 29 to the Champlain Canal Region Gateway Visitors Center at 0.4 miles. Continue past the Visitor Center and down alongside the canal. Fort Hardy Park is along your right. Cross Saratoga St and continue straight along the dirt & gravel Tow Path Rd. After 0.8 miles you'll pick back up the stone-dust trail as it travels between the Old Champlain 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:

(Eagle Point Trail/Hudson River Trail/Riverwalk Sensory 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 the hard packed dirt Eagle Point 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. This is the Hudson River Trail. Continue straight. 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 along the Hudson River Trail. 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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