CHAMPLAIN CANALWAY TRAIL; MECHANICVILLE-STILLWATER-SARATOGA

MECHANICVILLE-STILLWATER-SARATOGA, NEW YORK

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Last Updated:      July 18, 2015

Length:                Stillwater Trail; 1.2 miles 

                              Champlain Canalway Trail-Town of Saratoga sections; 0.3 miles and 1 mile.

                              Champlain Canalway Trail-Schuylerville section; 2 miles.

                              Hudson Crossing Park Loop Trail; 2 miles.

                              Saratoga Siege Trail; 0.5 mile walking trail

Difficulty:            Stillwater Trail; Easy, flat paved trail.

                              Champlain Canalway Trail-Town of Saratoga section; Easy. Flat, stone-dust trail.

                              Champlain Canalway 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:     

For the Town of 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.

 

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

For the Town of Saratoga sections; Continue north on Route 4 for 3.5 miles. Turn left on Wilbur Road. There is a pullover on your right for a couple of cars. Continue north on Route 4 another 5.1 miles and spot a parking lot on your right just before Schuyler St on your left.

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 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 Old Champlain Canal 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 Trail. For more information visit; CANALWAY TRAIL and 2018 CHAMPLAIN CANAL ACTION PLAN .

Currently the Champlain Canalway Trail is broken down into 4 sections: Champlain Canalway Trail; Waterford-Halfmoon , Champlain Canalway Trail; Mechanicville-Stillwater-Saratoga, Champlain Canalway Trail; Greenwich-Fort Edward and Champlain Canalway Trail; Kingsbury-Fort Ann-Whitehall .

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.

STILLWATER TRAIL:

Starting from the Campbell Road parking lot; 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 SECTION:

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

Starting from Route 4 parking lot;. This stone-dust section of Champlain  Canalway Trail travels less then a mile south to Garnsey Lane. I haven't checked out this section yet.

CHAMPLAIN CANALWAY TRAIL; SCHUYLERVILLE SECTION:

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

Note; Across Route 4 just south of the entrance is the Saratoga Siege Trail .

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. 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". 

Note; The Champlain Canal Region Gateway Visitors Center is located here.

Continue straight past the Visitor Center and down a small embankment to rejoin the canal and another map board on your left at 0.4 miles. 

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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