The Town of Saratoga was significantly influenced by the Hudson River, which connects historic events that shaped our nation and the visual character of the town. The new Canal Region Gateway Visitor Center at Fort Hardy Park will soon open to visitors. In addition to providing visitors with ammenities and information about the area the center will feature interpretive exibits for those who want to understand the local commuinities and the people who have been unified by the interconnected waterways that run through.
Saratoga is well known as a hub of heritage tourism. As one passes through the Villages of Schylerville and Victory several historic sites, landscapes and monuments are acessible on foot or bicycle from the Champlain Canalway Trail, the Empire State Trail, New York State Bike Route 9, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Trail and the New York State Canalway Water Trail!
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Champlain Canalway Trail (CCT)
Nearly 8-miles of trail cover nine individual trail segments through the Town of Saratoga. The centerpiece is a 1.5-mile span from the Schuyler House to the Dix Bridge that passes through Fort Hardy Park. At the north end of the trail is Hudson Crossing Park which is shared with the Town of Northumberland.
Hudson Crossing Park is a family destination featuring a sensory nature trail, a childrens’ playground, scenic overloods, and hiking paths for safe off-road walks, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. A regional snowmobile trail runs through the park where there is a repair tool station for sleds. A towpath trail running between the Old HIstoric Champlain Canal and the operating Champlain Canal connects the Village of Schuylerville and Hudson Crossing Park. The Old Champlain Canal is part of a future vision to open the waterway again as a public place for fun, recreation, and the exploration of the natural environment.
Empire State Trail (EST)
State Bike Route 9 along Route 4 is the formal route for the EST up to the Schuyler House and on through the Village of Schuylerville. New trail has been constructed through Fort Hardy Park along the Old Champlain Canal. A formal trailhead with bike racks, wayfinding and bike tools is located behind the Gateway Visitor Center. The EST continues north along Towpath Road through Hudson Crossing Park on Lock 5 Island and over the Dix bridge into the Town of Greenwich in Washington County.
Hudson River/Champlain Canal Access Points
- Town of Saratoga Rt 4 Boat Launch;
- Fort Hardy Park Kayak Launch;
- Schuylerville Boat Ramp;
- Hudson Crossing Park Kayak Lunch;
- Lock 5 Canal Park with public docks and the dock site of the Caldwell Belle Tour Boat.
Sites To Visit
- Saratoga National Historic Park – Old Saratoga Unit & Saratoga Surrender Site;
- Schuyler House,
- Saratoga Monument,;
- Victory Woods;
- Fort Hardy Park;
- Hudson Crossing Park;
- Restored Historic Dix Bridge;
- Schuyler Saw Mill Park;
- Canal Region Gateway Visitor Center;
- Historic Towpath and Turning Basin
- Stark’s Knob;
- Marshall House;
- Gerald B. Solomon National Veterans Cemetery
Local Business (On trail listings are in bold. Listings up to a 5-mile radius)
- Retail & Arts/Entertainment
- Schuylerville Craft Fair;
- Turning Point Parade and Festival;
- Schuylerville Fall Festival.
- Victory Wood’s Trails: Trail loop through Saratoga National Historical Park.
- The Siege Trail: Fish Creek trail link from Schuyler House to Saw Mill Park.
- Fort Hardy Park Loop: Trail loop linking Gateway Visitor Center to the Hudson River
- Hudson Crossing Park: Trail system linking the Old Champlain Canal, Dix Bridge and The Town of Greenwich in Washington County.