Schoharie Crossing Towpath Trail

EASY 21 reviews

Schoharie Crossing Towpath Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Hunter, New York that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 49 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

partially paved

river

views

wildlife

bugs

historic site

The Towpath Trail is along the Enlarged Erie Canal used from 1845-1916. Starting at the Park Visitor's Center in Ft. Hunter, you pass many historic features along the 2.5 mile round trip trail. At .5 miles you pass the Empire Lock #29 and Lock #20 from the original 1817 Canal. At the 1.25 mile point, the Towpath Trail ends at the Yankee Hill Lock #28 and the Putnam Store Picnic Area.

hiking
29 days ago

Took my daughter on a short loop walk to Empire Lock and back. The path was freshly mowed and in great shape. Three school buses in the parking lot. Good to see kids using the park.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little walk, very flat and wide so nice it's to zone out if you just want to think. Saw a lot of wildlife along the water and with how the trees grow when they are in bloom I feel like it would be beautiful and provide lots of shade. Cool little tidbits of the history of the locks are at various places.

hiking
11 months ago

Great, easy hike. Took my 6.5 daughter and our 10yr old dog. Completed two miles round trip. Beautiful scenery. :)

hiking
Friday, June 15, 2018

My daughter and I parked at the Park Lot in Ft. Hunter and walked the Towpath trail to Empire Lock and then returned to the Park Visitors Center via the Woodchuck Trail. It was a nice 1.75 miles loop hike. The recently re-modeled VC was beautiful. The exhibits were well done and the staff extremely helpful. Trail conditions were very good; well mowed and clear of any obstructions.

hiking
Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Towpath is always a good choice for a nice, easy no worries time out. It is very well maintained. The scenery is great and today the fragrance of the wild honeysuckle and phlox was wonderful. At one point the honeysuckle overlapped the path making a conopy. Will try and add a picture of that!

hiking
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

this trail is like walking on a 15 foot wide lawn. the dog and I covered over 5 miles. no inclines. trail conditions are ice, snow and mud with some dry areas. very peaceful walk. nice little rest area with a bench where someone had a little fire going. enjoyed the walk and got to see a piece of history. nice day, good exercise!

hiking
Thursday, March 01, 2018

this trail is a breeze to walk. according to my GPS, we covered 5.2 Mi today. if it were summer time it would be like walking on a 10 to 15 foot wide lawn. spotted a nice little rest spot where someone had a little fire going. very peaceful setting. didn't notice any inclines and it seemed to go on in either direction. nice beautiful day to take a walk with the dog and see a piece of history.

walking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Walked this today with my family. Very well maintained, mowed and free of trash. The trail follows the old Erie Canal towpath and is very straight and level. The old canal artifacts are fantastic!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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Friday, April 20, 2018

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

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