Eagle Point
What is it like to walk the Eagle Point Trail at Hudson Crossing Park?
The following is how one of our volunteers described it.
From the entrance to the Play Garden, I passed the pocket wetland and glanced to see a bull frog at the waterline.
As I climbed the steps to the ridge, the sound of massive gears opening the gates of Lock 5 were heard. Their timpani like tone is unmistakable and has not changed since the early 20th century when they were installed. Looking across the canal you catch site of the entrance to the old 19th Century Junction Lock that connected Schuylerville's merchants and industries to the "modern" canal.
Turning right and walking northward you see a panorama of the Play Garden and Picnic Pavilion. The slide is so tempting and the scale of the Labyrinth is impressive.
The massive old growth oaks, maples and ash trees canopy the lane while shrubs and wild flowers wall the sides. Like walking the labyrinth, thoughts tend to turn inward only interrupted by the call of a Chick-a-dee or a woodpecker seeking company.
Soon, on your left, through an opening you view the placid canal and perhaps wonder about the travelers who have passed this place.
On northward, just about when you are back into your thoughts, your senses are sharpened by the surrounding crescendo of massive Hudson rapids. Enveloped in sound you continue onward until you reach your first Hudson overlook.
From this vista you perceive the power of the river and see the old stone piers, the remains of a trolley bridge that served
Greenwich and Schuylerville. What must
the open ride have been like?
After a pause, you continue toward the
point and soon walk up a rise and cross
the forgotten roadbed for the old Boston
and Maine railroad. Soon, on your right
is another Hudson panorama point from
which you see the rail road trestle piers
marking the path trains took hauling industry and agricultural products. Again the image of freight rumbling along the tracks comes to mind and you consider what it was like to live on Green Street, Schuylerville when the trains ran right down the middle of the road.
A little further northward and you begin to see the open area of the point and the Lock 10 Tender's Shanty breaks into view. Located where the original Lock 10 was, around the 1820s, it is a true to scale replica built from original plans by the Schuylerville High School shop class.
Looking up stream toward the Northumberland U.S. Rt. 4 Bridge, downstream toward the old Dix Bridge, or down the canal toward Lock 5, being almost surrounded by the spectacle of a royal blue river reflecting a clear sky is simply an awesome experience.
Like a magnet, the sound of falling water now draws you to the point and the "L" shaped cascading river is a sight that pales when explained. It must be experienced to fully appreciate the impact of its presence.
This post card, from the Gino DiCarlo Collection, shows the trolley that used the Hudson Crossing trestle traveling over the Battenkill between Greenwich and Thomson. To see this trolley in motion, Click the Picture. To see other regional trolley and rail images TAP HERE.
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