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
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
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 go to: http://gino.cdfw.net/
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