Why is it called "Hudson Crossing Park"?
Because of all the crossings, of course! The area in and around Hudson Crossing Park has been an important site for millions - yes millions - of years! From Native Americans crossing the Hudson long before the first explorer set foot in North America, to those who live and play on the island today, the land that is now Hudson Crossing Park has been an important part of our area’s history for longer than most would imagine.
History of the Area
Stark's Knob is believed to have originated in the Connecticut River Valley 400 million years ago as lava "bubbled up" out of a crack in the earth's crust under a shallow sea. The momentum of plate-tectonics "delivered" it to the town of Northumberland just outside of Schuylerville. Being one of the few places in the United States where "pillow basalt" can be easily seen, this volcanic formation is internationally known and often visited by students and professional geologists from throughout North America.
The site is not only an important scientific resource, but a site of historic significance as well, serving as a major vantage point during the Revolutionary War in the fall of 1777.
The summit vantage point is still breathtaking; visitors to Hudson Crossing Park enjoy scenic views of the Hudson River and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Bridge of Boats
The Dix Bridge formally joins Saratoga and Washington Counties bridging communities and inviting bicyclists, pedestrians, snowmobilers, and skiers to cross the Hudson River.
The site has great historic significance. If you were to stand in the center of the bridge and look to the north you would see the cuts in the river-bank where, in 1777 British General John Burgoyne's troops came and crossed the Hudson on "Bateaux" 30' long flat-bottomed, flat-sided, double-ended crafts. More than 6000 people traversed this area in the fall of 1777 and the crossing came to be known as Burgoyne's "Bridge of Boats".
Knox Trail Pocket Park
In what remains one of the most dramatic strategic moves of the Revolutionary War, General Henry Knox dragged an assemblage of cannons overland from Fort Ticonderoga to the heights overlooking the British-occupied city of Boston. Delivery of this artillery to General Washington forced the British evacuation of the city the next spring, resulting in one of the early victories for the American Army.
The Knox Trail Pocket Park, with convenient parking and just a short walk from Stark's Knob, provides picnic tables and interpretive signs. The Turning Point at Olde Saratoga Rotary Club has adopted this Hudson Crossing Pocket Park, helping to care for flower beds and landscaping.
Where Hudson Crossing Park is Today
Hudson Crossing Park is a celebration of the area's past with an eye toward the future.