The Riverwalk Sensory Trail at Hudson Crossing Park is a 1540' stone dust path along the shore of the Hudson River. It connects to the Alfred Z. Solomon Kayak Launch located just below the Lock 5 Canal Office.
This unique trail, along a picturesque portion of the Hudson River near the confluence of the Battenkill River, is one of the longest sensory trails of its kind. It is designed to provide a riverside outdoor experience for individuals who are mobility or visually impaired. The nearest similar trail is over 100 miles away in the Mohonk Preserve west of New Paltz, New York.
Alfred Z. Solomon Kayak Launch
Enjoy direct and easy access to The Hudson River with your canoe or kayak at the Alfred Z. Solomon Kayak Launch, which is located on one end of the Sensory Trail. Convenient parking is available by the Canal, and the launch is down a short trail. A locker is available for long distance kayakers who want to store their equipment while they visit the local community.
Officially opened on June 15, 2013, the Riverwalk Sensory Trail and the Alfred Z. Solomon Kayak Launch came to fruition thanks to the generosity of many. Landscape Architect Bill Sprengnether worked with the National Park Service Office of Accessibility, Saratoga Bridges, and others, to insure that appropriate standards were incorporated into the plans for the trail.
Learn more about the opening and the generous funding sources that made the Sensory Trail possible by clicking below.
Tour-Mate Eco Boxes
Stationed along the Trail are four Tour-Mate ECO-BOX audio interpretive units. Here, visitors may listen to short stories relevant to the surrounding area. The ECO-BOX may be "people-powered" or accessed via a smart device using quick response (QR) codes. Turning a hand-crank and selecting one of four buttons will allow visitors to hear stories relating to the "Four Lives" of the Lakes to Locks Passage. Saratoga National Historical Park Ranger Joe Craig scripted the stories.