Champlain Canal Lock C5
The island that Hudson Crossing Park is centered on is created by the Hudson River and Champlain Canal. As you enter the park you drive past Champlain Canal Lock 5, where, if you're lucky enough to see it in use, boats are lifted 19 feet up to the elevation of the Hudson River in an artificial channel. This is also the site of a historic junction lock, which, while no longer in operation, is still a very interesting peek into the history of the Champlain Canal.
Just north of the lock on the west side of the channel are floating docks which give access to Hudson Crossing, and long distance boaters are invited to dock for up to 48 hours and explore the park as well as our local communities. For those who are on a shorter journey, take advantage of the dock to get off the water and stretch your legs a bit by exploring the trail that leads along the canal to Eagle Point, or simply explore the many amenities that Hudson Crossing Park has to offer.
The Champlain Canal is used today by recreational and commercial boaters, both motorized and paddlers. For more information on how to travel the canal system and Lock 5, visit The New York State Canals website. The lock master can be reached on VHF channel 13 or via phone at (518) 695-3919. Lock C6 is located 4 miles to the north.
The Old Towpath
Visitors who have visited the Canal and lock system simply need to cross the road to explore what is locally known as "The Old Towpath". The original path that mules walked to haul barges and boats along the original Champlain Canal, today the towpath is a multi-use recreational path that serves as a connector between Hudson Crossing Park and the Village of Schuylerville. Continue across Ferry Street and onto the path beyond the post office, and you will find yourself at the back door of General Schuyler's House!
The Champlain Canalway Trail
Hudson Crossing Park is proud to be the mid-point along the Champlain Canalway Trail, a regional trail network that leads from Waterford to Whitehall for bikers, walkers, and snowmobilers. This trailway connects communities up and down the canal and encourages people to be active and explore the historic and recreational resources that are available in our region.
Tragedy at the Saratoga Falls
The history of the Champlain Canal is long and varied, and while the details of many aspects may have been lost or confused over the decades, the stories still remain. Thanks to the research of Hudson Crossing Park volunteers and board members, the story of the heroism of Lock 10 locktender and the "Tragedy at the Saratoga Falls" will not be forgotten.