Hudson Crossing Park features over two miles of walking trails along both the Champlain Canal and Hudson River. The NYS Canalway Trail and Empire State Trail systems also run directly through the park, connecting Hudson Crossing Park with hundreds of miles of multi-use trail systems throughout New York.
The Riverwalk Sensory Trail
Just off the parking lot you will find the entrance to the Riverwalk Sensory Trail. With informative signage, Hudson River overlooks, sculpture inspired by the natural surroundings, and leading to the Dix Bridge, visitors of all ages and abilities will enjoy exploring this stretch of trail.
Hudson Crossing Park is primarily located on Lock C5 Island, which was created with the digging of the The Champlain Canal. Today the Canal is alive and open to boaters during the warmer months, and as you walk along the Canalway Trails keep an eye out for boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddle boarders taking a similar journey along the waterway!
Eagle Point Trail
Leading to the tip of the island, Hudson Crossing's Eagle Point Trail has a number of attractions. Hidden gardens, views of the original Schuylerville-Greenwich Trolley stone piers, and a meandering path that leads you to the grand finale: Eagle Point, and a stunning view of the Northumberland Dam.
The Empire State Trail
When completed by the end of 2020, the Empire State Trail will be a continuous 750-mile route spanning the state from New York City to Canada and Buffalo to Albany, creating the longest multi-use state trail in the nation.
Part of the Champlain Valley portion of the Empire State Trail, visitors will enjoy the easy and flat route that runs through the Village of Schuylerville, along the original Champlain Canal towpath, and into Hudson Crossing Park. From there travelers can walk or bike over the historic Dix Bridge and continue their journey into Washington County.
The Empire State Trail provides visitors ample opportunity to explore the areas of historic, scenic, and cultural interest that our area provides. Plan extra time to explore Schuylerville’s historic downtown, where you will find unique shops and restaurants for all tastes, and enjoy Hudson Crossing Park’s many amenities, including the picnic pavilion, meditation labyrinth, and bike repair station (located by the entrance to the Sensory Trail head).
The Champlain Canalway Trail
The Canalway Trail is a network of approximately 300 miles of multiple-use trails across upstate New York. The Canalway Trail follows the towpaths of both active and historic sections of the New York State Canal System as well as adjacent abandoned rail corridors. Sections of the Canalway Trail follow the legendary Erie Canal route from Buffalo to Albany as well as the Champlain, Cayuga-Seneca and Oswego canals.
The Canalway Trail is not only a great long distance bicycling destination, but also an ideal close-to-home recreational resource for biking, walking, jogging and other types of seasonal trail activities. While the Champlain Canalway Trail and Empire State Trail overlap in many areas, keep an eye out for trail makers informing you of when they diverge. Like the Empire State Trail, the Canalway Trail primarily consists of a stone dust surface with some asphalt segments and is both on and off-road.