News from the Champlain Canalway Trail
A long-planned visitor center immediately adjacent to the Champlain Canalway Trail (CCT) in Schuylerville may soon come into being. Located close to the mid-point of the CCT, the Champlain Canal Region Gateway Visitor Center, will be built on Route 29/Ferry Street close to Fort Hardy Park and the Field of Grounded Arms, where General Burgoyne’s troops surrendered their weapons following defeat at the Battles of Saratoga. The center also will be within sight of an intact section of the historic Champlain Canal.
A collaborative effort between Lakes-to-Locks Passage, the Historic Hudson – Hoosic Rivers Partnership, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Saratoga National Historical Park, the Town of Saratoga, Saratoga County and others, the center will provide information about communities and historic, natural, cultural and recreational experiences along the Lakes to Locks Passage Scenic Byway and the CCT.
Funding for the project came from a number of New York and Federal grants, as well as a generous donation of timber from Saratoga County. The recently-passed New York State budget included an additional $250,000 to support the construction. Currently, construction is expected to begin this summer and be completed by summer of 2017. During this same timeframe, a short segment of the CCT in Schuylerville is expected to be completed. With that gap closed, the visitor center will be connected directly by trail to the General Philip Schuyler House to the south and to Hudson Crossing Park and Washington County via the Dix Bridge to the north.