The Historic Mohawk River Ride
On June 5 in celebration of National Trails Day, the Village
of Scotia and the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor Commission present “The
Historic Mohawk River Ride”. The Ride
will travel through the scenic Mohawk River Valley on local roads, the
Mohawk-Hudson Bike/Hike Trail, and the Schoharie Bike Path.
Along the way we’ll stop at Revolutionary War
and Erie Canal historic sites.
The Ride begins at 9am at the Flint House Museum in the
Village of Scotia. We’ll bike to the
Rotterdam section of the Bike/Hike Trail where our first stop will be the Old
Erie Canal Lock 23. From there the route
follows 5S and the Schoharie Bike Path to the Yankee Lock restored Canal Store
Building. The ride crosses the Mohawk
River at Fort Hunter in view of the remains of the Schoharie Crossing Aqueduct,
where the Erie Canal crossed the Schoharie Creek.
The ride continues along Route 5 to Fort
Johnson, home of Sir William Johnson - the most important man in the Mohawk
Valley in the mid 1700’s. Leaving Fort
Johnson the ride returns to the Flint House Museum in Scotia.
At each stop the ride leaders will mention a
historical facts or stories about that site.
As the Ride follows the river valley, the terrain for the 40
mile Ride is generally flat. There’s one gradual climb on Rte 5S and one
“lowest gear” climb halfway through the ride into Tribes Hill after crossing
the river. Average riding pace by the
ride leaders will be about 13 mph, although riders are free to ride at their
own pace. With stops, participants
should allow about 6 hours to return to the Flint House.
The Ride is self-supported - there’s no SAG vehicle.
Please bring the food and drink you’ll need
to enjoy the ride. Several stores and
convenience marts where riders can buy
provisions dot the way . All
riders must have helmets to participate.
Please make sure your bike is in good working condition and you carry
tools and spare tubes. Entrance to Fort
Johnson is by paid admission, all other stops are at no charge.
The ride leaders recommend each rider bring
at least $20 for admission to Fort Johnson and for any items a rider may want
to buy along the ride.
The Mohawk Valley brims with Revolutionary War and Erie
Canal historic sites. Even though we
stop at several sites, we pass more along the ride and hope you’ll come by
again to spend time at those you see. If
you’d like to join us for the Historic Mohawk River Ride here’s some helpful
For further details about the Ride contact: Steve, email: ScotiaNYbiking@att.net
National Trails Day along the Erie Canalway
The most complete Mohawk River Valley website:
Food, Lodging, and Tourism in Scotia & Schenectady
Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce
Tourism in Montgomery county
Rail Trail information Select “NY”, then click on trails #11 and #58.
Click for Trail Map