This 7-mile Empire State Trail section has varied conditions. The route runs north from a Visitor Center on Ferry Street in the Village of Schuylerville, where local services are available. The first 1.25 miles is mostly an off-road stonedust path on the towpath of the 19th century Champlain Canal, through Hudson Crossing Park to the iconic Dix Bridge, a walking and bicycling bridge over the Hudson River. From there, the route is designated along local roads north for 5.5 miles to Fort Miller, passing by woods, farmlands, river views, and the active Champlain Canal. These low-traffic roads are comfortable for walkers and casual bicyclists (River Rd is particularly scenic). This section ends at the intersection of North River Road and Route 4 in Fort Miller.
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