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Crown Point State Historic Site, Crown Point, NY

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Saturday, July 15, 2023

Outing Details

9:00 – 11:00 am  |  Lake Champlain Paddle (moderate)
(Weather permitting - please bring your own boat and personal floatation device)
Join Adirondack Council staff members John Davis, Rewilding Advocate and Jess Grant, Conservation Associate on a paddle around Lake Champlain to explore the ecological significance of the waterway and the species that populate the lake and surrounding area. 

9:00 – 11:00 am  |  Historical Tour and Museum led by Museum Staff (easy)
Learn about the historic significance that Crown Point plays in New York history. Guests will be able to explore the historic grounds and hear from museum staff about the stories of different folks who have occupied the site. They’ll also venture into the museum on site to see a number of historical artifacts that have been discovered at Crown Point. $4.00 museum entry fee paid on site

9:00 – 11:00 am  |  Geology Walk & Talk (easy, uneven ground)
The New York State Park at Crown Point is known for the well-preserved ruins of forts that date from 18th century military engagements between the French and British struggling for control of Lake Champlain. The State Park also contains excellent rock exposures of much, much older chapters in the history of the Champlain Valley. This field trip will examine the rocks of the ~450 million-year-old Chazy Group limestones exposed in and around the fort. We will examine the fossils and rock features that record their origin in the shallow, tropical marine sea that existed in this part of North America during the geologic time period termed the Ordovician. The field trip involves walking on uneven ground through the Park and is led by Prof. Charlotte Mehrtens, who has studied and published numerous scholarly works on the geologic history of the Champlain Valley region of New York and Vermont.

2:00 - 3:30 pm  |  Coot Hill Hike (moderate)
Coot Hill Trail leads to one of the best viewpoints in the Champlain Valley. It follows a seasonal road to an old cemetery where it then goes to the overlook where hikers can look south down the Champlain Valley toward Ticonderoga, east across Bulwagga Bay and the Champlain Bridge toward the Green Mountain of Vermont, and north to Split Rock Wild Forest almost twenty miles away. Meanwhile, just to the south is “Big Hollow,” a glacial carved canyon whose cliffs provide thermal updrafts used by hawks when they migrate north and turkey vultures flying for fun and looking out for food. The trail is two-miles round trip and is fairly easy except for a couple short and somewhat steep inclines.

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