Experience history as it comes alive with a visit to Saratoga National Historic Park, offering a unique opportunity to explore the history of the American Revolution and the crucial turning point of the Battle of Saratoga. Offering a unique opportunity to learn about the American Revolutionary War, the park focuses on the Saratoga campaign. Located in Saratoga Springs NY, the park encompasses a number of historical sites, monuments and trails.
Of course, the main reason to visit Saratoga National Historic Park is its historical significance to the Revolutionary War. The Battle of Saratoga, which took place in the autumn of 1777, was a crucial turning point in the Revolutionary War.
A Little American History
Following a series of battles, American forces pushed the British under General Burgoyne south from Canada towards Saratoga NY. There, the Continental Army, led by General Horatio Gates, and the British clashed. Faced with superior numbers and a lack of supplies, Burgoyne surrendered on October 17, 1777. For the British, this loss was a disaster. It greatly reduced their chances of success in the American Revolution, while providing a moral boost to the Americans. For the Americans, this victory inspired France to formally recognize the United States and enter the war.
The battle began with an attack on the American forces at Freeman’s Farm on September 19. After a day of fighting, the British were forced to retreat, but Burgoyne was determined to press on. He launched another attack on October 7, which was ultimately unsuccessful. This was a decisive victory for the Americans, marking their first major victory for the Continental Army in the war.
France’s support eventually helped the Americans to break the British siege of Yorktown in 1781. That, of course, led to the eventual surrender of the British forces. And that, in turn, led to the Treaty of Paris in 1783, which ended the war.
In addition to the Saratoga Battlefield, the park includes a number of other historical sites and monuments. These include the Freeman Farm — the site of a minor battle during the Saratoga campaign — and the Schuyler House, the home of American General Philip Schuyler during the war.
Hiking in Saratoga National Historic Park
Another reason to visit Saratoga National Historic Park is its natural beauty. The park is located in a beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills, forests, and streams that offer visitors a chance to enjoy the great outdoors. Luckily for us, the park offers hiking trails, allowing us to get an up close view of the battlefield as well as to explore the natural beauty of the area, including the Wilkinson Trail, which offers views of the Hudson River Valley.
The trails range from easy and family-friendly to more challenging and rugged. Along the way, you will get to experience the beauty of the park and learn about the history of the American Revolution.
Hiking in Saratoga National Battlefield is a great way to explore and experience the history of the American Revolution. The trails provide a unique opportunity to learn more about the past and appreciate the beauty of the park.
Know Before You Go
The Visitor Center is a great place to start your visit to Saratoga National Historical Park. Grab a map, speak to a ranger, explore exhibits, or watch the 20-minute park film to learn about the historical impact of the Battles of Saratoga that took place here. During our visit, construction and park renovation unfortunately prevented us from going on the park’s driving tour.
Getting there: 648 NY-32, Stillwater, NY
Hours: Winter hours, Dec – Feb Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.; summer hours, 7 days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Website: National Park Service
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