The Battle of Saratoga marked the first time in history the British Army surrendered in battle. Luckily for Americans, it wasn't the last. It happened in October of 1777, just as the American Read more...
The Battle of Saratoga marked the first time in history the British Army surrendered in battle. Luckily for Americans, it wasn't the last. It happened in October of 1777, just as the American Revolution was gaining momentum. This picturesque countryside saw the beginning of the end of British rule in North America.
After you check in at the visitor's center, climb 190 steps to the top of Saratoga Monument, the coolest spot in the park. Take in the murals on the walls as you get closer to the summit.
At the top, you get a true feel for the lay of the land on the battlefield. The green rolling hills show you where British Gen. John Burgoyne's troops marched, where they encamped, and where they surrendered. You might be able to see your own campsite from the top of monument, if you brought your binoculars.
Come back down to earth and see the beautifully restored Schuyler House. Guided tours last 45 minutes and run from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. The house gives you a glimpse into the Colonial life of American Gen. Philip Schuyler. The British burned his original house down then they retreated at the battle. He simply built a new one afterwards. That structure still stands today, and people in period costume show you what life was like in the late 1700s.
Saratoga has hiking and biking trails, too. Check out Victory Woods, a natural place that hides some of the remnants of the fort that used to stand here. The Wilkinson Trail runs 4.5 miles, so take an entire afternoon for that hike. The tour road offers a way to bike or drive.