Visit Saratoga National Historical Park and the Champlain Canal

Battlefield cannons overlooking the Champlain Canal

Explore the interconnected waterways that shaped North America’s destiny. From Dutch and French explorations to the French and Indian War to the Revolutionary War and Battle of Saratoga to its canal heydays in the 1800s, the Champlain Region will connect you with people, places and events that fueled the Nation. Start with a blast at Saratoga Battlefield and then head to the canal to complete your adventure. Choose from boating, cycling, and hiking options to add active recreation to your journey.

Start Your Trip Here

Boat entering Lock 5 on the Champlain Canal
Champlain Lock 5

Saratoga National Historical Park
648 Route 32, Stillwater
(518) 670-2985
www.nps.gov/sara
Walk, drive or bicycle pastoral lands where in 1777 Americans fought overwhelming odds to win a key Revolutionary War victory against the British. Known as one of the most important battles in the last millennium, the victory drew international allies to win America’s War for Independence and spread the ideals of independence and liberty around the world.

Start at the visitor center to get oriented, see the film and museum exhibits, and then head out into the park. You can drive or bicycle the battlefield’s scenic 10-mile tour road and hike historic trails. Special events are offered year-round. If you are traveling with kids, be sure to pick up a Junior Ranger Activity book. The park also includes three nearby sites: the country home of General Philip Schuyler in Schuylerville and the Saratoga Monument and Victory Woods in the nearby village of Victory.

Champlain Lock 5 and Hudson Crossing Park
Lock C5 Island, Schuylerville
www.hudsoncrossingpark.org
Visit Champlain Canal Lock 5 to see boats being lifted and lowered. Compare today’s lock, built in 1915, with the remains of the 1800s towpath-era canal alongside it.  Ask the lock keeper for a peek inside the lock’s original hydroelectric powerhouse. Hudson Crossing Park is centered on the island formed by Lock 5. This educational park features over two miles of waterfront trails, picnic sites, whimsical sculptures, unique children’s play garden, kayak launch, and links to the Old Champlain Canal towpath. The park is a great place for children to explore and play.

How far? Champlain Lock 5 and Hudson Crossing Park are 13 miles north of Saratoga NHP. Take U.S. Route 4. General Phillip Schuyler’s home and the Village of Schuylerville are on the way. 

Get Active!

Cyclist at Saratoga NHP
Cyclists at Saratoga NHP

Choose from these great options for active recreation in this area:

Cycle in Saratoga NHP- the Park’s 10-mile loop road is a great way to enjoy the park. A cycling/walking lane is available most of the way. A steep ascent toward the end adds a bit of challenge. If you’re cycling with kids or want an easier ride, cycle out and back from the visitor center to the vista at the American River Fortification (#3 on the Park Tour Map).

Hike in Saratoga NHP- There are several options for short and long hikes that will take you though the park’s woodlands, meadows, and revolutionary history. Access trails, including the popular 4.2-mile Wilkinson Trail, starting at the Visitor Center or by driving to trailheads that begin at numbered stops on the tour road.

Paddle the Champlain Canal- Launch your kayak or canoe at Lock C5 in Schuylerville to explore the canal and Hudson River.

Walk at Hudson Crossing Park- Two miles of walking paths are flat and well maintained. Try the Riverwalk Sensory Trail, a shady path along the water with informative signs to educate you about the area.

Take a cruise- Get on the water for a narrated tour.

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Schuyler House
Schuyler House

Schuyler House, Rte 4 Schuylerville, NY
(518) 670-2985 (Saratoga NHP Visitor Desk)
www.nps.gov/sara
Visit the country home of Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler—military man, entrepreneur, politician, and godfather of the canal system of New York State.  Schuyler built this house amid the ruins of another home destroyed by the retreating British army under General John Burgoyne in the autumn of 1777.  The house is open for guided tours from Memorial Day through mid-October. 

Saratoga Monument and Victory Woods, Victory, NY
(518) 670-2985 (Saratoga NHP Visitor Desk)
www.nps.gov/sara
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Hudson River and Green Mountains from the upper levels of the 155 ft high Saratoga Monument, which features unique artwork in this Egyptian and Gothic obelisk. The Monument is open from Memorial Day through mid-October. Nearby Victory Woods is an award-winning accessible boardwalk, where British forces encamped prior to surrendering to the American army in 1777. Stroll the boardwalk, see original artwork and learn fascinating stories of those who came before us.

Capital-Saratoga Region Tourism Information
www.capital-saratoga.com

Best Bet Dining Options

There are several restaurants in Schuylerville, 12 miles north of Saratoga NHP, or bring a picnic; both Saratoga NHP and Hudson Crossing Park have picnic tables. Additional options can be found within 15-20 minutes drive in the surrounding communities of Stillwater, Saratoga Springs and Saratoga Lake.

Find other adventures in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor at www.eriecanalway.org

Last updated: March 24, 2015