Ill. GENERAL REGULATIONS
36 CFR §2.1- PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
(a)(4) Dead wood on the ground may be collected for use as fuel for campfires within the park in the following areas:
- The entire Park area is closed to gathering of wood for campfires.
(a)(5) The following conditions are in effect for walking, climbing, entering, ascending or traversing the listed archeological or cultural resource, monuments or statues:
- These activities are prohibited on all archeological sites.
(b) Hiking or pedestrian traffic is restricted to the trail or walkway as listed in Section 1.5 of this document.
- These would include the Wilkinson Trail, historic road traces, and the multiple use trail along the tour road.
(c)(1), (c)(2) The following fruits, nuts, berries or unoccupied seashells may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption, in accordance with the noted size, quantity, collection sites and/or use or consumption restrictions:
- Edible mushrooms;
These fruits are the most common, readily available, and easily identified. These should be limited to one quart or less per person.
36 CFR §2.2 - WILDLIFE PROTECTION
(d) The transporting of lawfully taken wildlife through the park is permitted under the following conditions and procedures:
Lawfully taken wildlife may be transported through the park area along US Route 4, NY Route 32 / 423, Town of Stillwater roads Lohnes and Phillips, and park entrance road between Phillips Road and Route 4. Such animals must be properly tagged according to NYS Environmental Conservation law.
(e) The following areas are closed to the viewing of wildlife with the use of an artificial light:
36 CFR §2.3 - FISHING
(a) The following State fishing laws and/or regulations, as noted, do not apply in the listed areas:
(d)(2) Possession or use of live or dead minnows or other bait fish, amphibian, non-preserved fish eggs or roe is permitted in the following fresh water areas:
The taking of crayfish or bait fish within the park is prohibited;
Possession or use of live or dead minnows or other bait fish on the Hudson River and all tributaries below the first water impound (dam) is prohibited by NYS Environmental Conservation law.
(d)(4) In accordance with federal statutory law, commercial fishing is authorized in the following areas, under the conditions noted:
36 CFR §2.4 - WEAPONS, TRAPS, AND NETS
(a)(2)(i) Weapons, traps, or nets may only be carried, possessed or used at the following designated times and locations:
36 CFR §2.10 - CAMPING and FOOD STORAGE
(a) The sites and areas listed below have been designated for camping activities as noted. A permit system has been established for certain campgrounds or camping activities, and conditions for camping and camping activities are in effect as noted:
36 CFR §2.11 - PICNICKING
Conditions for Picnicking:
Formal picnicking is permitted at the following developed areas:
Park Tour Road entrance;
Tour Road Stop #9;
Tour Road Stop #10.
Informal picnicking is permitted in all other park areas.
Cooking or the use of fires including self-contained fuel stoves is limited to grills in the three designated formal picnic sites.
36 CFR §2.13 - FIRES
(a)(1) The lighting or maintaining of fires is generally prohibited, except as provided for in the following designated areas and/or receptacles, and under the conditions noted:
- 18th century encampment fire-circles with fire protection materials on hand (by permit only);
- Brush disposal by certified NPS fire crew;
- Management use of fire by certified NPS fire crew;
- Picnic area located at the Handicapped parking lot entrance to the Visitor Center in the provided raised charcoal grills;
- Picnic area located at the Park Tour Road Entrance in the provided raised charcoal grills.
Established Conditions for Fires:
- Fires will be banned when the State, County, or Town Government does enact a burn ban on properties surrounding the Park.
(a)(2) The following restrictions are in effect for the use of stoves or lanterns:
(b) Fires must be extinguished according to the following conditions:
- Fires must be extinguished to cold to touch before leaving area.
See special use permit requirements listed under Section 1.5
High fire dangers will be in effect as determined by the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) and protocol established by the State of New York.
36 CFR §2.14 - SANITATION and REFUSE
(a)(2) The use of government refuse receptacles or facilities for dumping household, commercial or industrial refuse, brought as such from private or municipal property is allowed under the following conditions:
(c) Conditions for the disposal, containerization, or carryout of human body waste have been established as follows:
36 CFR §2.15 - PETS
(a)(1) The following structures and/or areas are closed to the possession of pets:
The regulation authorizes the superintendent to close other areas of the park to the possession of dogs, cats, and other pets. The Service has determined that most commemorative zones should be closed to the possession of pets. At the present time:
Areas closed to pets include all park buildings and picnic sites.
Dogs used by disabled individuals as aids are exempt.
Working dogs used by certified Law Enforcement, Fire, or Search & Rescue organizations are exempt;
Dogs must be controlled by a leash not longer than six feet.
(a)(3) Pets may be left unattended and tied to an object in the following areas, under the conditions noted:
At the pet tie-post installed in front of the Visitor Center;
Near the front entrance to the Monument and Schuyler House, while the owner is visiting those structures.
(a)(5) Pet excrement must be disposed of in accordance with the following conditions:
All animal waste must be removed no matter the location (road, paths, trail, open field, or around buildings);
Bags/Mitts are provided at the beginning of the Park Tour Road, beginning of the Wilkinson trail, and beginning of the Horse Trail.
(e) Pets may be kept by park residents under the following conditions:
36 CFR §2.16 - HORSES and PACK ANIMALS
(a) The following animals are designated as pack animals for purposes of transporting equipment:
(b) The use of horses or pack animals are allowed on the following trails, routes or areas:
The unimproved/designated horse trail which begins at the south gate. The superintendent may impose closure to the trail when weather conditions warrant.
Shoulders of the park tour road pursuant to Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York. (Article 34- B section 1261. "Traffic laws apply to persons riding or leading horses" adopted under 36 CFR 4.2 state law applicable.
(d) Free-trailing or loose-herding is allowed on the following trails/routes, subject to the conditions noted:
(g) Other conditions concerning the use of horses or pack animals:
The superintendent may require users to acquire a special use permit for horse related activities. Please refer to Section 1.5 regarding permits required.
36 CFR §2.17 - AIRCRAFT and AIR DELIVERY
(a)(1) Areas designated for operating or using aircraft:
The operation of aircraft is not permitted in any area of the Park. Authorized Aircraft participating in Law Enforcement, Fire, Search and Rescue, or Resource Management activities will be exempt.
(c)(1) The removal of a downed aircraft, components, or parts thereof is subject to procedures established by the Superintendent through written authorization.
36 CFR §2.18 - SNOWMOBILES
(c) Snowmobile operation:
- The operation or use of Snowmobiles is not permitted in any area of the Park. Authorized Snow machines participating in Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, or Resource Management activities will be exempt.
36 CFR §2.19 - WINTER ACTIVITIES
(a) The following park roads and/or parking areas open to motor vehicle traffic may be used for skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, inner-tubing, tobogganing, and similar winter activities under the conditions noted:
Visitor Center Parking Area;
Bemis Heights/ Route 32 Parking area;
The Park Tour Road is closed to vehicle access between December 1st and Daylight Savings Time Change;
(b) The towing of persons on skis, sled or other similar device by motor vehicle or snowmobile is allowed in the following areas and/or routes:
36 CFR §2.20 - SKATING, SKATEBOARDS and SIMILAR DEVICES
The use of roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices are allowed only in the following areas:
The operation or use of roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices is not permitted in any area of the Park;
Segway vehicles are not permitted in the park since the devices are prohibited from roadways under New York State motor vehicle regulations.
Unlike bicycles, skating devices have a limited ability to stop. Therefore, we propose to also close all roads within Saratoga National Historical Park to skating devices. The roadway has numerous narrow and winding sections with limited visibility and a high volume of passenger vehicles, recreational vehicles, and buses.
36 CFR §2.21 - SMOKING
(a) The following portions of the park, or all or portions of buildings, structures or facilities are closed to smoking as noted:
All buildings are designated as closed to smoking. The area outside of the access doors will be open to smoking;
The area around all historic buildings will be closed to smoking;
During times of high fire danger, smoking will not be permitted on the Park grounds. The Park will follow the Local/ County/ State determination of fire danger.
It has been determined that smoking is prohibited in all park buildings, structures, and facilities to protect park resources, reduce the risk of fire, and prevent conflicts among visitor use activities. Also, the park will comply with the provision of the "Clean Indoor Air Act-2003" sec.1399 of the State of New York which prohibits smoking in public buildings.
Pursuant to the Directors Policy Memorandum 15-03, the use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) or "vaping" will be treated the same as smoking.
36 CFR §2.22 - PROPERTY
(a)(2) Property may be left unattended for periods longer than 24 hours in the following areas and under the following conditions:
No property may be left unattended in any area of the Park;
Employees participating in authorized government travel may park their vehicles for extended periods of time in the Headquarters complex or in the Maintenance Facility complex.
36 CFR §2.23 - RECREATION FEES
(b) Recreation fees, and/or a permit, in accordance with 36 CFR part 71, are established for the following entrance fee areas, and/or for the use of the following specialized sites, facilities, equipment or services, or for participation in the following group activity, recreation events or specialized recreation uses:
36 CFR §2.35 - ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES and CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
(a)(3)(i) The following public use areas, portions of public use areas, and/or public facilities within the park are closed to consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed:
There are no prohibited areas. The superintendent has not determined a need to close any area to alcohol consumption provided that no violations of federal or state regulations have occurred. These prohibitions would include:
Alcohol possession/consumptions by minors;
Possession or consumption of alcohol within motor vehicles;
Possession/use of controlled substances.
36 CFR §2.38 - EXPLOSIVES
(b) Fireworks may be possessed and/or used in the following areas, under the conditions noted:
36 CFR §2.51 - PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES, MEETINGS
(a) Public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades, and other expressions of views are allowed providing a special use permit has been issued by the office of the superintendent.
Application for a special use permit must be made in writing to the superintendent at least 48 hours before the event;
All permits will be issued with provisions that make clear that permitees may not harass visitors or impede visitors' mobility into, out of, or within the National Park;
- Demonstrations involving 25 persons or fewer may be held without a permit within designated park areas (See attached maps) unless they wish to distribute and/or sell printed matter somewhere outside a designated First Amendment area or use equipment (i.e. tables, banners, platforms, etc.).
36 CFR §2.62 - MEMORIALIZATION
(c) A permit is required for the scattering of ashes from cremated human remains, or in the following designated areas without a permit, in accordance with the following terms and conditions:
36 CFR §3.6 - BOATING OPERATIONS
(d)(1) Vessels may not create a wake or exceed 5 mph in the following areas:
(h) The following areas/sites are designated for the launching or recovery of vessels using a trailer:
(i) The following areas/sites are designated for the launching or recovery of vessels propelled by machinery:
(l) Vessels must meet the following size, length or width restrictions:
There are no restrictions on the size, length, or width of vessels operated on the Hudson River. The State may impose restrictions on the size, length, or width of vessels.
Operation of vessels on the Creeks and Streams of the Park are closed to vessel operation.
Authorized watercraft participating in Law Enforcement, Fire, Search and Rescue, or Resource Management activities will be exempt.
36 CFR §3.20 - WATER SKIING
(a) The towing of persons by vessels is allowed in the following areas under the terms and conditions noted:
36 CFR §3.21 - SWIMMING AND BATHING
(a)(1) The following areas are closed to swimming and bathing:
36 CFR §3.23 - SCUBA AND SNORKELING
(a) SCUBA diving and snorkeling is permitted in the following swimming, docking, and mooring areas under the terms and conditions noted:
36 CFR §4.10 - TRAVEL ON PARK ROADS AND ROUTES
(a) Park roads, open for travel by motor vehicle are those indicated below, and/or as indicated in the following publication or document (attached hereto):
No routes or areas are designated as open for use of motor vehicles off established paved roads and parking areas except by permit;
Parking is prohibited on the Park Entrance road between the Visitor Center Parking area and US Route 4; Lohnes Road between Mill Creek and Phillips Road; Phillips Road from the Park boundary to the Park Entrance Road;
The mowed grass Historic Roads System is closed to public motor vehicle use. All motor vehicles, including motorcycles and mopeds, are restricted to paved roads.
(c)(1) Track-laying motor vehicles, or other motor vehicles equipped with a similar traction device may be operated on the following routes under the terms and conditions noted:
36 CFR §4.11 - VEHICLE LOAD, WEIGHT AND SIZE LIMITS
(a) The following load, weight and size limits, which are more restrictive than State law, apply to the roads indicated under the terms and conditions, and/or under permit as noted:
The Park Entrance Road has a posted load limit of 20 ton;
The Park Tour Road has a posted load limit of 10 ton;
The Phillips Road has a posted load limit of 10 ton;
Commercial vehicles are permitted on the Park Entrance Road for local Park deliveries from the Route 4 entrance to Phillip's and Lohnes Road;
Commercial vehicles are prohibited on the park tour road.
36 CFR §4.21 - SPEED LIMITS
(a) The following speed limits are established for the routes/roads indicated:
The posted speed limit for the Park Entrance Road is 30 miles per hour;
The posted speed limit for the Park Tour Road is 25 miles per hour;
The posted speed limit for the Phillips Road is 45 miles per hour;
The posted speed limit for the Lohnes Road is 45 miles per hour;
The posted speed limit for the US Route 4 is 55 miles per hour;
The posted speed limit for the NY Route 32 is 55 miles per hour.
Speed limits on some park roads have been reduced to allow for safer pedestrian use. Many SARA visitors come to the park to walk, run and bike. The roadway has numerous narrow and winding sections with limited visibility and a high volume of passenger vehicles, recreational vehicles, and buses.
36 CFR §4.30 - BICYCLES
(a) Park roads and parking areas that are closed to bicycle use are listed in section 1.5 of this document.
Bicycle use is permitted on the park tour road and paved tour stops. Operators are subject to New York State regulations found in the motor vehicle code.
Bicycle use is prohibited off of paved routes. Law Enforcement bike patrol operations will be exempt.
36 CFR §4.31 - HITCHHIKING
Hitchhiking is permitted in the following areas under the conditions noted: