100 Mile Challenge

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Cyclists along tour road

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Join the National Park Service to celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People by participating in the 100 mile challenge (winter, summer, or both) along the trails within Saratoga National Historical Park - participants are able to cross country ski, snowshoe, hike, or bike to complete the challenge. Keep track of miles you've accumulated in the park and when you reach that magic number - 100 - you will earn a special prize that places you in that elite group of wilderness pedestrians. The winter challenge takes place January 1, 2018 through April 30, 2018 and the summer challenge takes place May 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018.

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To register for the challenge, e-mail us with a list of all participants (dogs included). Call (518-670-2982) or message us on Facebook for more information. We'll be posting monthly to advertise guided recreational opportunities and you can share your experience with us via your favorite mobile hiking or riding app on our Facebook page - #SARA100mi.

Logging Your Miles:

Upon registration, an activity log will be provided to you to assist with tracking your mileage. When you have reached 100 miles, bring your log to the visitor center to receive your prize!

Join the 1,777 Club:

Just because you reached the 100 mile mark, doesn't mean you have to stop logging your miles! We're excited to announce a long term challenge for our visitors to rack up 1,777 miles here at Saratoga National Historical Park. All miles must be completed during the challenge time frames as posted (either Jan. - Apr., or May - Sep.) and must be completed within Saratoga NHP boundaries. Any participant signing up for a 100 mile challenge will automatically be signed up for the 1,777 challenge, so make sure you log those miles! Coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga, the deadline to reach 1,777 miles will be autumn of 2027 - more details will follow!

 
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Leashed dog on trail

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Bring Your Dog Along for the Challenge:

Dogs are great companions for enjoying the outdoors and are allowed on trails at Saratoga National Historical Park. Canine companions can participate in this challenge. To complete this challenge, each participating pet must hike 100 miles in the park with their human companion.

To register your dog, simply add your pet's name to your e-mail when you register for this challenge (and indicate that this is a pet). Keep track of the miles your dog hikes in the park along with your own miles. Dogs who hike 100 miles will receive a special pet award.

Please respect all visitors to parks and help protect site resources by following the park's pet policies:

  • Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. Leashes protect pets from becoming lost, from hazardous wildlife encounters, and from scaring or threatening wildlife. Leashes also protect other visitors who may be afraid, allergic, or who do not want a pet approaching them.

  • Pick up your pet's excrement. It is unpleasant to encounter and degrades the park's ecosystem.

  • Bring water for your pet to drink on your hikes. Streams may contain bacteria or parasites such as Giardia that are harmful to you and your pet.

  • As much as we love four-legged creatures, do not bring pets to public ranger programs; this avoids potential conflicts with other animals and respects other program participants.

 

2018 Scheduled Walks and Rides:

Visitors are encouraged and welcome to attend any one of these scheduled programs throughout 2018 and count the distance towards their 100 miles. For more information about these or other events at Saratoga National Historical Park, please be sure to check out our Schedule of Events.

Saturday, May 19th: Nature Walk

  • Join park naturalist Linda White by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 10:00am and caravan to special places in the park to see blooming flowers, plants, and migratory birds. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes. Amount of hiking is estimated to be between 1-3 miles.

Saturday, June 9th: Nature Walk

  • Join park naturalist Linda White by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 10:00am and caravan to special places in the park to see blooming flowers, plants, and migratory birds. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes. Amount of hiking is estimated to be between 1-3 miles.

Saturday, June 9th: Bike Tour

  • Join a park ranger for gentle rides along 4-6-mile sections of the park while hearing a variety of park stories. Meet by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 10:00am. Please bring your bike, water, and insect repellent. Helmets are required.

Tuesday, June 19th: History Walk

  • Meet at the visitor center at 9:30am to join Park Volunteer Jerry Parker on a leisurely guided tour exploring the first Battle of Saratoga. Caravan to various locations, then walk up to 1-3 miles over uneven ground. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.

Wednesday, June 20th: History Walk

  • Meet at the visitor center at 9:30am to join Park Volunteer Jerry Parker on a leisurely guided tour exploring the first Battle of Saratoga. Caravan to various locations, then walk up to 1-3 miles over uneven ground. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.

Saturday, June 23rd: Nature Walk

  • Join park naturalist Linda White by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 10:00am and caravan to special places in the park to see blooming flowers, plants, and migratory birds. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes. Amount of hiking is estimated to be between 1-3 miles.

Saturday, June 23rd: Bike Tour

  • Join a park ranger for gentle rides along 4-6-mile sections of the park while hearing a variety of park stories. Meet by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 10:00am. Please bring your bike, water, and insect repellent. Helmets are required.

Sunday, July 8th: Bike Tour

  • Join a park ranger for gentle rides along 4-6-mile sections of the park while hearing a variety of park stories. Meet by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 10:00am. Please bring your bike, water, and insect repellent. Helmets are required.

Sunday, July 22nd: Bike Tour

  • Join a park ranger for gentle rides along 4-6-mile sections of the park while hearing a variety of park stories. Meet by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 10:00am. Please bring your bike, water, and insect repellent. Helmets are required.

Wednesday, July 25th: History Walk

  • Meet at the visitor center at 9:30am to join Park Volunteer Fred Smith on a leisurely guided tour exploring the first Battle of Saratoga. Caravan to various locations, then walk up to 1-3 miles over uneven ground. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.

Thursday, July 26th: History Walk

  • Meet at the visitor center at 9:30am to join Park Volunteer Fred Smith on a leisurely guided tour exploring the first Battle of Saratoga. Caravan to various locations, then walk up to 1-3 miles over uneven ground. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.

Tuesday, August 7th: History Walk (3.5 hours)

  • Meet at the visitor center at 9:30am to join Park Volunteer Rick Rosen on a 3 1/2 hour guided tour exploring both Battles of Saratoga. Caravan to various locations, then walk up to 1-3 miles over uneven ground. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.

Saturday, August 11th: Bike Tour

  • Join a park ranger for gentle rides along 4-6-mile sections of the park while hearing a variety of park stories. Meet by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 10:00am. Please bring your bike, water, and insect repellent. Helmets are required.

Tuesday, August 21st: History Walk

  • Meet at the visitor center at 9:30am to join Park Volunteer Ray Palmer on a leisurely guided tour exploring the first Battle of Saratoga. Caravan to various locations, then walk up to 1 mile over uneven ground. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.

Wednesday, August 22nd: History Walk

  • Meet at the visitor center at 9:30am to join Park Volunteer Ray Palmer on a leisurely guided tour exploring the first Battle of Saratoga. Caravan to various locations, then walk up to 1 mile over uneven ground. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.

Saturday, August 25th: Bike Tour

  • Join a park ranger for gentle rides along 4-6-mile sections of the park while hearing a variety of park stories. Meet by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 10:00am. Please bring your bike, water, and insect repellent. Helmets are required.

Wednesday, September 5th: History Walk

  • Meet at the visitor center at 9:30am to join Park Volunteer Rick Rosen on a leisurely guided tour exploring the first Battle of Saratoga. Caravan to various locations, then walk up to 1 mile over uneven ground. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.

Thursday, September 6th: History Walk

  • Meet at the visitor center at 9:30am to join Park Volunteer Rick Rosen on a leisurely guided tour exploring the second Battle of Saratoga. Caravan to various locations, then walk up to 1 mile over uneven ground. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.

Saturday, September 8th: Nature Walk

  • Join park naturalist Linda White by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 10:00am and caravan to special places in the park to see blooming flowers, plants, and migratory birds. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes. Amount of hiking is estimated to be between 1-3 miles.

Wednesday, September 19th: Anniversary History Walk

  • Join Park Ranger Eric Schnitzer on a guided evening walk exploring the Battles of Saratoga. Meet by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 6:00pm. Tour will include hiking 1-2 miles over uneven ground. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp, water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.

Saturday, September 29th: National Bike Your Park Day

  • Join the celebration of National Public Lands Day! Explore your parks and public lands by bicycle with thousands of people across the country on the same day—the third annual Bike Your Park Day! Bring your friends and family and help them discover the bicycling opportunities in your backyard.

Thursday, October 4th: History Walk (3.5 hours)

  • Meet at the visitor center at 9:30am to join Park Volunteer Rick Rosen on a 3 1/2 hour guided tour exploring both Battles of Saratoga. Caravan to various locations, then walk up to 1-3 miles over uneven ground. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.

Saturday, October 6th: Nature Walk

  • Join park naturalist Linda White by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 10:00am and caravan to special places in the park to see blooming flowers, plants, and migratory birds. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes. Amount of hiking is estimated to be between 1-3 miles.

Sunday, October 7th: Anniversary History Walk

  • Join Park Ranger Eric Schnitzer on a guided evening walk exploring the Battles of Saratoga. Meet by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 3:00pm. Tour will include hiking 1-2 miles over uneven ground. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp, water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.

Last updated: September 20, 2018

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Mailing Address:

648 Route 32
Stillwater, NY 12170

Phone:

(518) 670-2985
Saratoga National Historical Park information desk available daily from 9am - 5pm

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