Hiking

Saratoga NHP 100 Mile Challenge

Saratoga National Historical Park

Black Arrowhead with cyclist and footprints
2017 100 Mile Challenge Logo

NPS

Join the National Park Service to celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People by participating in the 100 mile challenge along the trails within Saratoga National Historical Park - participants are able to hike or bike to complete the challenge. Starting May 1st, 2017, keep track of miles you've hiked or biked 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 first 100 people to complete the challenge will also receive an additional award!

Hike alone or with a group. Ranger-led hikes will be offered throughout the summer, be sure to check out our 2017 Calendar of Events. Like spontaneity? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter - when the weather's nice, we might just suggest a hike or ride.


To register for the challenge, e-mail us your name and e-mail address. Call (518-670-2982) or message us on Facebook or Twitter for more information. We'll be sending out monthly posts and tweets to advertise walks and you can share your hikes or rides with us via your favorite mobile hiking or riding app on our Facebook page. Just hashtag it #SARA100mi.

Download the Challenge Log Form:

Download the log to keep track of your miles. When you have reached 100 miles, turn in the completed log at the visitor center to receive your prize.

More Information:

For further information and answers to questions you may have about the challenge, check out our Frequently Asked Questions sheet.

To learn more about trails in the park, please visit our maps page for trail maps and information.
Black paw print with 'HIKE 100' written inside
Pet Logo for SARA 100 mile challenge

Is your dog joining you 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 email 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.

2017 Scheduled Hikes and Rides:

Visitors are encouraged and welcome to attend any one of these scheduled programs throughout 2017 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 Calendar of Events.
Saturday, May 20th: Birding and 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, May 21st: Bike Summit
  • Join Saratoga NHP and a variety of local bike organizations and shops to prep your gear for the 2017 biking season. Meet by the flagpole in the visitor center parking lot at 3:00pm to participate in a 5-mile ranger-guided bike tour.
Saturday, June 10th: Birding and 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 24th: Birding and 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.
Thursday, July 6th: Evening 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 6:00pm. Please bring your bike, water, and insect repellent. Helmets are required.
Monday, July 10th: Early Morning History Stroll
  • 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 mile over uneven ground. Please bring water and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.
Tuesday, July 11th: Early Morning History Stroll
  • Meet at the visitor center at 9:30am to join Park Volunteer Jerry Parker 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.
Thursday, July 13th: Evening 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 6:00pm. Please bring your bike, water, and insect repellent. Helmets are required.
Tuesday, July 18th: Evening 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 6:00pm. Please bring your bike, water, and insect repellent. Helmets are required.
Tuesday, July 25th: Evening 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 6:00pm. Please bring your bike, water, and insect repellent. Helmets are required.
Wednesday, August 2nd: Evening 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 6:00pm. Please bring your bike, water, and insect repellent. Helmets are required.
Thursday, August 3rd: Early Morning History Stroll
  • 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.
Friday, August 4th: Early Morning History Stroll
  • 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.
Wednesday, August 9th: Evening 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 6:00pm. Please bring your bike, water, and insect repellent. Helmets are required.
Wednesday, August 16th: Evening 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 6:00pm. Please bring your bike, water, and insect repellent. Helmets are required.
Wednesday, August 23rd: Evening Bike Tour
  • 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.
Thursday, August 24th: Early Morning History Stroll
  • 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, September 9th: Birding and 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.
Tuesday, September 19th: Evening History Stroll
  • Join a Park Ranger on a guided evening stroll 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 23rd: Birding and 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, September 30th: 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 second annual Bike Your Park Day! Bring your friends and family and help them discover the bicycling opportunities in your backyard. A special program will be offered during the afternoon, details will be made available in August.
Tuesday, October 10th: Evening History Stroll
  • Join a Park Ranger on a guided evening stroll exploring the Siege at Saratoga. Meet by the restrooms near the Monument 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, October 14th: Birding and 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.
Details

Suggest 12 and older, but all are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Saratoga National Historical Park is a fee free park

Unless otherwise noted, park events typically take place at the battlefield unit of the park.

Reservations are not required, but registration is.  Please e-mail SARA_info@nps.gov to register for the 100 mile challenge.

Park grounds are open daylight hours

Accessibility Information

The Battlefield Driving Tour Road (bike route) is paved, but there are sections with steep grades that may be difficult to navigate.

Wilkinson Trail is made up of a mixture of forest floor (roots and twigs),mowed grass, and crosses small streams. While parts of the trail are easy to traverse, there are sections with steep grades that may be difficult to navigate.

The Victory Woods Trail received the National Park Service 2010 Architectural Design Project Achievement Award for its accessibility. Handicapped parking for Victory Woods is located at the end of Monument Drive in Schuylerville.

Visitor Center

Parking: two spaces available in main parking lot at bottom of ramp. Ramp has a steep incline to visitor center, so additional parking is available on Roosevelt Rd. closer to building if needed.

Entrance: automatic front doors (2 sets) open outwards, ramp and automatic rear door opens outwards

Restrooms: partially accessible indoor restrooms are available in the visitor center - a handicap stall is available, but there is no automatic door. A partially accessible outdoor portable toilet is available in the lower level of the visitor center parking area near the tour road entrance.

Water: water fountains located inside visitor center between restrooms and one located outside off ramp from main parking lot. Water contains sodium in excess of 20 mg/L

Picnic tables: handicap accessible picnic area is accessible from main parking lot, picnic tables are also available behind visitor center

Exhibits: artifacts on display in glass cases, visually and physically available from a wheelchair. Doors from museum area to paved patio are automatic.

 

Tour Road (during open season)

A 10-mile driving tour road provides access to areas where the critical 1777 events took place.  Along the way there are a total of 10 stops, each stop has a parking area and interpretive signage.

Parking: each stop along the tour road has two accessible parking spaces.

Restrooms: partially accessible outdoor portable toilets are available at tour road stops 2 and 6, and a composting toilet is available at tour road stop 7. Currently, these outdoor toilets do not meet ABAAS requirements - the park has undergone an accessibility review and will be implementing these critical upgrades in the future.

Walkways: all tour road stops have paved walkways, many meet ADA grade and slope requirements, but some do not. Some visitors may experience difficulty accessing tour road stops 2, 7, and 8. The park has undergone an accessibility review and will be implementing these critical walkway upgrades in the future.

Last updated: April 3, 2017