These 22 acres mark the final encampment site for the British Army under General Burgoyne prior to their October 17, 1777 surrender to American forces. The trail is self-guided and offers a raised, accessible 1/2-mile pathway with interpretive signs.
"All things in this camp became sadder and sadder for us. Our poor sick and wounded crept around … to look for safe places … for compassionate surgeons who could dress their wounds or provide them with medicines…Loyal [Americans] walked around sadly bemoaning either the fate of their families...or their own if they should fall into the hands of their enemies. The horses began to die for lack of forage or they became living skeletons."—Brigadier Johann Friedrich Specht, 13 October 1777
In 1777, the British planned to crush American resistance in the Revolutionary War by marching an army south from Canada to Albany, NY, sweeping all opposition in their path. They almost succeeded, but were stopped in the Battles of Saratoga just 7 miles south of Victory Woods. Beaten in battle, the British hoped to escape back to Canada with the remnants of their army.
Although the retreating British army was here for only one week, these grounds should have been a treasure-trove of Revolutionary War artifacts. Yet, archaeologists working in 2005 found nothing left behind from the 2,500 British and loyalist Americans who were stationed here.
Exploring Victory Woods
To explore Victory Woods, park at Saratoga Monument (handicapped parking available at the end of Monument Dr.) Signs will direct you to the nearby Victory Woods trailhead.
Last updated: September 2, 2021