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Discover Saratoga National Historical Park - Site of the Battle of Saratoga

Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater, NY, features a number of attractions and fun activities for visitors to do throughout the year. Explore the site of the historic Battle of Saratoga, take a tour of the Schuyler House, check out the Saratoga Monument, walk through Victory Woods, and more.

Visit the Site of the Battle of Saratoga

two cannons facing a field

Saratoga National Historical Park, part of the US National Park Service, commemorates the site where our emerging nation fought for its first victory in the Battle of Saratoga during the American Revolution.

The park is made up of multiple units, all just a short drive from each other:

  • The 4-square-mile Saratoga Battlefield in Stillwater
  • The General Philip Schuyler House, approximately 7 miles north of the Battlefield
  • The Saratoga Monument, a 155-foot obelisk that commemorates the American victory, located approximately 7 1/2 miles north of the Battlefield
  • Victory Woods, a 22-acre parcel of land that served as British General John Burgoyne's final encampment before his surrender
  • Saratoga Surrender Site, an outdoor memorial that marks the site of the British Surrender after the Battle of Saratoga

Best of all - there is no longer an entrance fee to the park! You can visit Saratoga National Historical Park any time of the year for free. The park is open every day for the summer season, from sunrise to sunset.

The Battlefield

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The Battlefield Grounds are where the turning point of the Revolutionary War took place. If you want to stand on the grounds of a vital moment in history, it is worth exploring this area of the park.

Saratoga Battlefield features several miles of hiking trails, including its only marked trail, the 4 1/2-mile Wilkinson Trail. Other trails are established but not marked. All of the hiking trails are for pedestrian use only.

The Battlefield Grounds are open daily, sunrise to sunset.

The Visitor Center

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Photo Credit: SaratogaPhotographer.com

Don't overlook the Visitor Center! This is where you can start your tour of the battlefield. It's open year round, and you will find a wealth of information about the history of the land. You can view a short 20-minute film, look at artifacts, and browse through several displays, including interactive maps.

Want to learn if you have roots at the park? Visitors can search in a database for ancestors who may have fought at Saratoga.

The Visitor Center also boasts a scenic overlook of the battlefield. There are several picnic tables and a covered patio behind the building to sit back and enjoy the natural landscape.

2024 Hours of Operation:

  • The Visitor Center is open daily, 9:00am-5:00pm

The Tour Road

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Pick up a park map and brochure at the entrance to use on a self-guided driving tour of the battlefield from April through November - there are wayside interpretive stops along the 9-mile road.

You'll have several opportunities along the way to interact with the friendly park Rangers, touch real cannons used in the Revolutionary War, and truly immerse yourself in the historical experience.

The land isn't just historical - it's gorgeous. Trace through the soldiers' footsteps and prepare to be in awe of your surroundings. It begins at the scenic Freeman Farm Overlook, which provides a stunning view of the tree line, hills, and ravines that have not changed much since 1777.

There are several great spots to take a break, have a picnic, or just soak up the views. Without any stops, the drive should take about 30 minutes. If you check out each interpretive stop, the drive takes approximately 1.5-2 hours.

2024 Hours of Operation:

  • The Battlefield Tour Road is open daily for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists from 9:00am-6:00pm
  • The Horse Trail Road is currently closed due to extreme water conditions. Check back for updates regarding the reopening of the trail

The Schuyler House

yellow historic cottage

The restored Schuyler House offers a glimpse into Colonial life and was the country home of American General Philip Schuyler. Schuyler had the home rebuilt after the British burned it to the ground during their retreat.

2024 Hours of Operation:

  • The Schuyler House is open for the season
  • Open Friday-Sunday 
  • Guided Tours: 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, and 11:30am
  • Open Houses: 1:00pm and 4:00pm

The Saratoga Monument

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The Saratoga Monument was built to commemorate where the British General Burgoyne surrendered. There is a brief talk by a Ranger stationed at the monument.

The presentation and the climb to and from the top of the 155-foot granite monument totals about 30 minutes. The view from the top offers a unique perspective of the farmlands and countryside where the Continental Army battled and the history of the world took a sharp turn toward liberty for all people.

2024 Hours of Operation:

  • Opening date to be announced

Victory Woods

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North of the Saratoga Monument is a 22-acre parcel of land called Victory Woods. A trail through the woods opened to the public in June 2010, and it was the location of British General John Burgoyne's final encampment before his surrender to the American army on October 17, 1777.

You can find informational signs about John Burgoyne's surrounded army along the 1/2-mile boardwalk and trail. The pathway is a scenic route through dense woodlands, and it is handicap accessible from Monument Drive. Be sure to check out the shallow trenches along the way - the last remnants of the fortifications.

To get to the Victory Woods Trail, there are a few options:

  • Park at the Saratoga Monument and follow the pathway through Prospect Hill Cemetery to the trailhead for a 1.6 mile round trip walk
  • Just east of the Saratoga Monument, drive down Monument Drive and park at the end. The trailhead will be a short walk away

2024 Hours of Operation:

  • Victory Woods is open daily from sunrise to sunset

Surrender Site

view of the Saratoga Surrender Site

The Saratoga Surrender Site is located on Route 4 just one mile south of Schuylerville, and the outdoor memorial marks the site of the British Surrender after the Battle of Saratoga.

There is an accessible sidewalk that curves through the site and ends at a grand bronze sculpture overlooking the Hudson River.

2024 Hours of Operation:

  • Open daily for the summer, sunrise to sunset

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