SARATOGA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK:
STILLWATER, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: July 4, 2007
Length: Tour Road Loop; 10.5 miles
Tour Road Loop by bike; 12.7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate. Paved road with bike lane, however, some grades may be tough for kids on bikes.
Take I-87 north to Exit 12. Turn right off the exit; you will be on Route 67 eastbound. Note; you will be entering a traffic circle. Stay in the right lane to go through the traffic circle, remaining on Rt. 67 eastbound. Before the next traffic circle, move into the left lane. Use this lane in the traffic circle. Go 3/4 of the way through the circle and exit for U.S. Rt. 9 headed north. The turn will be to your left as you approach the second circle, but on your right when you are in the traffic circle. Exit right from the circle to get onto Rt. 9 northbound. After exiting the circle for Rt. 9 northbound, drive about 1.6 miles to the second traffic light. There, turn right onto Rt. 9 P. Drive about 4.5 miles along Rt. 9 P (Saratoga Lake will be to your left), looking for a right turn for Rt. 423. Turn right onto Rt. 423. After about 5.5 miles on Rt. 423, look for a left turn for Rt. 32. Turn left onto Rt. 32. Drive about 2 miles on Rt. 32. The entrance for the Battlefield will be on your right. Note; Brown and white signs for "Saratoga National Historical Park" are found at all necessary turns en route.
Saratoga National Historical Park; Here in the autumn of 1777 American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory renewed patriotsí hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world. For more History CLICK HERE . Bicycling is a scenic and popular way to tour the battlefield. Helmets are required for cyclists under the age of 15. Entrance fees are in effect during the fee season. (Entrance Fee Season: May 1 - October 31 annually. There is a multi-use lane available for bicycling and pedestrian use on the 10-mile paved tour road. For Tour Road Hours; CLICK HERE The Visitor Center is open 7 days a week and closed only 3 times a year. For more information visit; NPS .
Starting from the Visitors Center (where you can get a map); Head back down to the parking lot and you'll find the start of the Tour Road after you exit. This is a one-way paved road, with a wide bike lane. The road travels throughout the battlefield and includes 10 Tour Stops along the way. Scattered among the stops are several Porto-potty's and a few picnic tables are located at Stops 9 & 10. At most stops are paved trails you can follow and lots of historical markers. Stop 9 has a great view of the Hudson River down below. There are some steep hills which would be tough for kids on bikes. After Stop 10, use caution as you descend a steep hill with sharp turns. This brings you to the Park Entrance road, where you turn right. For some unexplainable reason, there is no bike lane along this road that takes you back to the Visitor Center. It's about 1.5 miles along an active road. The Tour Road from start to finish is about 10.5 miles, however, when you factor in all the stops and side trails we ended up with 12.7 miles.
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