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National Battlefield

Saratoga Monument
& Victory Woods

 

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The Saratoga Monument commemorates the crucial battle that was fought and won by the Americans here in the autumn of 1777 during the Revolutionary War.  The Victory Woods Trail marks the final encampment site for the British Army prior to their surrender.  Both of these sites are part of Saratoga National Battlefield.  They are located about 8.5 miles north of the main park.

Saratoga Monument features both Gothic and Egyptian style elements.  The monument stands 154.5 feet tall and has 188 steps within the monument that connect five levels with a viewing platform at the top.  The cornerstone was laid on October 17, 1877.  Within the cornerstone contains a US flag, a 1777 silver coin bearing the image of King George III, an 1877 US silver half dollar, a memorial to the opening of the NY & Canada Railway, Bennington Battlefield Monument documents and 21 newspapers.  The initial landscaping was completed in October 1897 with an official dedication on October 17, 1912.  The views are spectacular from within the monument.

The Victory Woods Trail opened in June 2010 on a 22 acre parcel of land, located in the Village of Victory, NY (about 8 1/2 miles north of the Battlefield). The trail marks the final encampment site for the British Army under General John Burgoyne prior to their October 17, 1777 surrender to American forces under General Horatio Gates.

Two options are available for visiting Victory Woods. You can park at Saratoga Monument and follow the foot path through the cemetery to the Victory Woods trail head for a 1.6 mile round trip hike, or drive to the end of Monument Drive (just downhill / east of Saratoga Monument) and park in the cul-de-sac there.  There is an accessible boardwalk and pathway that runs about 1/2 mile through Victory Woods, along with interpretive signs that help tell the story of the last stand for Burgoyne's surrounded army.  There is a picnic table on the boardwalk at the end of an arm of the trail.  You'll also find a few benches along the way.

Victory Woods is open daily from sunrise to sunset.  The Saratoga Monument is open for visitation Fridays through Sundays, plus major holidays, during the summer season.  You can find more information on this great park from the National Park Service website.  Look below for a few pictures, a video and a map of the park.  

Directions:  The GPS coordinates for the parking area at Saratoga Monument is N43 05.929 W73 35.613 for those who have a GPS devise.  The parking area is on CR 338 aka Burgoyne Road just west of the village of Schuylerville off US 4.  Get more information on directions from the main NPS website.

Saratoga Monument

Bench & Boardwalk along the Victory Woods Trail

 

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