9:00 - 6.2 miles / 12 minutes - 9:12
A trip to the top of Mt. Defiance is well worth the effort. Spread out below is the entire Champlain Valley, and it is easy to see how the military strategies of the nation-making era played out. Spectacular views of Fort Ticonderoga, Mount Independence in Vermont, and the "carry" to Lake George surround the visitor.
11:12 - 1.3 miles / 2 minutes - 11:14
This restored 18th-century fort resides on 2000 acres and features museum exhibits and educational programs that focus on the military history of the Lake Champlain and Lake George regions. From the fort, visitors enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, and Green Mountains.
This historic fort still relives a history of pivotal battles and strategic wars that played a part in forming the American, Canadian, and European nations. If you happen to be passing through on Labor Day or at the end of June, you may catch a spectacular re-enactment of battles from the Revolutionary War or the French and Indian War.
12:44 - 0.1 miles / - 12:45
Crown Point State Historic Site
Explore the historical ruins of French and British forts. You'll find more information at the visitor center where exhibits interpret the French, British, and American chapters of Crown
14:45 - 3.9 miles / 7 minutes - 14:52
Old Fort House Museum
A relaxing place to visit, the Old Fort House features
substantial grounds, gardens and outbuildings. The campus has five buildings, including a tollhouse, law office, and schoolhouse. Now, the Old Fort House contains authentic furnishings depicting the lives of the occupants from the 1800s through the 1940s.
The main house was built by Patrick Smyth in 1772 using timbers taken from the ruins of the fortifications at Ft. Edward. The house served as a headquarters for both British and American Generals during the Revolution. General Washington dined here on two different occasions in 1783.
14:52 - 130.5 miles / 4 hours 20 minutes - 19:13
Saratoga National Historic Park
Saratoga Springs Battlefield was the site of one of the fifteen most decisive battles in world history. In 1777, American forces defeated a major British army, resulting in a much-needed alliance
between France and America. The park now comprises three separate units: The four-square-mile battlefield, the General Philip Schuyler House, and the Saratoga Monument.
0:13 - 43.8 miles / an hour 27 minutes - 14:41
Waterford's Canal Harbor Welcome Center
A new interpretive sign indicates the junction of New York's
three major heritage corridors - the Hudson River National Heritage
Corridor, the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor, and the Lakes to
Locks Passage. All three corridors merge at this location within
the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
From Waterford to Whitehall, the Champlain Canal provides
sixty-three miles of scenic boating - plus waterfront picnic parks
and trails-- at eleven lock locations and numerous canal towns. The
City of Waterford is the gateway to the south along the Hudson
River to New York City, the west along the Erie Canal and Mohawk
River, and the north along the Champlain Canal and upper Hudson
River. Heading north from Lock C1 to C7, the Champlain Canal is a
marked channel within the Hudson River, with man-made channels and
locks to bypass the rapids and dams.
15:26 - 14.5 miles / 29 minutes - 15:55
Lakes to Locks Passage - end