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Saratoga National Park, NY
Saratoga National Park is located on the upper Hudson River southeast of Saratoga Springs, New York. Although at just over 3000 acres, Saratoga is a small National Park, it boasts many beautiful trails and a wealth of Historic Sites.
In 1927 Saratoga was merely a New York State historic preserve. However, in 1938, it was changed into a National Park. The park preserves the location of a major battle of the Revolutionary War. The Battle of Saratoga in 1777, became the first military victory for the American Rebels, and as such gained them much needed allies in the French, and later the Spanish and Dutch as well. The surrender of the British Troops at Saratoga was so monumental it is considered the turning point of the Revolutionary War.
Construction of the Saratoga Monument, which is located in the Park, began in the centennial year of the Battle, 1877. The builders wanted to commemorate the victory at Saratoga and also-more importantly-to remember and teach future generations of what took place to win their Independence. The Monument contains many huge bronze plaques which depict parts of the War and the historic figures who took part in shaping the events of the era. From the top of the monument - just a “short” hike of 190 steps - lies an expansive view of the surrounding countryside; including portions of the Adirondack Mountains to the North, and even part of Vermont to the East.
Want to learn more about this National Park? Visit www.nps.gov/sara