BY LOHR McKINSTRY Press-Republican
---- — TICONDEROGA — New hiking and canoe trails at Fort Ticonderoga will let visitors explore the historic landmark’s battlefield, grounds and waterways.
The 2-mile-long interpretive walking trail winds around the long, rocky ridge through the center of the Fort Ticonderoga peninsula and down to the LaChute River plains below, leading visitors to several parts of the site, including the Carillon Battlefield.
A trail pamphlet identifies points of historic and natural interest along the way.
The fort has also established a canoe route around the fort on Lake Champlain and has canoes for rent. A self-guided brochure provides highlights of the historic and scenic waterway.
Fort Ticonderoga Chief Executive Officer Beth Hill said that for the first time ever, visitors to Fort Ticonderoga will be able to explore one of America’s most significant historic sites on water and land.
“The new recreational activities will highlight Fort Ticonderoga’s rich historic landscape,” she said in a news release.
“A new interpretive hiking trail offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to explore the site’s epic history and natural beauty, and a new canoe-rental program provides a unique perspective of the fort’s history from the stunning waters of Lake Champlain.”
Details on canoe rentals can be found at www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/recreation.
“Our story is in our landscape,” said Hill. “The unique combination of lakes, hills, mountains and streams that surround Fort Ticonderoga made it a strategic location in the 18th century and make it one of North America’s most beautiful destinations today.
“Its history cannot be appreciated without an understanding of its landscape.”
She said fort administrators believe the new trails will open up access to the site in ways that were never possible before.
“This season, Fort Ticonderoga begins a new chapter in connecting its epic history with its remarkable landscape by opening access to locations on its grounds that have been inaccessible to visitors.
“The site’s unspoiled views and fort’s strategic importance becomes even more apparent when viewed from the lake’s surface.”
Admission to the Carillon Battlefield Trail is included in Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission ticket.
General admission to Fort Ticonderoga is $17.50 for adults, $14 for those age 62 and older, and $8 for children 5 through 12. Ages 4 and younger are admitted free of charge.
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