Saratoga National Historical Park is one of many important battlefield sites from the American Revolutionary War, but historically it may also be one of the most important. It was at Saratoga where American forces fought and defeated British troops who had landed on American shores. The success of the American forces against England swayed international opinion and led to other countries siding with the Americans; it also was a factor in Britain's having to face fighting other wars on multiple fronts and is considered by many historians to be a turning point in the Revolutionary War.
The park is a combination of several important landmarks in addition to the Saratoga battlefield; Victory Woods was the site of the British Army's last stand before surrendering and the Saratoga monument is a symbol of the American victory over British forces. Another important area of the park is the Philip Schuyler house; Schuyler was a general in the American Revolution and a businessman before and after the war; he was also a surveyor by trade and played an important role in the creation of the American canal system.
There are several important buildings you'll want to visit as you spend time here. One of them is the Neilson House, owned by farmer John Neilson. It was at this small farmhouse where general Benedict Arnold stayed overnight while passing through the area with his troops. The Schuyler house was burnt by the British but rebuilt later; it is open to the public from roughly late May through to early October on limited days and hours, but guests can drop by unannounced when it is open.
Victory Woods can be accessed by trail from the Saratoga monument by passing through the park's cemetery to the trailhead on the other side. The pathway through Victory Woods is an accessible boardwalk with interpretive signs that explain what happened as the battle continued. Your tour of the park should begin at the visitor center, which has informative displays, brochures, and a short film; the tours are largely self-guided although you can arrange in advance for a guided tour. There is also an auto-tour of the park that you can take; camp in an RV near Saratoga National Historical Park and you can enjoy this auto tour in the comfort of your rig.
You have the option of exploring the park by hiking or bicycling in addition to the auto-tour, just remember to bring water and your own bicycle. There are social-educational activities that are arranged by park staff during the summer and fall, and everyone is welcome to participate in them; more information about the activities can be gained from the visitor center. If you have a furry family member with you for the Stillwater motorhome rental ride, the park is pet-friendly to dogs on a leash.
Camping near Saratoga National Historical Park
There aren't any camping facilities within the historical park but there are several options nearby, including Saratoga RV Park, near the town of Saratoga Springs. All of the campsites have full hookups with 30/50 amp electricity, and the campground's facilities include basketball and volleyball courts, a horseshoe pitch, a bathhouse, and a laundromat. Guests can make use of the hiking and biking trails, and a heated pool. Camping with an RV at Saratoga RV Park makes it easy to access Saratoga National Historical Park and other attractions nearby.
Alpine Lake RV Resort is located not far from the Adirondack Mountains and close to Lake George, a private lake where you can enjoy the scenic beauty that adds to the forest area surrounding the park. Staying at Alpine Lake RV Resort opens you up to fishing, hiking, and biking the campground's trails or just relaxing and absorbing the tranquility. Park your Saratoga Springs camper rental at Alpine Lake RV Resort and you can take your catch of the day straight from the lake to your RV fridge without any difficulty.
Exploring the Area
Schenectady is a larger city in New York with museums and an aquarium, a theater that plays mainstream and arthouse movies, and a casino resort. There are several venues that host concerts and live theater, and several important landmarks such as the Stockade Historic District. There are breweries and distilleries on hand where you can sample the local products; one of them has a tasting room and occasionally has live music. Schenectady's restaurant scene has an ample variety of cuisines to choose from, including Italian, Mexican, and Asian, plus cafes, bakeries, and more.
When you're renting an RV in the area, Troy is also a relatively large city worth checking out. Your visit here should include a walking tour of some of the city's more distinct areas. Troy's downtown core has a wealth of Victorian architecture and some of its churches sport an amazing collection of stained glass windows. Troy is home to an amazing music hall that was built in the 1870s and is still operational today (the hall's acoustics are superb). There are numerous museums, one of which focuses on photography and another being a contemporary artists' center which was originally a steelworkers' church before being re-tasked.