Saratoga National Historic Park
|Description: Rolling hills with fields and hedgerows paint a pastoral scene belying the desperate
battles that took place here during the Revolutionary War. Primarily
visited for its historical significance, this 3,000+ acre park in Stillwater,
Saratoga County, hosts many species of birds and mammals. Designated an
Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, the park provides
breeding habitat for grassland birds. In addition to the battlefield, visit Victory
Woods, where exhausted British troops retreated shortly before surrendering.
Victory Woods is a separate parcel about 8 miles north of the battlefield.|
Wildlife to Watch: White-tailed deer graze in the fields or emerge from wooded margins to feed
at dawn and dusk. During quiet moments, you may catch sight of red foxes
hunting for unsuspecting cottontail rabbits or field mice. Woodchucks and
wild turkeys are also frequently found foraging in the tall grass or along the
roadside. The nearby Hudson River offers possible sightings of beavers and
muskrats, as well as Canada geese, mallards, mergansers, wood ducks and
great blue herons.
In the sky, look for red-tailed hawks, kestrels, harriers and turkey vultures
circling on warm thermal updrafts as they search for a meal. Even from a long
distance, you can easily distinguish between the vulture and hawk by the way the vulture’s wings are angled upward into a shallow “V” and its glide has a
slight rocking motion to it, unlike the smooth, level glide path of the hawk.
Several other species of raptors may also be seen. Owls can be heard hooting in
Grassland birds include American goldfinches, bobolinks and eastern bluebirds.
Savannah and grasshopper sparrows are also occasionally seen, as are
Special Tips: The park is open to pedestrians year-round during daylight hours.
The tour road is open from April 1 through November 30 from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. (later during the spring and summer). The visitors
center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it is closed on
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The walking path
through Victory Woods is not maintained during the winter. There
is an entrance fee for the park.
This site has some accessible features, including a visitors center.
518-664-9821, 648 Route 32, Stillwater, NY 12170,
Other Activities: The visitors center has informative historical displays you should see before
taking to the paved 9-mile tour road. This road takes you through much of
the battlefield. Wildlife viewing is easy, as the animals here have become used
to seeing people driving and bicycling around the protected park grounds.
Trails are also available for horseback riding, walking, cross-country skiing
Ownership: National Park Service
Size: 3,000 acres
Closest Town: Stillwater
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: