I'm definitely no history buff, but I do love a great historic park. Since moving to Saratoga Springs in May, I had plans for a family drive out to Saratoga Battlefield for some light hiking and exploring.
As it can get pretty hot in the Hudson River Valley, we waited until the last week of August to visit the park. The weather was beautiful, especially in the shade!
Our first stop was the Visitor Center for a pass to enter the park (via the one-way loop road). The center also houses a museum and has beautiful views of the valley as well as trail access. After a brief walk through the museum, we took a short stroll on the closest trail outside. It is apple season in the Hudson River Valley and there were trees laden with fruit around every corner! I'm not sure if it is frowned upon, but we stopped to pick a bagful of apples as they were fully ripe and literally weighing down tree branches. I absolutely love small heritage apples and these did not disappoint! They were perfectly crisp and slightly tart.
After our walk through the valley, we then drove the loop road, which is over 9 miles and contains 10 tour stops. Although the tour is primarily for automobiles (including audio tours), bicycles are also very popular. I would love to come back on a cool fall day with a bicycle!
For history lovers, road trippers and nature lovers alike, Saratoga Battlefield is well worth a spot on your Saratoga itinerary. I recommend packing a picnic and really taking your time driving the loop road. The views of open fields, forests and the Hudson River are lovely. You may even spy deer, chipmunks or wild turkeys. I imagine we will pop back in each season to view the changing flora and fauna... hopefully establishing a new family tradition during our time upstate!