Historical Trail Program
Love of America and dedication to our country depend upon an understanding of appreciation for the ideals, principles and traditions that have made this country strong. The Historic Trails Program of the Boy Scouts of America encourages Scout units to foster this understanding and appreciation. It does so in the context of Scouting, a program which itself helps to instill these ideals, principles, and traditions through personal fitness, self-reliance, teamwork, leadership skills, knowledge of local history and tradition, and a practical understanding of conservation.
National Recreation Trails are located throughout the country. They provide for many activities such as hiking, skiing, and horseback riding.
For a full listing of all BSA approved historical trails in the country, click here.
The Twin Rivers Council has two trails in our service area, the Saratoga National Park Trail and the Battle of Plattsburgh Trail.
Saratoga National Historical Park Trail
The Saratoga National Historical Park and the Twin Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America invite you to hike and explore the historic Saratoga Battlefield, site of the turning point of the American Revolution. Opened in 1987, the Wilkinson Trail and the accompanying Scout Annex Trail are part of the National Recreation Trails system of the National Park Service and the Historic Trails program of the Boy Scouts of America.
The historic trail you are planning to hike will traverse over some of the most significant areas in the Battlefield. Park visitors are able to follow the footsteps of the British using much of the same road system that the British Army used in 1777.
Trail Guides are available at the Visitor Center. You can also download the mobile app and/or audio files on the park's website.
The Battle of Plattsburgh
This outdoor trail in upstate New York on the scenic shore of Lake Champlain with rolling hills, and bordering the Adirondack Park, marks the turning point in the War of 1812, and the last engagement between natives of English speaking nations. The trail is over City of Plattsburgh Streets. All along the trail route are 33 Historic Trail Markers. By retracing the historic footsteps of the Battle of
Plattsburgh, it is hoped that you will have a physical and a spiritual kinship with the War of 1812 soldier.
To obtain trail guides, or to order medals and patches, email Scouttrail@gmail.com.