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.