Outdoor Recreational Activities


Mount Defiance
Visit Mount Defiance to witness a birds-eye view of Fort Ticonderoga’s epic military landscape and discover how this summit shaped America’s history! “Mount Defiance: Witness to History” Tour is offered each day at 4pm.  The picnic pavilion located at the mountain-top is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy one of America’s most historic landscapes. Whether you hike up the mountain in the historic footsteps of General Burgoyne’s troops or make the easy drive to the top in your car, you’ll savor the spectacular beauty of this remarkable and historic view. A visit to this breathtaking summit is a great way to begin or end your day at Fort Ticonderoga!

Tickets for this experience can be purchased at Fort Ticonderoga.  Ask about special package rates. Mount Defiance is open to the public daily, May 24 - October 19, 2014, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (Last admittance at 4:30 pm).  It is accessible by car and within a short walk to the summit. Large RVs and buses are not permitted.

Explore Fort Ticonderoga through a Walking Trail 
Stretch your legs on Fort Ticonderoga’s self-guided walking trail.  On this 1.7 mile trail, explore the site’s historical battlefield features as well as its natural beauty and wonders as you pass over military encampment sites, near 18th-century earthworks, glacially scarred rock formations, and wilderness landscapes.  Be sure to pick up a brochure at the trail head as your guide to the interesting sights encountered along the way. Trail open May 10 – October 19, 2014.

Explore Fort Ticonderoga by Water
Rent a canoe for a day or half-day and gain a water-level perspective on Fort Ticonderoga and the surrounding landscape while also enjoying the natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Explore the shoreline and the mouth of the La Chute River nearby. A brochure highlights both historical and natural features as you paddle on this beautiful body of water. Rentals available May 24 – October 13, 2014. Full day (More than three hours) $50; Half day $35. Last rental offered at 2:30 pm.

Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Fort Ticonderoga. Find a secluded shady table near the King’s Garden or enjoy your own picnic or a meal from the Log House Restaurant at our ample picnic area near the Fort.