Mount Defiance rises over 850 feet above Lake Champlain with a commanding view of Fort Ticonderoga. From this vantage point the importance of the Fort's location becomes evidently clear; it protects the outlet of the La Chute River connecting Lake George with Lake Champlain. Whoever controlled this strategic waterway controlled access into the colonies from Canada.
Mount Defiance is free and open to the public daily, May 17 - October 20, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. It is accessible by car and within a short walk to the summit. Large RVs and buses are not permitted. Enjoy panoramic views of the Fort, Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont along with a sheltered picnic area with interpretive panels on this 853-foot mountain top.
A visit to this breathtaking summit is a great way to begin or end your day at Fort Ticonderoga!
Stretch your legs on Fort Ticonderoga’s self-guided tour walking trail. On the new 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 17 – October 20.
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 25 – October 14.
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.