Explore the Turning Point Trail: The 1777 Champaign of Major General John Burgoyne

Follow in the footsteps of charismatic British General John Burgoyne, whose fateful decisions led to the turning point of the American Revolution. It’s a story of battles, ambushes, smoldering ambitions, disastrous miscommunication, fierce allegiance, true love, venomous snakes, and narrow escapes—all with courteous gentlemanly conduct.

The Turning Point Trail guides you through a storied landscape, illustrating the events that led up to the Battles of Saratoga, which many historians have called the “turning point of the American Revolution.” Britain’s goal was to control the interconnected waterway from Montreal to New York City, thereby isolating New England, the seedbed of the Revolution, from the rest of the continent. By following in the footsteps of Burgoyne, appropriately named “Gentleman Johnny” by his troops, you will discover the stunning landscape between Canada and Albany. Best Times to Go
Summer and Early Fall. You can explore the trail anytime, but several destinations are only open between Memorial Day (Last Monday of May) and Labor Day (First Monday of September).

What You Should Know Before You Go
You’ll be using 21st-century navigational tools to travel into the 18th century. The audio journey and supporting web material have been researched and written by Lakes to Locks Passage staff and reviewed by local experts and historians. The audio driving tour is intended for a general audience, but for those who want to dig deeper into the rich history, just look for the “Learn More” links to find first-person narratives and in-depth articles. Travel Tools

It is suggested that at least two days be set aside for this trip. This will allow you time to stop and explore each site. We recommend traveling from Clinton Community College to Fort Ticonderoga on the first day, spending the night in Ticonderoga, and continuing to Saratoga the following day.

Starting Point: Clinton Community College (136 Clinton Point Drive, Plattsburgh, NY 12901)
Ending Point: Saratoga Surrender Site (133 Schuyler Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871)
Total Stops: 32
Total driving distance: 160 miles
Total Audio Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

You can also follow along the Turning Point Trail with the help of the book below–The Waterways of War: Turning Point of the American Revolution–a traveler’s guidebook. What About this Experience is Distinctive or Authentic to the Character of the Region?
This is no boring history lesson. It is a story about the land and the people who traveled through the New York wilderness in the summer and fall of 1777. At local landmarks, museums, and historic sites, you’ll discover that the landscape around you is full of gripping stories. By listening to the dramatic audio and reading the complementary web content, today’s peaceful bays and abandoned forts will come alive with the sights and sounds of 1777.

The events that transpired triggered a chain of events that changed the course of world history. The New York Times called it the most important battle in 1,000 years. The outcome of Burgoyne’s campaign was the turning point of the Revolutionary War, which gave rise to the United States and resulted in the world powers and global struggles we know today.

Latitude: 43.8439369 Longitude: -73.3881569 Elevation: 159 ft
Summer and Early Fall. You can explore the trail anytime, but several destinations are only open between Memorial Day (Last Monday of May) and Labor Day (First Monday of September).
Contact Information

Andrew Alberti - Lakes to Locks Passage
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