Loop Trail? Yes
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No Allowed Uses:
Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snow Play, General
Snow - Snowshoeing
Location: On the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site with access from the West Main Street terminus, or from West Washington and Ontario Streets.
State(s): New York
In Sackets Harbor take West Main, West Washington Street, or Edmund Street to the historic site.
In 2001, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation authorized construction of the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site’s History Trail. Historical research and archeology investigation played a major role in establishing the trail. The historic grounds are recognized by the National Park Service as one of the top War of 1812 sites in the nation. This designation is based on the importance of the military engagement that took place in 1813 as well as today’s potential threat to a built environment. As such, the site’s history trail provides visitors not only recreation use on site but a learning venue as well, to help educate toward deflecting potential adverse alteration of the significant grounds.
Ten interpretive panels on the less-than-a-mile loop trail aid in telling the site’s story and pivotal role in the War of 1812, in addition to subsequent historical aspects of the site. The trail unifies the core of this 70-acre property. The level, wheelchair accessible history trail offers views of the 1860s Navy Yard structures, the 1913 War of 1812 Centennial 100-maple tree grove, the 1930s CCC decorative stone wall on the cliff, expansive mowed lawns, thickets housing abundant birdlife, and unsurpassed sweeping views of Black River Bay on the eastern end of Lake Ontario. In season, amenities near the trail include public restrooms, picnic pavilion, and the site’s interpretive programs indoors and outdoors, such as tours of Navy Yard structures, War of 1812 archeology exhibit, living history demonstrations, and informative videos.
On the trail visitors jog, bicycle, push strollers or follow the trail by wheelchair. Just off the trail guests practice yoga, rest on benches, watch living history demonstrations, stop for a picnic, fly a kite, or bird watch. The non-motorized trail is open year-round, free of charge. Site staff maintains the stone dust surface and reproduction mid-19th c. wooden boardwalks. Now the site’s history trail connects to the Village of Sackets Harbor’s new War of 1812 Bicentennial recreation trail. That trail consist of stone dust paths, abandoned rail line, village roadways, and sidewalks, constituting a 6-mile loop in the historic village including the former Army post-Madison Barracks, passing by the Military Cemetery and Village’s Lakeside Cemetery, and traversing broad open farm fields where the 1813 Battle of Sackets Harbor unfolded.
During the War of 1812 Bicentennial two granite monuments were dedicated on state property in those fields along that trail, a Crown Forces monument and an American monument. In 2010, the historic site hosted the North American War of 1812 Grant Tactical Living History weekend with over 400 re-enactors on the grounds encompassing the site’s history trail. This year, the site’s battlegrounds were featured in a WCNY-PBS-TV documentary “Losing Ground: The Race to Preserve War of 1812 Battlefields in New York State, funded by the National Park Service Battlefield Protection Program.
Width: 50 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 2015
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: Parks New York Trail Information
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preserv
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
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