Mount Independence Trail

Orwell, Vermont

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Mount Independence is a state historic site. It is unusual from a hiker’s perspective because its trails wander through the ruins of a strategic American stronghold that dates back to the Revolutionary War, and be- cause it is one of the few real hikes along the shores of Lake Champlain, though not exactly a wilderness experience. Mount Independence was named by the soldiers who were stationed there when they received word of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, though it is really a rocky bluff at the end of a peninsula, not a mountain. It is located on the narrow southern part of Lake Champlain across from Fort Ticonderoga in New York. To hike through this active archeological site is to step back in time, as you try to imagine what life must have been like here as a soldier.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)

Mount Independence is a state historic site. It is unusual from a hiker’s perspective because its trails wander through the ruins of a strategic American stronghold that dates back to the Revolutionary War, and be- cause it is one of the few real hikes along the shores of Lake Champlain, though not exactly a wilderness experience.

Mount Independence was named by the soldiers who were stationed there when they received word of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, though it is really a rocky bluff at the end of a peninsula, not a mountain. It is located on the narrow southern part of Lake Champlain across from Fort Ticonderoga in New York. To hike through this active archeological site is to step back in time, as you try to imagine what life must have been like here as a soldier.

© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Orwell
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: State of Vermont, Division for Historic Preservation
Local Maps: USGS Ticonderoga
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Independence Trail

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