Mount Independence

Orwell, Vermont 5760

Mount Independence

Mount Independence Professional Review and Guide

"The site of a strategic American Revolutionary War fort, Mount Independence was named after news arrived from Philadelphia regarding the signing of Thomas Jefferson’s now-famous Declaration. Located on the opposite shore of Lake Champlain from the more recognized Fort Ticonderoga, this lesser-known encampment played a critical part in the ultimate demise of British General Burgoyne’s failed attempt to divide the American colonies in half. Today, visitors can experience this historic site on more than 3 miles of mostly level trails, learn about the early struggles of the American Revolution while touring an informative museum, and enjoy many natural wonders surrounding Lake Champlain."

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"Interpretive panels help you imagine the fort that once stood on this hill as you wander through regrown forest and fields to views across Lake Champlain."

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
USGS: Ticonderoga, NY
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Oct 2018