Mount Independence Trail

Orwell, Vermont 5760

Mount Independence Trail

Mount Independence Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Best spring through fall
State of Vermont, Division for Historic Preservation
Local Contacts
USGS Ticonderoga
Local Maps

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Jul 2018