fort-ticonderoga.JPG2013 Season Experience Includes New Battlefield Hiking Trail and Canoe Rentals Ticonderoga, N.Y. - For the first time ever, visitors to Fort Ticonderoga will be able to explore one of America's most significant historic sites on water and land.  The new recreational activities will highlight Fort Ticonderoga's rich historic landscape.  A new interpretive hiking trail winding around Carillon Battlefield offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to explore the site's epic history and natural beauty and a new canoe rental program provides a unique perspective of the Fort's history from the stunning waters of Lake Champlain. Admission to the Carillon Battlefield hiking trail is included in a Fort Ticonderoga's general admission ticket.  Details on canoe rentals can be found at http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/recreation%20or%20call%20518-585-2821. "Our story is in our landscape," said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. "The unique combination of lakes, hills, mountains, and streams that surround Fort Ticonderoga made it a strategic location in the 18th century and make it one of North America's most beautiful destinations today.  Its history cannot be appreciated without an understanding of its landscape." "This season Fort Ticonderoga begins a new chapter in connecting its epic history with its remarkable landscape by opening access to locations on its grounds that have been inaccessible to visitors." The new interpretive hiking trail winding around the long, rocky ridge jutting through the center of the Fort Ticonderoga peninsula and down to the LaChute riverside plains below leads guests to several very different parts of the site, including the Carillon Battlefield. A trail pamphlet identifies several points of historic and natural interest along the 2 mile route. Viewing the Fort from Lake Champlain is possible through the new canoe rental program where the site's unspoiled views and Fort's strategic importance becomes even more apparent when viewed from the lake's surface.  A self-guided brochure provides highlights of the historic and scenic waterway. Recognized as the top destination in the Adirondacks by USA News Travel, Fort Ticonderoga connects all guests to a place and time that defined a continent, a nation, and its continued legacy. Fort Ticonderoga offers more than one hundred exciting and unique events and programs this season! Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/ for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Funding for the 2013 season is provided in part by Amtrak.  Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/directions for a special 2 for 1 Amtrak offer! FORT TICONDEROGA America's Fort TM Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 guests annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga's history.  Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 17 through October 20, 2013. The 2013 season features the Fort's newest exhibit "It would make a heart of stone melt" Sickness, Injury, and Medicine at Fort Ticonderoga which explores early medical theory, practice, and experience as each relates to the armies that served at Fort Ticonderoga in the 18th century.  Visit https://mail.fort-ticonderoga.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.fortticonderoga.org/ for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York. America's Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association. Photo: Fort Ticonderoga.  Credit Carl Heilman. ### Contact: Beth Hill 518-585- 2821 bhill@fort-ticonderoga.org