On the southern tip of Lake Champlain in upstate New York stands breathtaking French and British ruins dating back to before our country was founded... and history buffs and adventure seekers are invited to spend the night.

The northeastern United States is steeped in revolutionary war history, and New York state is especially rich with relics. While visiting places like George Washington's headquarters in Newburgh, NY can be fascinating any time of year, one place in particular is perfect to visit in the spring...

Crown Point State Historic Site (Google)

Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, NY

In 1759, the British government took control of Fort St. Frederic from the French, and broke ground on what they named "His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point." Located on Lake Champlain, the new fort saw its share of action in the Revolutionary War, but its history reaches much further back than that. From New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation:

Long before the American Revolution... the French built Fort St. Frederic here between 1734 and 1737... As a result, the British mounted various expeditions to take control of Crown Point, and in 1759 they were finally successful.


Explore the Forts at Crown Point in New York

The forts have weathered both time and combat, and much of both structures still stand today. Now part of the New York State Park system, both day and overnight use is  offered at one of the more historically significant locations in northern New York. Now that the weather has finally begun to bring sunnier, warmer days, a daytime exploration (along with a nighttime campout) could be the perfect way to experience this historic park.


Camp at Crown Point in New York

The campsite at Crown Point welcomes both tent camping and RV use, and staying overnight means guests will very likely sleep on the same ground where battles were fought centuries ago. While the season doesn't begin until May 17th, eager campers can already begin to book their reservations here

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Camping costs $18 per-night for New York residents and $23 per-night for out-of-state visitors. Like all public New York campsites, firewood restrictions are in place. and check out more fascinating New York state ruins below.

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WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

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