Fort Ann

Trail Description: Fort Ann is described as “A Beautiful Place at the Crossroads of a Beautiful Region”. The Town is part of a historic corridor between the Hudson River and Lake Champlain where European armies constructed fortifications for the French and Indian Wars, and American rebels fought British forces in the Battle of Fort Ann at Battle Hill. This action delayed their advance to Saratoga long enough for Colonial forces to mount a successful defense at Saratoga which in turn led to a turning point in the Revolutionary War. The southern part of the CCT trail through Fort Ann begins at Baldwin Corners Road on the Fort Ann Towpath Trail and it continues along this dedicated pathway to its terminus and trailhead on Ann Street. The next trail segment continues over the Clay Hill Bridge and along the shoulder of Clay Hill Road to the intersection with Dewey’s Bridge Road. It continues north on South Quarry Lane, then onto North Quarry Lane until reaching Rt 22 when it turns west along the Rt 22 shoulder, crosses the canal again and turns north onto Old Route 4 to Lock C-11 Canal Park.

Empire State Trail: The ESTutilizes the same route as the CCT until reaching the intersection of Routes 22 and 4 on the west side of the Champlain Canal. From this point north, the EST is planned as an on-road shoulder route along Route 4 into the Village of Whitehall. NYSDOT will be responsible for signage, striping and wayfinding enhancements.

Champlain Canal Access Points: Fort Ann Waterfront Park (gazebo, picnic shelter, public docks and kayak launch); Comstock Informal Boat Ramp; and Lock C11 Canal Park (future camping facility planned).

Public Facilities:Old Stone House Library/LTLP Heritage Center; Battle Hill Revolutionary Historic Site; Halfway Creek and Kane’s Falls; Lakes to Locks (LTLP) Passage Pocket Park; and Old Champlain Canal Historic Locks.

Public Events: Fort Ann supports and participates in all regional events and activities throughout Washington County including the Washington County Fiber Tour, Maple Weekend, and the Cheese Tour.

Connector Trails:

Slate Valley Trail: Proposed 22-mile multi-use recreational trail extension from Granville with connections to Vermont (route presently unknown).

Kingsbury Barnstormers Snowmobile Trail: The snowmobile route has loops throughout West Fort Ann and connections west to the Lake George area.

Granite Hill Campground Spur: This trail route is being considered as a future spur that may become part of the CCT at some point in the future.

Battle Hill Trails: This is a planned closed hiking loop trail system with an interpretive plaza at the trailhead/parking area.

Planning Support:

  • Fort Ann Joint Community Plan (2008)
  • Fort Ann Streetscape and Waterfront Revitalization Plan (2008)
  • Village of Fort Ann Downtown Revitalization Plan (2009)
  • Washington County Tourism Study (2017)
  • Fort Ann to Whitehall Trail Feasibility Study (2018)

Implementation Strategy: Funding is in place for the entire route through Fort Ann with construction slated for 2019-2020. Work includes improving the Fort Ann Towpath Trail with a stone dust surface. Contractors will work with the local snowmobile club to avoid winter conflicts.