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Mt. Zion offers sweeping view of battlefield

HUBBARDTON The view from the cliffs of Mt. Zion in Hubbardton are fabulous. The Taconic ridge overlooks the historic 1777 Hubbardton Battlefield. A rare treat because the mountain is privately owned, interested hikers will now be offered a chance to climb to Zions rarely glimpsed rimrock overlook. The hike will take place Sunday, Oct. 5, 2-5 p.m. Historic site interpreter Carl Fuller will discuss important points of the July 7, 1777, Revolutionary War Battle of Hubbardton, the role Mt. Zion played in the battle, and what you can see from the summit. The hike is an easy to moderate climb and will follow a trail developed by Mt. Zion owner Kit Davidson. The summit offers spectacular views of the Taconics, lower Green Mountain range, and Adirondacks, and is the only vantage point from which the entire battlefield can be seen. After the hike, owner Davidson will show hikers his unusual private Japanese garden set amid the cliffs below the summit. Attendees should meet at the battlefield visitor center at 2 p.m. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes visiting the museum and battlefield.

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