Welcome to Fort Montgomery State Historic Site. Built by Americans early in the Revolutionary War, Fort Montgomery was captured and destroyed by the British in 1777. Except for a small gun battery constructed in 1779, the fort was not rebuilt. In 1910, the site was acquired as part of Bear Mountain State Park. Since then, archaeological explorations have revealed the remains of the fort and yielded many artifacts that have added to our understanding of the fort's history. In 1973, Fort Montgomery was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Rather than rebuild the fort, New York State Parks has chosen to preserve and interpret it as a ruin. The site includes an interpretive trail that guides visitors past the fort's ruins to breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Along the trail, you will find building foundations, the remains of earthworks, and the natural topography that was once part of the fort. Interpretive signs explain what you see and help you imagine what the fort might have looked like.