Point Au Roches State Park, Plattsburgh

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park

Home to Native Americans for centuries, the 850-acre parkland was first visited by Europeans in the early 1600s. The first permanent residence in the area was built by Benjamin Mooers, in 1783.

Prior to its purchase by New York State in 1974 the area served a variety of purposes. From the 1800s into the twentieth century its use was primarily agricultural. Then, during World War I, “Junior Plattsburgh” was established at the site to provide an ROTC type experience for young men.

Later, the land use became recreational, with Camp Theodore Roosevelt, followed by Camps Red Wing & Red Cloud, enabling young people to learn about nature and develop lifelong skills. The camps originally encompassed Long Point and Middle Point, while the beaches became Beekmantown’s St Armand’s Beach.

In an earlier period a Club/Resort also stood near the Park’s shoreline, and, in the late ’50s a commercial theme park, Fantasy Kingdom, opened on present-day Park grounds, entertaining many families.

Visitors walking through the Park can still see several of the earlier buildings and old foundations.
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  • Nice, well marked hiking trails by Lake Champlain. Plenty of trail options. Easy to moderate trails, with boating and beach available in season.  more »
  • This was a quiet and clean state park with much to do. During our visit to Point Au Roche Lodge and Lake Champlain we hiked, biked, and swam at the park. The main beach is sandy and the location.....  more »
  • So beautiful and peaceful. Plenty of room and things for everyone to do from hiking to swimming. Lots of space between picnic areas. Always clean as the area is bring in take out.
  • This is a great place for a walk, especially with dogs. Busier in the summer but also beautiful in Fall and winter. Many miles of trails. I have about 3 different walks I do with the dogs, each 40-45 minutes. All have lake view and some shoreline.

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