PARK HISTORYOur Plattsburgh tour planner makes visiting Point Au Roches State Park and other Plattsburgh attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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.
Point Au Roches State Park reviews
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.
Plan your trip to Plattsburgh
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Hidden gems in Plattsburgh
Side trips from Plattsburgh
Popular things to do in Plattsburgh
Nearby attractions in Plattsburgh
Kid-friendly things to do in Plattsburgh
Museums in Plattsburgh
Trips to Point Au Roches State Park by other users
16 days in Chelsea & Adirondacks BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Chelsea · Plattsburgh · Lake Placid 60 days in Burlington BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Vermont National Guard Library & Museum, Inc. · Burlington City Arts Center · Burlington Bike Path 15 days in Adirondacks BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Lake Placid · Plattsburgh · Old Forge 7 days in Lake Champlain BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Burlington · Plattsburgh 7 days in Burlington BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Ethan Allen Homestead · Vintage Photography Emporium · 3rd Alarm Charters & Guide Service 25 days in East Coast of USA & Arlington BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Suffolk · Virginia Beach · Norfolk