Knight Point State Park

Knight Point State Park

Quick Facts

Knight Point State Park

Vermont

(802) 372-8389

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Things To Do

Overview

Knight Point on North Hero Island opened as a state park in 1978. Area history goes much further back. The Hero Islands were named to commemorate early Vermonters who served in the Revolutionary War. John Knight, the Point's first resident, began ferry service between the islands in 1785. Knight Point State Park is home to the Island Center for Arts and Recreation, a community-based non-profit group that works to promote and encourage the splendid natural setting that is Knight Point as a venue for cultural and recreational programming.

Map of Knight Point (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.770847, -73.297885

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boat rentals are available. The land you can see south of Knight Point is Grand Isle. The channel between the islands is known as "The Gut" and is one of only three navigable routes between the main body of Lake Champlain, and the lake's "inland sea", east of the drawbridge. It's the only one suitable for sailboats and large cruisers. There is usually plenty of boat traffic to watch, right from the beach.

  • Bird Watching

    Many beautiful species of bird have been spotted in and around Knight Point State Park. Some include: yellow-rumped warbler, Canada goose, cackler, long-tailed duck, bald eagle, golden eagle, red-tail, northern harrier, goshawk, cooper's, sharpie, red shoulder, osprey, kestrel, junco, chickadee, cardinal, white-throated sparrow, blue jay, morning dove, white-breasted nuthatch, goldfinch, tufted titmice.

  • Bicycling

    The Champlain Bikeways trails offer a variety of short and long journeys. The relatively flat terrain allows for easy trips for all ages. Stop by the new Isle La Motte rest stop, uniquely designed representing the legacy of ancient stone. There are 6 benches surrounded by a sculpture resembling the fossils found in the coral reef at Fisk Quarry.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Knight Point is located on the Lake Champlain Byway, a scenic road winding along the lake with views of the Adirondack Mountains in New York. Travelers to the byway can also visit an original log cabin built in 1783 considered the oldest remaining in the United States.

  • Fishing

    Lake Champlain offers many different species of fish including: brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow smelt, yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bullhead, panfish, and crappie. Kids younger than 15 do not need a fishing license, but 15 and older do.

  • Hiking

    A trail loops around the point to offer scenic lake and shore vistas, plus intimate opportunities for close-up nature and forest viewing. A connecting path cuts through the meadow for those wishing to shorten the walk. Both trails are wide and easy to follow. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    A community-based non-profit group that works to promote and encourage the splendid natural setting that is Knight Point as a venue for cultural and recreational programming.

  • Picnicking

    Knight Point has a rentable open pavilion which can seat up to 100 people. The pavilion offers charcoal grills, picnic tables, and access to volleyball, horseshoes, swings, hiking, swimming, and fishing. Also in the park are shaded and open picnic areas which include cooking grills.

  • Water Sports

    A sandy beach invites visitors to cool off in the waters of Lake Champlain. Wading and floating are popular water activities. You can often spot people using paddleboards and innertubes on the Lake.

  • Wildlife Watching

    In addition to the many bird and fish species of the Lake Champlain area, Knight Point also is home to or have been visited by white-tailed deer, porcupine, racoon, skunk, and squirrel. Reptiles and amphibians include American frogs, salamanders, and snakes. The cobbled shoreline, west of the swimming beach, and extending around the point, is a State Natural Area. It's the largest undisturbed example of this type of natural community on Lake Champlain and is home to an unusually diverse group of rare plant species.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are fun ways to see the park in winter. There are no facilities or staff available, but visitors are encouraged to explore the park during the off season and enjoy the quieter time of year. On Lake Champlain, many visitors enjoy ice fishing, kite-skiing, and dog sledding.

Seasonality/Weather

Open Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend for day use 10:00AM - sunset.

Directions

Driving

From North Hero Village: 3 mi S on U.S. 2, on Lake Champlain.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 372-8389

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