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Knight Point State Park

An easy, flat, short hike. Many viewpoints along the trail overlook Lake Champlain, and there are several large old-growth maple and oak trees.
Trail Activity
1.20 miles, Network
North Hero (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt
Not Permitted
Other Activities


Well maintained trail in Knight Point State Park. Several lookouts to Lake Champlain. On-site restrooms and good parking. Good mix of trees overhead and open fields. Easy hike. Many access points from the center of the park. Beach and boat rental facilities at the park. 

About the Park:

Knight Point on North Hero Island opened as a  state park in 1978, but its history goes back much further.  John  Knight, the Point's first resident, began ferry service between the  islands in 1785.  His family operated a ferry until the first bridge  opened in 1892.  The historic Knight Point house is a parks staff  residence.  The wooden frame wing is a reconstruction of the Knight  Tavern, an inn built in 1790 for travelers crossing between the  islands.  The brick section of the building, added to the tavern in  1845, has an unusual two-story porch.

Expansive lawns  are the center of this 54-acre day use park.  The lawn becomes meadow  west of the developed area, where the forest along the lakeside is a  substantial natural feature.  Besides stands of mature, windswept oak  and maple on the point, hickory and hop hornbeam are found further  inland.  Tight clusters of cedar trees enhance the beauty and wildlife  cover of the area.

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.

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.

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.

The  facilities include a sandy swimming beach and boat rentals. Shaded and  open picnic areas include cooking grills.

You Can Rent the Pavilion at Knight Point This open pavilion seats up to 100 people and has charcoal grills, picnic tables, and restrooms nearby. There is electricity and the pavilion is accessible. It costs $125 (plus reservation fee) to rent for a day, find out more on the VT State Park shelter rentals webpage.

Other Information

The park and trail are open year round. Between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day a fee is charged and the restrooms are open.

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. Events hosted by the center have included performances by Hermann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions, the Vermont Shakespeare Company, and the Vermont Mozart Festival. For information about this season's ICAR events, contact the Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce at (802) 372-8400.

Trail Manager

Visit Vermont State Parks online for more information or contact:

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation Region 3: Essex Region

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation Region 3: Essex Region
111 West Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452-4695
Phone: (802) 279-8329
View website

Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for emergencies. Pack extra clothing, food, and water and also a flashlight, first aid and repair kit, matches/fire starters, whistle, signaling mirror, and pocket knife.
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Trailhead Information

This state park is to the west of Route 2 in North Hero. From the south on US Route 2, the entrance is the first left after the North Hero/Grand Isle drawbridge. From the north on US Route 2, the entrance is the last right before the North Hero/Grand Isle drawbridge.

There is a small lot plowed for winter access.

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