Niquette Bay State Park

The perfect location for a family hike -- park and walk down an old road to the sandy, natural shores of Lake Champlain. With an extensive trail network, Niquette Bay State Park is the perfect place to boat, swim, hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, or picnic.
Trail Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing
4.4 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Colchester (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Road, Unpaved, Stairways/Ladders
Permitted on leash
Other Activities
Snowshoeing Groomed cross-country skiing Paddling


Niquette Bay State Park contains more than 550 acres of rugged wildlife habitat along the shores of Lake Champlain's Malletts Bay with large trail-less regions set aside for wildlife including bobcat, fisher, mink, coyote, and even the occasional bear. Established in the 1970s by the State, the park gained an additional 290 acres in 2000 when the Lake Champlain Land Trust added three parcels on either side of the state parcel to protect the area from development. The lowland of the Champlain Valley and the calcium-rich bedrock make Niquette an exceptional learning environment. 

Miles of family-friendly trails with beautiful outcrops and several viewpoints can be found here. 

The park is dog-friendly, but pets must be on-leash at all times.

The Allen Trail, from the parking area to the lakeshore, is the only trail on which bicycles are allowed.

Visit the park website.

Other Information

Open from dawn to dusk. No motorized vehicles are allowed at Niquette due to the fragile nature of the forest. 

In conjunction with state partners, Niquette Bay State Park is one of more than 45 properties saved by the Lake Champlain Land Trust. Since 1978, the Lake Champlain Land Trust has preserved the lakeshore and natural areas of Lake Champlain, including thousands of acres and miles of shoreline. For more information or to help save Lake Champlain's best trails and natural areas, visit

Trail Manager

Visit Vermont State Parks or Lake Champlain Land Trust online for more information and a printable map 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

Lake Champlain Land Trust

Lake Champlain Land Trust
1 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 862-4150
View website

Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Pack it in, pack it out. This goes for trash, leftover food, toilet paper, and hygiene products. If you brought it into nature, please bring it out.
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Trailhead Information

From Exit 17 of I-89, go west on US-2 approximately one mile. Take the Raymond Road exit (a right turn then left to cross the highway). On Raymond Road, watch for the park entrance on your left. This State Park charges a day-use fee during the operating season (Second Friday in May through Columbus Day), but the park is open year-round. The lot is plowed in the winter. The area can also be accessed by boat (please do not tie up to trees, day-use fee still applies).

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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March 08, 2015
Great winter walk/hike. Some trail sections are more challenging in winter due to steep incline or large steps. Very enjoyable. Watch out for where inconsiderate hikers have allowed their dogs to relieve themselves ON the trails.
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