Niquette Bay State Park is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Colchester, VT and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until October.
This Vermont State Park is named for Niquette Bay, the local name for an indentation along the northeastern shore of Lake Champlain's larger Malletts Bay. 4700 feet of scenic rocky and sandy shoreline along the bay comprise the park's southern boundary. Todays 553-acre park began with an initial land purchase by the State of Vermont in 1975. It is named for Niquette Bay, the local name for an indentation along the northeastern shore of Lake Champlains larger Malletts Bay. 4700 feet of scenic rocky and sandy shoreline along the bay comprise the parks southern boundary. The property, much of it farmed and pastured through the 1800s, is today predominately forested. Two long ridges with summits rising to over 400 elevation run parallel along either side of a flat, sandy terrace bisecting the property. This terrace, in turn, is bisected by a brook and associated ravine. This brook, over 1000s of years, has carried away sand and silt as the ravine was carved, depositing it into Lake Champlain and forming the sandy but shallow beach along the eastern half of the parks shoreline. Limestone cliffs form the headwall of the western of the two ridges that cut through the park. The parks trail system accesses high points along each of these ridges, from which impressive vistas overlook Malletts Bay to the south, the Green Mountain ridge line to the east, and the Lake Champlain Islands to the west. Management strategies at Niquette Bay work to support the vision of the park as an oasis for appreciating nature. Camping is not permitted. Day use hours are from 10 a.m. to sunset. There is no public drinking water supply, and fires are not allowed. The park trail system is comprised of three interlocking loops along which a variety of hiking combinations can occur. The complete loop around the Ledges, Muhley, and Island View trails is 3.5 miles. The shortest distance to the lakeshore is 0.6 miles, via the Allen trail. It is by design that parking is limited to 30 cars, in an area adjacent to the park office, at the entrance to the property. Niquette Bay is pet-friendly, although proof of rabies vaccination is required and pets must remain on-leash at all times. Pets are not permitted on the beach but are allowed to swim in the cove area. Pet owners are expected to clean up after their pets and are responsible for any damage caused. Parties hiking with pets are limited to a maximum of four (4) animals per group.
This is a great trail. Well maintained and offers lake and woods views. You can choose totally easy, or you can do some minor elevation. The staff are awesome, the views are great, and fun or the whole family. They also had kayak rentals. Worth hiking again and again. You have a small space, but a mix of everything you could ask for. Fun time.
Nice, gentle hike. Cozy little beach. Great for families.
Fun little hike. Great for young families
Great hike so very close..... Lots of amazing views and usually no other people around
Nice series of easy loop trails with varying views of the bay. Even has a beach and a cove for swimming. I did all the trails for about a 5 mile total hike in an hour and a half with the dog. There is an entrance fee of $4, but the trails are well marked and groomed and there are dog bags and facilities (porta-potties), so that's a plus. Due to the fee and having quickly run out of trails to hike, I would only maybe consider returning in winter for snowshoeing for a different experience.
Winter is my favorite time for this one - have done all the loops multiple times in all seasons. In the summer it looks a bit too man made, but with a nice snow cover and the lake frozen over, you can find some gorgeous inlets of ice along the shore between the bare trees, and it is very peaceful. Nice place to bring the dog.
Great trail, I did the loop with the stone stairs, it was a lot of fun! Easy enough for a 16 lb poodle to do, but though enough to get your heart pumping and keep you warm in 20 degree weather. (with the proper gear of course ;-) ) I can't wait to do it again! :-)
Lovely, easy trail... even in snow. Lots of different types of trees on this hike down to the water.