Niquette Bay State Park

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Niquette Bay State Park is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Colchester, Vermont that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
590 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

beach

forest

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

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16 days ago

This was a good workout for a fat guy.

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2 months ago

Perfect for a family hike with younger kids. 3,6 & 9 all enjoyed it! Many different areas to explore: lake, marshes, woodland and mountain views. Fantastic park

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8 months ago

Even in rain and snow covered ground, it was beautiful. Very well kept and well-marked trails. Gorgeous views of the lake. You can explore the park in about an hour and a half.

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Monday, July 04, 2016

Monday, July 04, 2016

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Friday, June 24, 2016

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.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nice, gentle hike. Cozy little beach. Great for families.