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
521 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

trail running

walking

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.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Did the loop around the park and all the side loops to total about 4 miles. Hiked at a brisk pace, took me 1 hour 20 minutes to finish. I liked how the different species of trees had little signs at the beginning of the hike - I've never see Ironwood or Musclewood before. Cost $4 to enter and parking was good.

hiking
17 days ago

We loved this gentle hike. We were greeted by friendly staff, the trails were very well taken care of and our dog loved the rock pet beach.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike. Enjoyed swimming in the bay half way through our hike which was on a very hot 95 degree day. Cost was $4 per person because it’s a state park. Great day.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike. Clean and well-maintained trails. There was a 4 dollar fee to get in.

trail running
2 months ago

Cute little state park with well maintained trails. Lots of roots and rocks made trail running challenging. Rest for a snack at the waterfront stops.

nature trips
2 months ago

Easy hike with my young daughter. Very quiet and not busy. Loved the poems and tree descriptions. She loved the hike. We are planning another trip.

3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes, especially in fall,winter and spring. quiet trails not busy. nature,deer,Turkey,woodpeckers , ducks. located on lake Champlain.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike on our first truly springlike day!!! Great views.

4 months ago

trail very nice short get away I enjoy this spring a lot before start hitting bigger trails

10 months ago

This was a great hike to dust out the cobwebs. Awesome views of the lake and a fun hike.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

This was a good workout for a fat guy.

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Thursday, May 12, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, April 11, 2016

Fun little hike. Great for young families

snowshoeing
Thursday, January 07, 2016

Great hike so very close..... Lots of amazing views and usually no other people around

hiking
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

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.

walking
Thursday, July 30, 2015

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.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

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! :-)

hiking
Friday, December 26, 2014

Lovely, easy trail... even in snow. Lots of different types of trees on this hike down to the water.

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