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Point Au Roches State Park, Plattsburgh

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PARK HISTORY

Home to Native Americans for centuries, the 840-acre parkland was first visited by Europeans in the early 1600s. The first permanent residence in the area was built by Benjamin Mooers, in 1783.

Prior to its purchase by New York State in 1974 the area served a variety of purposes. From the 1800s into the twentieth century its use was primarily agricultural. Then, during World War I, “Junior Plattsburgh” was established at the site to provide an ROTC type experience for young men.

Later, the land use became recreational, with Camp Theodore Roosevelt, followed by Camps Red Wing & Red Cloud, enabling young people to learn about nature and develop lifelong skills. The camps originally encompassed Long Point and Middle Point, while the beaches became Beekmantown’s St Armand’s Beach.

In an earlier period a Club/Resort also stood near the Park’s shoreline, and, in the late ’50s a commercial theme park, Fantasy Kingdom, opened on present-day Park grounds, entertaining many families.

Visitors walking through the Park can still see several of the earlier buildings and old foundations.
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  • This is a wonderful park with long walking trails near and on the water. Markers along the trails tell of the foliage and it is good in all seasons. There are no facilities to speak of. Bring your own...  more »
  • I really enjoy spending time at Point Au Roche State Park. There is something to do all year round, from cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter to walking the nature path and observatory ...  more »
  • Just a great place to visit and walk your dog. The park has as nice beach also picnic area.the park has a really boat launch. Very nice trail to walk or ride a bike.  more »
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  • Our favorite place in the North Country! The beach is clean and manned by guards until 7. The playground is big and has shredded tire ground cover. Great hiking trails, fishing, and swimming. Pet friendly! The only thing I don't like is still paying for beach access when they guards aren't on duty. *Carry in/carry out park! No garbage cans*
  • This is an exceptional park that borders Lake Champlain. Trails meander over soft grass, dirt, and gravel - through tall cedars or everygreens and pastures. You can go deep into the woods or simply grace the edge of the Lake. The views are extraordinary year round.
  • Great park with hiking trails, beach, boat launch, playground and fishing. Bring your dogs for a walk and enjoy the views.
  • It's family orientated, you can have parties there, you can go to the beach, walk the trails, just love it here.
  • always so much fun . beautiful views and nice clean trails.