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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  • Many years ago my best friend worked there, Ricky Jarvis. worked for the park systems. we would travel all over the area's of upstate New York. but we always found, Point Au Roches, a fast getaway, , ...  more »
  • The views are great the walk is so nice, pets allowed and bikers too. Two routes to choose from and a place to have a meeting (prayer) or just sit and enjoy the view.  more »
  • A wonderful quiet place to walk on well marked trails, collect your thoughts and be surrounded by the beauty of nature. Definitely special  more »
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  • Great place to relax, walk trails, sit on the beach, or bring your kids to a nice playground. Beautiful park.
  • WONDERFUL. Really a nice place for walks. You can bring your dogs and walk along the trails. VERY CLEAN. and Free. Not a lot of people either.
  • This is a beautiful place right along Lake Champlain. The new playground is nice for the kids.
  • Best beach in Plattsburgh area. Nice hiking trails and great view of Lake Champlain.
  • Very clean beach. Great for children as it takes a while before it gets deep.

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