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Point Au Roches State Park, Plattsburgh
(4.4/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We went there in the fall time. looks like a beautiful place for a hiking! they have a small beach as well. Summer time must be the best time around this area. 
  • A well maintained trail, a fun Park and a beautiful beach at the end. The path is nice, the birds sing loudly and Nature is omnipresent.
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  • We really enjoyed the one trail that we hiked along with family members - the views of Lake Champlain were great and the grandkids loved skipping rocks and climbing some trees! 
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  • A wonderful park that is free to the public. Tons of trails and many different water access points. Perfect for a day of hiking and a picnic with friends or family.
  • We frequently visit this park in the summer as a go to. Beautiful place with a beach, boat launch and many trails to walk. You can even pass the main entrance to the second drive and enter at no charge. If you don't mind walking a bit to get to the main area there is a paved walk way that goes directly there. Great place and highly recommended!
  • This park charged participants in the 2016 Tour de Force charity run an entrance fee. The Tour de Force charity raises money for the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. No one was using the park for anything other than starting the race. Shame on the greed of the state and the park director.
  • Nice park beach , hiking trails , boat launch and not crowded like parks closer to city
  • My fiance and I enjoyed the trails and the beautiful views of the lakes and mountains. Beautiful place for families to enjoy❤