The Islands "Other" State Park

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LCIEDC Staff

Aug 06, 2021

 


Many people know the Champlain Islands as a place to find some of the state's best parks.  Miles of shoreline and large tracts of undeveloped land make it an obvious location for camping and recreation.  With the majestic Alburgh Dunes, peaceful Knight Point, and popular Sandbar (technically in Milton, spiritually in South Hero) there's always a beach close by.  Grand Isle State Park offers campers of all types a place to escape the hustle and relax while surrounded by forrest and the lake.  Even the now closed for camping, but open to the public North Hero State Park offers moments of pure tranquility, even if of the apocalyptic variety.    

Ask island residents to name the state parks in Grand Isle County, however, and most will forget about Knight Island.  That's because most have never driven by, or likely even been to it.  In a county full of islands many already consider remote, Knight Island takes the cake.  



Situated 2 miles due east of North Hero village, and conserved in 1990 by the Lake Champlain Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy, Knight Island State Park represents 185 acres of some of the most remote camping to be found in Vermont.  There are just seven campsites, many requiring a hike from the ranger station and all absent running water. Even still, these sites are immensely popular and book months in advance.  If you would like to try your luck at booking a site visit the Knight Island State Park page

For the more spontaneous, day use of the park requires no pre-planning and offers a robust network of hiking trails and shorelines for picnicking or swimming.  

Getting to the island is half the fun.  In the winter a hike across the frozen lake is a highlight of North Hero's annual Great Ice festival, but the rest of the year requires transportation of some kind.  For those without their own boat, USCG licensed Holly Poulin offers ferry service out to the island for a fee (driftwoodtours@aol.com).  

Though often forgotten, Knight Island remains a treasure to those who make the journey.

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