The Lake Champlain Bridge Heritage Area is 500 acres of public land in New York and Vermont connected by a spectacular, pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, award winning bridge that spans beautiful Lake Champlain. Arrive by land or water, explore a wealth of historical, archaeological, and natural sites, and experience multiple recreational activities in a uniquely scenic and historic setting.
A few of the unique features and sites to explore:
The Lake Champlain Bridge- Now with pedestrian and bicycle access. The stunning 2011 Lake Champlain Bridge replaced the 1929 bridge which was on the National Register of Historic Places, that connected Crown Point, New York and Chimney Point, Vermont.
Chimney Point State Historic Site- Museum exhibits on Vermont's Native American, French colonial, and early American history, all in a circa-1785 tavern. The tavern is on the site of a 1731 French fort. The grounds, open year round, have interpretive signs, a preserved 1929 bridge pier, and a boat launch. Museum open May to October.
Crown Point State Historic Site- Explore the preserved ruins of two National Historic Landmark fortifications: Fort St. Frederic (French 1734-1759) and "His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point" (British, 1759-1773). The multimedia Archaeology Exhibit is open May to October; grounds, including miles of hiking trails, interpretive signs, and picnic pavilion, are open year round.
Champlain Memorial Lighthouse- Originally built in 1858, the lighthouse served as a navigational aid for the narrow lake passage between New York and Vermont. It was transformed into a memorial for Samuel de Champlain in 1911 and displays a sculpture by Auguste Rodin. Accessible from the Crown Point State Campground.
Crown Point State Campground- The campground's 66 sites are located amidst the colonial fortifications. Operated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the grounds include a boat launch with transient dock, fishing pier and the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse. Opens in mid-May
Lake Champlain Visitors Center- Stop in for regional visitor information and check out the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge Commemorative Exhibit while you are there. The center is located on the New York side, just before the bridge, in the original toll-collector's house. Open daily from mid-May to October.