The park has three loops with 51 sites. We wanted a site in the wooded loops for shade and privacy but found them to be too small or sloped so we chose a site in open grassy section. Most of these sites have trees for shade and are level but they lack privacy. This park does not fill during the week so reservations are not necessary. Even though it's on the shore of Lake Champlain a steep bluff makes lake access difficult and there isn't a beach or boat ramp. Park amenities include restrooms, pay showers, and a dump station.Campground 44.05586, -73.41342
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
There's only one area open to hiking. Go south on the dirt road located off of Route 17, just west of the bridge that crosses the creek. There's a small lot about 3/4 of a mile in. The dirt road trail that branches off to the right starts after the gate. It's about two miles out and back. We did not take the road to the left but it appears to follow the lake shoreline for about a mile to the end of the WMA area. We didn't see much wildlife probably because of the time of year, the time of day, and the hot temperatures.
There's an opening on the left side of the gate for access. It's wide enough for most wheelchairs. The trail is a mixture of hard packed dirt and rough grass. Most wheelchair user will need assistance.
The road to the lot is in good condition but there are low hanging branches. The parking area is large enough for any RV,
We spent the night in the boat ramp parking lot on the Route 17 at the east side of the bridge. I found the spot on freecampsites and didn't read the read the regulations until the next morning. It looks like we were camping illegally but nobody bothered us. WMA 44.07574, -73.35136
Monday, August 29, 2022
The property includes a museum, the family house, eight outbuildings, and hiking trails. Museum displays focus on slavery and the role of the Robinson family. The house is opened for tours on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The house contains original furnishings from all family members.
Sunday, August 28, 2022
Of course this was not a popular move with all of the people from New Hampshire who had land grants and led to the formation of the Green Mountain Boys by Ethan Allen and his brothers. The Green Mountain Boys drove away surveyors and incoming tenants and in 1777 delegates from twenty eight Vermont towns met and declared independence from Britain and also from neighboring states, New York and
New Hampshire. The Green Mountain Boy fought on the side of the patriots in the Revolutionary War but Vermont was an independent state until 1791 when it joined the United States.
The Ethan Allen Homestead has a small, two room museum with one room representing a tavern where a short film is shown. The original Allen house is open for guided tours four times a day. There are wooden walkways under the windows so that people can peek in when tour are not being conducted. Examples of an Abenaki dwelling and other structures that would be found in a village have been recreated on the grounds.
Saturday, August 27, 2022
The small store is self serve and the products for sale are made from over 50 varieties of herbs, flowers, fruits and other botanicals grown on the property. The farm owners, Becca and Tim Lindenmeyr, handcraft the products which include soaps, candles, lotions, creams, and honey. We bought a jar of honey.Farm 44.38137, -73.13991
Friday, August 26, 2022
RVs are not permitted in the parking lot near the museum but the they may be parked 1/3 mile away. Go north on Lake Street (narrow but doable), turn left on Penny Lane, and right into the first lot. There are spaces along the right side, parallel to the curb, where any RV will fit. The lot is a dead end so it may be difficult to turn around RVs with a towed car. It's an easy walk/roll to the science center along the Island Line Trail. Center 44.47669, -73.22095