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Vermont State Parks' Top Five: Biking
Button Bay State Park, Vergennes

When you think about Vermont, most people think about mountains.  But, the closer you get to Lake Champlain, the flatter the terrain becomes.  And that, combined with panoramic views of the Adirondacks, Green Mountains and big lake, makes for some spectacular bike riding. 

Button Bay State Park is on the Lake Champlain Bikeway, a 363-mile bike route around Lake Champlain and Richelieu River in Quebec.  The primary route is mostly paved, and the entire system includes 992 miles of shorter themed loops. There is minimal traffic along most of them, and the section around Button Bay State Park is especially suited to family riding. 

Nearby riding destinations include the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Basin Harbor Club and D.A.R. state park.  The southern Lake Champlain region near Button Bay is rich in Revolutionary War history - you may wish to visit Chimney Point and Mount Independence Historic Sites, the Fort Ticonderoga National Historic Site, or the John Strong Mansion Museum during your stay. 

Button Bay State Park has tent sites with wide open views of the lake, lean-to’s, a swimming pool and large open air picnic pavilion.  The park is named for the button-shaped concretions, (geological formations) found in the sedimentary clay soil of the area.  A gorgeous nature trail leads to the point where the nature center is located and interpretive programs are offered daily. Fishing and boating are also popular activities in this park.



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