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Quick Facts
Designation: New York State Scenic Byway
Fees: Only for the various attractions along the way.
Length, One-Way: 121 Miles (201.67 Kilometers)
Time: Allow at least one day.

General Information

Description - This Scenic Byway runs along one of the most popular attractions in the Adirondacks- Lake Champlain. The lake's unique charm is captured in its impressive military history, quaint villages, and great opportunities for water recreation and sight-seeing.

Attractions - The Champlain Trail is known for it's Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Recreation - Running the length of the 121-mile Lake Champlain, the Champlain Trail features miles of sandy beaches, quaint historic villages and unique glimpses of the Adirondack Mountains.

Climate - New York experiences four distinct seasons, with spring and fall being the most pleasant times to travel through the region. Humidity in the southeastern areas of the state can make summer travel uncomfortable, although many festivals and special events occur during that season. Summer highs in the lower elevations of New York usually don't surpass 90 degrees F. Thunderstorms occur a few times a week and can bring needed relief from the heat. During the fall and spring humidity levels drop with temperatures and make for pleasantly mild traveling weather. Fall brings brilliant color changes in the leaves and spring bring blooming flowers to all regions of the state. Winter travel can be hazardous as the western portion of the state receives extreme amounts of snow. Debilitating ice storms hit the southeastern portion of the state as often as snow. Although the major highways are usually clear soon after snow, in time to reach the ski resorts in northern New York.

Location - Running the length of the 121-mile Lake Champlain, this trail features miles of sandy beaches, quaint historical villages and unique glimpses of the Adirondack Mountains.

Directions from : Begin your travels along the trail on Route 4 in Schuylerville, then head north to Fort Edward, past Ticonderoga. Continue north on Route 22, which passes Crown Point State Historic Site, Port Henry, Wesport, and Keeseville. From here, take Route 9 north and continue to Ausable Chasm, and then Valcour. The byway continues northward to Rouses Point and the Champlain Bridge.

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Additional Information:
New York Scenic Byways - New York State's Scenic BywaysProgram boasts a 2,000 mile statewide network of scenic byways including one National Scenic Byway, the Seaway Trail.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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