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Grand Isle State Park- Grand Isle State Park is located on, and takes its name from, the largest island in Lake Champlain. The Grand Isle is about fourteen miles long by three miles wide and is also known as South Hero. The Hero Islands were named to commemorate early Vermonters who had served in the American Revolution.
Knight Point State Park- Knight Point State Park on North Hero Island opened as a state park in 1978. Today expansive lawns dominate the center of this 54-acre day use park. There is also a parcel designated as Camp meeting Point Natural Area.
North Hero State Park- North Hero State Park is named for North Hero Island in Lake Champlain. The Hero Islands were named to commemorate those early Vermonters who served in the Revolutionary War.
Sandbar State Park- Sand Bar State Park takes its name from a natural sandbar between South Hero Island in Grand Isle County and the town of Milton on the Vermont mainland. The park is on the mainland, or eastern end, of that sandbar.

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Description - Built by Connecticut native Jedediah Hyde, Jr. in 1783, the Hyde Log Cabin is considered on of the oldest log cabins in the United States. After the Revolutionary War, Hyde traveled to northern Vermont to assist in surveying the area with a compass and theodolite which he had gleaned as one of the spoils of the Battle of Bennington. The cabin is open from July 1 to September 5, Thursday through Monday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Attractions - At Grand Isle, life in the Republic of Vermont is exemplified in the restored 1783 Hyde Log Cabin, built by Connecticut native Jedediah Hyde, Jr., heir to the namesake of Hyde Park, Connecticut. After the Revolution, the younger Hyde traveled to northern Vermont to assist in surveying the area with a compass and theodolite which he had gleaned as one of the spoils of the Battle of Bennington.

The cabin, constructed of 14-18" diameter cedar logs, consists of one 20' x 25' room with a massive fireplace at one end and an overhead loft. It is considered one of the oldest log cabins in the United States. Now restored, it is furnished with items collected by members of the Grand Isle Historical Society.

Recreation - Open from July 1 to September 5, Thursday through Monday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.

Location - The Hyde Log Cabin is located on Grand Isle in Lake Champlain. US 2 provides access.


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Agency of Commerce & Community Deve., Division for Historic Preservation, National Life Building, Drawer 20 , Montpelier, VT, 05620-0501, Phone: 802-828-3051

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Northern Vermont - Northern Vermont stretches between America's sixth largest lake and the state line of New Hampshire, this region offers an array of outdoor activities from boating and fishing to mountain hikes and moose hunting.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.
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