La Chute River Walk and Bicentennial Park
Print guide is available at the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum
This municipal park stands on a once industrious site. It now offers a playground, picnic area, handicap-accessible fishing platform, and a small boat launch. This park also contains La Chute River Walk, a foot path with various interpretive signs, illustrating and highlighting the history along this small river.
This three-mile trail celebrates the extraordinary variety of industries that clustered around the waterfalls and rapids that punctuate the river’s course through town. Beginning at the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, located in the office built by Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper Company in 1888, the trail loops around Bicentennial Park, a vast expanse of waterfront greenery reclaimed from the sprawling paper mill and its wood yard.
The trail ends with a bracing climb up to where the river leaves Lake George for its two-mile plunge to the foot of Bicentennial Falls.
Distance And Terrain
The entire trail measures nearly three miles, with a bracing climb up the last stretch to where the river leaves Lake George for its two-mile plunge to the foot of Bicentennial Falls. A handicap-accessible fishing platform sits opposite a car-top boat launch.
Highlights And Key Points Along The Route
A dozen wayside exhibits illustrate and describe the history along the river.
Identify And Describe The Management Organization
La Chute River Walk is one of hundreds of community projects supported by PRIDE of Ticonderoga, a nonprofit Rural Preservation Company established in 1984 for the purpose of Preserving, Revitalizing, Implementing, Directing and Effecting (P-R-I-D-E) community development. PRIDE raises funds to rehabilitate housing, revitalize businesses, conduct community planning and enhance the quality of community life.
Over the course of 15 years, PRIDE has supported all the steps necessary to turn the industrial waterfront of centuries past into a community asset that celebrates both the natural and the historic resources of the river corridor. The vision that began with a survey of surviving industrial evidence has evolved into a paved path with kiosks and wayside exhibits that tell the stories of the landscape.