Vermont state parks and forests are ideal for a fun family vacation

Vermont state and local parks, along with the Green Mountain National Forest, have land, facilities, and equipment for every imaginable outdoor adventure for a fun family vacation or weekend getaway. Activities on state and local parks may include water play like swimming, boating, and fishing; hiking and biking; nature centers and wildlife viewing; family tent or RV camping; snowmobiling; and historic sites. Enjoy all the outdoor beauty and activity the parks have to offer, then bed down at a mountain resort, inn, or family lodging.

Over 100 years ago, Millstone Hill in Websterville (adjacent to Barre) was the site of more than 75 small granite quarrying operations, producing granite used for monuments throughout the nation. During the 20th century, quarry operations consolidated and smaller operations closed. Quarries filled with water and the woods grew back. The Trust for Public Land, the Millstone Trails Association, and the Town of Barre created a community forest for the Town of Barre out of 355 acres of former quarry land. The town forest is part of a 70-mile walking and mountain biking trail network ranked as one of the top 10 mountain biking destinations in New England.

Trails take you among the quarries, with great views and lots of evidence of the region’s industrial history. Find information on quarrying history, the trails, and access to the forest at the Touring Center located in a restored historic general store at 34 Church Hill Road in the village of Websterville. A fleet of Jamis bikes is available for rentals.

352 Mountain Road Underhill, VT, 05490 Phone: 888-409-7579

Best for hiking, rustic camping; no trailers or RVs; pets permitted

Underhill park is at an elevation of about 2,000 feet, on the western slope of Mount Mansfield State Forest, which includes the state highest peak, Mount Mansfield, at 4,300 feet. Over the mountain summit is the Stowe ski area.
The park has a small campground with flush toilet and cold running water (no showers); picnic grounds; and a group camping area, and a log picnic shelter. The group camping area is on a level field and it has seven rustic shelters, two tent sites, and a pit toilet. The road into park is steep and unpaved. Not recommended for trailers, RVs or large tour buses. An open pavilion built in the 1930s seats 50 people and has a fireplace and picnic tables and is close to bathrooms. The pavilion does not have electricity.
The park is probably best known for its hiking. Four trails travel to the summit ridge of Mount Mansfield from this park. The high elevation and harsh climate have produced plants typical of the alpine tundra.
Season & Hours: Memorial Day to mid-October; day use hours, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Learn more about hiking at this park.
Learn more about camping at this park.

284 Allis State Park Road Brookfield, VT, 05060 Phone: 802-276-3175

Rustic camping, picnicking, hiking; free day use; pets allowed

This park, smack in the center of the state, is loved by people who want to get away from noise, activity, and convenience. The park, located on an old farm, is on Bear Hill, where sweeping views allowed lookouts to watch for forest fires. Peaks visible from Allis State Park are Killington, Pico, Mount Ascutney, Camel’s Hump and Mount Mansfield, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
There are 15 tent sites and 8 lean-to shelters; restrooms with hot showers and running water; picnic area and shelter; firewood for sale; hiking. Drinking water is available. Limited trash service is available. The log pavilion is for rent. It seats 100 people and has electricity and a restroom. Also: grills, fire places, and picnic tables. Hiking loops are nearby too. Season and hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day; open daily, 10 a.m.-sunset.
Nature Trail guide.
Park Map

3570 Lake Dunmore Road (Route 53) Brandon, VT, 05733 Phone: 888-409-7579

Popular for hiking and swimming; pets allowed in day use area and campsites

Branbury State Park is located on the shore of Lake Dunmore and at the base of Mount Moosalamoo. The park is divided by Route 53. Campers have a couple of choices: Two dozen tent an lean-to sites are in a wooded area on one side of the road; and 17 tent sites are in an open grassy field on the other side of the road. Campers have flush toilets, hot showers (for a fee), and a dump station. Swimming and picnicking are popular on the 1,000-foot sandy beach of Lake Dunmore.
Pets are allowed in the day use area and campsite, but not on beach or swimming area. Lots of popular nearby hiking trails and mountain biking trails. There is fishing and boating (Canoe, kayak, rowboat, and pedal boat rentals are available at the park) on Lake Dunmore. Season and Hours: Memorial Day-Columbus Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset.
Campground map.
Learn about Hiking at this park.

3034 VT Route 30 South Poultney, VT, 05764 Phone: 802-287-9158

Lakeside camping; beach; boating, fishing; boat rentals; pets allowed except in day use area

Located on Lake St. Catherine, the campground contains 50 tent and trailer sites and 11 lean-to sites. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. Visitors enjoy the park’s grassy meadows, woods, and beachfront. Nice picnic and swimming areas. The snack bar concession rents out with canoes, kayaks, rowboats and pedal boats. Boating and fishing are popular on the lake.
Campground map and guide.
Fishing guide.

102 State Park Road Island Pond, VT, 05846 Phone: 802-723-4360

Remote and rustic camping; fishing; paddling; swimming; boats for rent

Brighton State Park in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is in wild and remote area of forested mountains, streams, and lakes. Suited to fishermen, hunters, and outdoorsmen. Logging roads offer adventurous side trips into undeveloped areas.
The campground sits on the undeveloped Spectacle Pond has 5 cabins, 61 tent or trailer sites, and 23 lean-tos, Bathroom have hot showers. A sanitary dump station is available. No RV hookups.
The park is located on Spectacle Pond, where vacationers can use a sandy beach and bathhouse. Also, the park has hiking trails, boat rentals, a natural history museum, and a playground. Season & Hours: Memorial Day to Columbus Day; day use hours,10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Campground map and guide.
Nature trail guide.

48 Salmon Hole Lane Jamaica, VT Phone: 802-874-4600

Tent/trailer camping; autumn white water release; good fishing; pets allowed

The park has 41 tent or trailer sites and 18 lean-to sites. Two rest rooms have hot showers for a fee. A picnic shelter and nature center are located near the picnic area and swimming hole. A hiking trail follows the West River and branches off toward Hamilton Falls.
Every fall -- usually on the fourth Saturday in September -- the Army Corps of engineers releases water from the Ball Mountain Dam. The event draws rafters, kayakers and canoeists from all over New England. The West River is also a favorite spot for many fishermen because of its combination of deep and slow moving water and its shallow, fast ripples.
The weight limit for the town's bridge leading into Jamaica State Park has been downgraded to 8 tons. Campers with large RV or trailer units should check their total weight. Season & Hours: April 26-Columbus Day; day hours, 10 a.m.-sunset.
See campground map.
See recreational trails guide
See information on white water release.

460 Marsh Farm Road (Route 236) Enosberg Falls, VT, 05450 Phone: 802-933-8383

One of VT’s top 5 parks for paddling & boating; lots of campsites; pets not allowed in day use area

At 1375 acres, Carmi is the fourth largest lake in Vermont. Fish species in the lake are northern pike, walleyes, and other warm water species. The southern end of the original lake is now wetland forests and a large peat bog. The state park includes over two miles of frontage on the shores of Lake Carmi.
For campers, there are 140 tent or trailer sites, 35 lean-to sites, and two cabins. Bathrooms have running water and hot showers. There is a trailer dump station but no hookups. Most sites can fit self-contained RVs. Two camping areas each have their own swimming beaches. There is a day use beach with a nature center, bathrooms and boats for rent.
Season & Hours: Mid-May-Columbus Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset
Lake Carmi campground map.

3985 Route 5 Weathersfield, VT, 05156 Phone: 802-674-5422

On the Connecticut River and popular for paddling, canoeing, and kayaking; campsites; cabins with WiFi

There are 4 cabins with WiFi, 17 tent sites and 6 lean-to sites on the Connecticut River bank. One bathroom with running water and hot showers ($). There is a picnic area, and three lean-tos in the group area. Canoe and kayak are available. A trailer sanitary station is located by the ranger's quarters. A small picnic shelter can be reserved for free for groups. Pets are allowed, except in cabins. This park provides day use access to the Connecticut River and the Pinnacle Trail hike provides a scenic vista of the Connecticut River Valley.
Campground map.
Wilgus State Park is located on the Connecticut River Byway. Season & Hours: April 28-Columbus Day; day use hours: 10 a.m.-sunset.

262 Shaftsbury State Park Road (Route 7A) Shaftsbury, VT, 05262 Phone: 802-375-9978

Furnished lakeside cottage; group camping; boat rentals; swimming; pets allowed

Lake Shaftsbury State Park surrounding the lovely Lake Shaftsbury. Park has a furnished waterfront cottage for up to six people, with deck and grill and a group camping area with clusters of lean-tos. Also, a swimming beach, play area, and picnic area. A concessionaire rents canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and pedal boats. The Healing Springs Nature Trail along the lakeshore is good for walking. People may rent the open pavilion with electricity, grills, tables, chairs, and a bathroom. It is wheelchair accessible. Season & Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset.
Park map.
Healing Springs walking trail.

1826 Back Mountain Road Windsor, VT, 05089 Phone: 888-409-7579

Recommended for hiking & hang gliding; pets permitted

This park is recommended for camping, hiking, and exceptional views. It has 39 tent or trailer sites and 10 lean-to sites in the woods. Two restrooms with plumbing and hot showers (fee charged). There is a sanitary dump station for recreational vehicles (RVs); no hookups. Two picnic areas; one at the bottom of the summit and the other up the summit road.
The park entrance is at an elevation of 550 feet; from the entrance a road travels through a hardwood forest to the summit, at 2,800 feet in elevation. From the road, a 1-mile foot path takes hikers to another 344 vertical feet to the summit, with expansive views. Good views from a fire tower and Rbownsville Rock, a quarter-mile from the summit. Hang gliding takeoff spot.
Season & Hours: May 20-October 20; day use, 10 a.m.-sunset
A stone has room for up to three dozen people; two grills that use charcoal; a picnic tables. Near hiking and camping. Park is located on the Connecticut River Byway.

434 Old Guildford Road Brattleboro, VT, 05301 Phone: 802-254-2610

Camping, walking & hiking; near two historic byways; pets allowed

Fort Dummer State Park is in the Connecticut River Valley and along the Molly Stark Byway and the Connecticut River Byway. The campground has 50 tent or trailer sites and 10 lean-to sites and two bathrooms with hot showers. There is a sanitary dump station, but no hookups. Campers also can enjoy at picnic area, hiking trails and a large open field. Park is near the fun and culture-rich town of Brattleboro.
Campground map.
Nature trail.
Connecticut River National Byway
Molly Stark Byway

142 State Park Road Bennington, VT, 05201 Phone: 802-447-7169

Good for camping, walking and hiking; lakes with boat rentals; pets permitted

Woodford State Park is on an elevated plateau at 2,400 feet, with the highest campground of any park in Vermont. The park surrounds Adams Reservoir and is it on the border of the Green Mountain National Forest. The local area has several lakes and ponds.
The wooded campground has 103 sites. Flush toilets, hot showers for a fee, and a dump station are provided. A small beach and picnic area are located near the dam. Rowboats, canoes, and kayaks are available for rent. There are several hiking trails, including a three-mile walking trail around the lake. Season & Hours: Memorial Day-Columbus Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset.
Campground map.
Hiking trails.

1621 Black Pond Road Fair Haven, VT, 05743 Phone: 802-273-2848

Good for camping, hiking, boating, paddling, fishing; no day use; pets allowed

Half Moon Pond park is located within the larger Bomoseen State Park. The setting is a wooded area in a sheltered basin wrapped around Half Moon Pond. This is a camping only park and there are no day use opportunities.
The campground offers waterfront 50 tent campsites, 11 lean-to sites, and five furnished cabins, some on the edge of the pond and some deeper in the woods. Also, Tall Timbers Cottage, on the edge of the pond with its own private dock, offers all the creature comforts. Flush toilets, hot showers for a fee, and a dump station are provided. Pets are permitted, but not allowed in cabins or cottages.
The park has a very large trail system that includes short walks to full-day hikes.
There are two sandy beaches on the pond for swimming and sunning; rowboats, kayaks, canoes and pedal boats are available for rent (no motor boats allowed). The pond also has excellent fishing for largemouth bass, panfish, and perch. More fishing is at nearby Glen Lake and Lake Bomoseen.
Season: Memorial Day-Columbus Day
Campground map
Trail map.

321 St. John Road Hubbardton, VT Phone: 802-786-0060

Walking, wildlife viewing

This is an undeveloped state park on land donated to the state in late 2016. It is in the shadow of Mount Zion. There are walking trails and a beautiful Japanese garden. No visitor facilities. Pets are welcome.
Season and Hours: Open year round, 10 a.m. to sunset.

96 Bellwater Avenue Barton, VT, 05822 Phone: 802-525-6205

Swimming and boating in glacial lake; cottage for rent; pets not allowed

Crystal Lake is a glacial lake surrounded by rough-hewn mountains. The beach area has a mile of sandy shoreline with a swimming area. The historic granite bathhouse has bathrooms, changing areas, and a concession stand. Also: picnic tables, charcoal grills, play areas, boats and canoes for rent. The Crystal Lake cottage is for rent; it accommodates up to six people. Season & Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset.
Park map.

3803 Lakeview Drive North Hero, VT, 05474 Phone: 802-372-8727

Paddling is the major activity at this park

North Hero is a stop on the Lake Champlain Paddlers’ Trail. The park is not staffed. There is a beach, but no other facilities Season & Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset North Hero is a day use park; camping is not allowed. Pets are permitted.

65 Emerald Lake Lane East Dorset, VT, 05253 Phone: 802-362-1655

Best for camping, swimming, paddling, fishing, walking & hiking; motorized boats prohibited

Located on a lake and near the Long and Appalachian trails, this park is popular for water sports and hiking, as well as its wooded campground, swimming beach, and and nearby attractions like Manchester shopping, Hildene, and Vermont Marble Exhibits. It is near several historic stone and marble quarries.
The park surrounds 20-acre Emerald Lake, which is good for swimming and paddling. Motor boats prohibited. Species for fishing include yellow perch, small mouth bass, northern pike and other warm-water species.
The park is a favorite destination of hikers, with the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail nearby, and trails on Dorset Mountain.
One hundred campsites and lean-to sites are on the wooded ridge above Emerald Lake. Flush toilets, hot showers, and dump station are provided. There is a small beach with a snack bar and boat rental facilities (canoes, kayaks, row and pedal boats). Picnic areas on the hill and alongside the lake.
Season & Hours: Memorial Day-Columbus Day; day use hours: 10 a.m.-sunset.
Campground map.
Trail guide.

22 Cedar Mountain Road Castleton, VT, 05743 Phone: 802-265-4242

Good for camping, swimming, fishing, boating (boat rentals); pets allowed in campground

Bomoseen State Park is in the Taconic Mountains, the historic slate-producing region of Vermont. The park covers 2,000 acres around Glen Lake and forested land comprising the camping area that is Half Moon State Park. The campground contains 66 campsites, some grassy and open, some in the woods, and some on the lake shore. Flush toilets, hot showers, and a dump station are provided. An open picnic pavilion that seats up to 100 people is available for rent, Electricity, grills, picnic tables, and wheelchair path. Restrooms are nearby.
There is boating and fishing in Lake Bomoseen and Glen Lake. The park has a beach for swimming and a picnic area. Also at the swimming beach are a snack bar, rentals of canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and pedal boats. Several hiking trails, including one to Half Moon State Park, provide great hiking opportunities. Season & Hours -- Memorial Day-Labor Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset.

6443 Mountain Road Stowe, VT, 05672 Phone: 802-253-4014

Best for hiking & ice climbing; notch road not passable in winter; pets permitted

Smugglers’ Notch is a narrow pass through the Green Mountains. From the administration of Thomas Jefferson through the Prohibition period, the Notch was an important smuggling route between the U.S. and Canada. Smugglers’ Notch State Park was moved in 2003. The new campground features sites that are further spread out, a new bathroom that use alternative energy and easy access to Bingham Falls. Smugglers' Notch State Park has tent, RV and lean-to camping with hot showers, and is a favorite for those day hiking and backpacking the Long Trail or its side trails. Close to Stowe village. Season: Mid-May to mid-October.
Learn about hiking at this park.

855 Coolidge State Park Road Plymouth, VT Phone: 802-672-3612

Beautiful views; rustic character; camping; hiking trails

Coolidge State Park is the developed section of Calvin Coolidge State Forest. It is near village of Plymouth Notch, the birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge. Loved for its magnificent views, considered by some people as the best at any Vermont state park.
The wooded campground has 36 lean-to sites and 26 tent or trailer sites; four bathrooms with hot showers; a large picnic shelter; a nature center, a play area, volleyball, and a horseshoe pit. There is a sanitary dump station for RVs, but no hookups. An open pavilion is available for rent. It seat up to 70 people and has electricity, grills, fireplaces, and picnic tables. Can be reached by wheelchairs. There are miles of hiking trails and opportunities to see wildlife, like owls, moose, and bears.
Campground map.
Summer recreation trails map.

856 VT Route 12 Lake Elmore, VT, 05657 Phone: 802-888-2982

Good for family camping; hikes and walks; lake swimming; pets but not on beach

This is a sweet, intimate park for families with little kids. Campground has 45 tent or trailer sites and 15 lean-tos. Two bathrooms have hot showers (for a fee). There is a sanitary dump station; no hookups.
Day use includes a large sandy beach, walks to a fire tower, a beach house, concession stands, boat rentals, restrooms. There are wide, grassy expanses to play on, swings, a volleyball net and a picnic shelter. An open-air pavilion seat up to 100 people and may be rented for group events like reunions.
There is convenient access to several hiking trails to Elmore Mountain and its fire tower. There is a general store just across the lake and Lake Elmore is close to the village of Stowe.
Season & Hours: Memorial Day-Columbus Day; day use, 10 a.m.-sunset.

2714 Hathaway Point Road St. Albans, VT, 05481 Phone: 802-534-6021

Seimming and boating from a peninsula; kayaks for rent; public boat ramp; pets not allowed

Located on the southern end of St. Albans Point, a long, narrow peninsula, Killkare State Park is named for a former boys camp at this location; its centerpiece is a grand summer resort hotel known as The Rocky Point House, build in the 1870s, and now a renovated museum. The south-facing swimming area has a mostly sandy bottom. There is a public boat launching ramp that reaches deep water quickly. There are kayaks for rent. Pavilions and function rooms are available for rent. Season & Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset.
Park map.

705 Route 9 East Wilmington, VT, 05363 Phone: 802-464-5460

Camping; hiking to fire tower with magnificent views; pets allowed

Park name honors the wife of Gen. John Stark, who served in the Revolutionary War. The park is on Molly Stark Trail Scenic Byway (Route 9), the west-east route across Vermont that links Brattleboro, Wilmington and Bennington. Park has two camping area of 23 trailer or tent site and 11 lean-to sites. Bathrooms with showers. Pavilion for up to 60 people with electricity, grill, and tables, is for rent. There is a play and a hiking trail leads to the Mount Olga fire tower, for magnificent mountain views. Season: Memorial Day-Columbus Day.
Campground map.
Trail guide.
The Molly Stark Byway.

State Parks Within Groton State Forest

State parks in this forest offer camping, water sports, hiking trails, Nature Center

Boulder Beach State Park
2278 Boulder Beach Road, Groton, 802-584-3823
This park is located on the shore of Lake Groton. The day use area has 75 shaded picnic sites with tables and grills. There is 200 feet of beach and swimming area, a car top boat launch, play area, shelter with group facilities, three large parking lots, and a concession stand. All rest rooms have lavatories and flush toilets. Day use fees charged. Boulder Beach Park map.

New Discovery State Park & Osmore Pond
4239 VT Route 232, Marshfield, 802-426-3042
This campground has 46 tent/trailer sites and 15 lean-tos. Seven sites allow horse campers. Two bathrooms with hot showers. A dump station is available; no hookups. There is a play area and miles of hiking and multiple use trails. Swimming is available at Boulder Beach State Park.
Osmore Pond is a rustic pond where motorboats are not allowed, Access is through New Discovery State Park. The pond has four remote campsites, a picnic shelter with rest rooms and picnic sites.
All picnic sites have a picnic table and a native-rock fireplace with a cooking grill. Drinking water is available. Flush toilets are located in the picnic shelter. Firewood may be purchased at New Discovery Campground. There is a day fee for the use of the area.
Osmore Pond is stocked with brook trout. Canoes and rowboats are available for rental. Hiking trails to Big Deer and Little Deer summits as well as the Hosmer Brook Trail are accessible from the Osmore Pond Trail.

Ricker Pond State Park
18 Ricker Pond Campground Road, Groton, 802-584-3821
This campground has 27 tent/trailer sites, 23 lean-tos, 5 cabins and a waterfront rental cottage that sleeps up to 5 and comes with a canoe. Bathrooms wit hot showers for a fee. A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups. There is a swimming beach, boat launch, shelter, and access to miles of hiking trails.

Stillwater State Park
44 Stillwater Road, Groton, 802-584-3822
This campground is located on Lake Groton. The park includes a campground with 60 tent/trailer sites and 19 lean-tos. All bathrooms have hot showers. There is a sanitary dump station available, but no hookups for RVs. There is a swimming beach, boat launch/dock facility, play area and miles of hiking and multiple use trails in the adjacent state forest. The Groton Nature Center is nearby.

Big Deer State Park
1467 Boulder Beach Road, Groton, 802-584-3822
This campground has 23 tent/trailer sites and 5 lean-tos. The bathroom has hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available at Stillwater, but no hookups. There's easy access to the Groton Nature Center, Boulder Beach, and miles of hiking trails.

Map of Groton State Forest

34 Gifford Woods Road Killington, VT, 05751 Phone: 888-409-7579

Good for hiking; access to Appalachian Trail; pets permitted, but not in cabins

This park is located near the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail, so it is popular with hikers. Hikers walking the whole AT pass this park. Gifford Woods is also popular for enjoying the changing colors at fall foliage time.
Gifford Woods has 4 cabins, 22 tent or trailer sites, and 20 lean-to sites. Two bathrooms with plumbing and hot showers (for a fee). There is a trailer sanitary station for recreational vehicles, but no RV hookups. Ice and firewood for sale. A wooded picnic area and play area are near the ranger's quarters. Access to lots of short hikes.
Season: May 17-October 20
Located on the Crossroad of Vermont Byway

2755 State Forest Road Townshend, VT, 05353 Phone: 802-365-7500

Rustic camping; hike to mountaintop; limit on people and vehicles per campsite; pets allowed

Townshend State Park is at the bottom of Bald Mountain and on the West River. The park looks has a picnic area, hiking trails, and a campground with tent platforms, for a rustic camping experience. The wooded campground has 30 tent or trailer sites and 4 lean-to sites. Two bathrooms (one with showers); a picnic shelter with a fireplace and three tables. There is a trail to the top of Bald Mountain for day hiking, with fantastic views. There is a limit of 6 people per site and one vehicle per site. Season: Memorial Day-Labor Day.
Campground map
Trail guide.

177 Reservoir Road Waterbury Center, VT, 05677 Phone: 802-244-1226

Rated one of VT’s top five parks for paddling and boating; also, swimming, fishing; no pets

Waterbury Center State Park lies on a 90-acre peninsula at the eastern section of Waterbury Reservoir. It is located within the Mount Mansfield State Forest. It is popular for boating, fishing, swimming, and picnicking. The park has 22 picnic sites, tables, small grills, a swimming beach, a nature trail, trailer boat ramp, boat rentals, concession area and restrooms. A wheelchair-accessible trail includes two fishing platforms. The reservoir welcomes fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and other quiet uses, along with motor boating, jet skis, and water skiing. These rules include 5 mph/no-wake zones. Season & Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset.
See: Waterbury Reservoir Boating guidelines.
Learn about the Peninsula Nature Trail.

118 Button Bay State Park Road Vergennes, VT, 05491 Phone: 802-475-2377

Camping above Lake Champlain; great views; lifeguarded pool; trails; nature center

Button Bay Park is high on a bluff overlooking Lake Champlain. Its name comes from button-like clay deposits along the shoreline. The open, meadow-like camping area has 73 sites and 2 cabins. Flush toilets, hot showers, and a dump station are provided. The park has a picnic area, play area, and a swimming pool with lifeguards. Canoes, kayaks, and rowboats are available to rent. Button Point Natural Area is a nearby hardwood forest; its has trails and a Nature Center. Visitors may rent use of a large open pavilion that seats up to 300 people, with electricity, grills, picnic tables, and a bathroom. Season & Hours: Memorial Day-Columbus Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset.

Campground map and guide
Lake Champlain Byway Map
Pool schedule.

5425 Mount Philo Road Charlotte, VT, 05445 Phone: 802-425-2390

Park at mountain top has magnificent views; camping; hiking trails; pets allowed

This park, the oldest in Vermont with a founding date of 1924, is at the summit of Mount Philo, 968 feet above sea level. It is recommended for its marvelous views overlooking Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Road to the park is steep and narrow; not for trailers. A camping area has 10 sites, flush toilets and hot showers. There are hiking trails from the mountain base to the summit.
The Mount Philo Trail enters the woods on the left of the park road and proceeds uphill to House Rock. At the half-mile point, the trail joins a narrow spur that heads rightward toward Devil’s Chair, an enormous boulder. Soon after, the trail passes a lookout and the first views of the surroundings. The summit ledges and picnic area are a short, steep climb. Follow blue blazes.
Season & Hours: Memorial Day-Columbus Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset
Campground map.

6750 VT Route 17 West Addison, VT, 05491 Phone: 802-759-2354

On a bluff overlooking Lake Champlain; campground in meadow; water sports; bird watching

This is a quiet park on the shore of Lake Champlain. Good for both daytime and overnight visits. The park has a large, open campground, grassy picnic areas, and stone pavilion, which may be rented. Good location for bird watching. There are 70 sites including 24 lean-tos located in a meadow and under a stand of large trees. Flush toilets, hot showers, and a dump station are provided. Picnic area located on a bluff; pavilion for groups. Boating, fishing, sailing, and swimming are popular in Lake Champlain. Season & Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Pets allowed except in picnic area.
Campground map and guide.

36 East Shore South Grand Isle, VT Phone: 802-372-4300

Lots of campsites; large sandy beach, swimming, shore fishing, sports fields

Located on a heavenly South Hero Island (also known as Grand Isle), which meanders down the center of Lake Champlain, Grand Isle State Park is the most-visited campground in the state and a destination park for people for their entire vacation period. Still, its location on Route 2 means the park attracts many single-night campers. The close proximity to Montreal, Quebec, means you may hear and see French-Canadian culture in neighboring campsites.
The park has 117 tent or trailer sites, 36 lean-to sites, and 4 cabins. Rest rooms have running water and hot showers for a fee. There is a trailer sanitary station but no hookups. Half the camp sites can accommodate self-contained RVs. Lakeshore areas permit water access for swimming and shore fishing. There is a boat launching ramp for registered campers. Kayaks and rowboats are available for rent.
The Nature Center offers nature exploration, games, and entertainment. Play fields includes sand-court volleyball, horseshoes, and a play area. The park has a nature walk. Campers are allowed free entry to the sand beach at Knight Point State Park (seven miles to the north) and Alburg Dunes State Park (19 miles to the north.>
Season & Hours: Mid-May to Columbus Day
See campground map.

5800 Woodstock Road (Route 4) Hartford, VT, 05047 Phone: 802-295-2990

Views and walk along magnificent glacial gorge; camping; pets permitted

The centerpiece of this park is the fantastic Quechee Gorge, formed by movement of glaciers thousands of years ago and sometimes called Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon. The Ottauquechee River flows through the gorge about 165 feet below viewing points along Route 4.
The park is on the property of an old wool processing mill. The present campground is on the old mill’s recreation area. The park contains 45 tent or trailer sites and 7 lean-to sites; two bathrooms with showers; and a sanitary dump station. Most sites are large enough for large RVs. No RV hookups. There is a picnic area with a pit toilet and a hiking trail along the gorge. Season & Hours: Memorial Day-mid-October; day use hours, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The park is located on the Connecticut River Byway.
Next to the gorge, on Route 4, is Quechee Gorge Village, a fun place to shop for Vermont souvenirs. Stores in the village include the Cabot Quechee Store, Danforth Pewter, Vermont Toy & Train Museum, Vermont Spirits, The Quechee Diner, and Yankee Candle.
Campground map and guide

2008 Scout Camp Road Ludlow, VT, 05149 Phone: 802-228-2025

One of VT’s top parks for paddling; beach; boat rentals; horse camping; walking trails

In 1850, a young man discovered gold in Buffalo Brook but gold mining never flourished here. Now, recreational gold panning for fun is allowed in Buffalo Brook. There is a group camping area on the south side of Buffalo Brook. Horses are allowed in this area. The area has lean-tos, pit toilets, tie-off station, a manure bin, and a field for activities.
On the north side of the brook there are a large picnic area, play area, sandy beach, horseshoe pits, concession, and boat rentals. Four furnished rental cottages are available. There is a large enclosed picnic shelter with a kitchen for large groups and two smaller pavilion-style picnic shelters, Fernwood and Wedding Grove. Season & Hours: Memorial Day-Columbus Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset.
Activities guide at Camp Plymouth State Park.