1621 Black Pond RoadHubbardton, VTPhone: 802-273-2848
Good park for camping, hiking, boating, paddling, fishing; no day use; pets allowed
Half Moon Pond Park wraps around Half Moon Pond. This is a camping only park and there are no day use opportunities for people other than campers at the park. Two sandy beaches are good for swimming and boating; visitors may rent kayaks, canoes and pedal boats (no motor boats allowed). The pond also has excellent fishing. Open: Memorial Day thru Columbus Day
22 Cedar Mountain RoadCastleton, VT, 05743Phone: 802-265-4242
Good for camping, swimming, fishing, boating w/ rentals; pets allowed in campground
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.
Near VT Route 100 South and Covered Bridge RoadWarren, VTPhone:
The Mad River tumbles down a series of boulders and dives into one of the best swimming holes in New England at Warren Falls. The pool at the bottom of the falls is green, clear, and welcoming. Jumps of 10, 15, and 20 feet from the rocks above can be done safely, with normal caution. Lots of people congregate at this falls and swimming hole purely for the pleasure of the leap. Parking is available but limited. No parking fees. Use common sense for safety when jumping. Wait for pool below you to clear of swimmers.
To Get There: From Warren, drive northwest on Fuller Hill Road; make a left turn onto Main Street; make a right turn onto Covered Bridge Road; make a left turn onto VT Router 100 South; watch for the falls on the right a mile down the road.
177 Reservoir RoadWaterbury Center, VT, 05677Phone: 802-244-1226
One of VT’s top five parks for paddling and boating; also, swimming, fishing; no pets
Waterbury Center State Park is on a peninsula of the Waterbury Reservoir. It is very popular for water sports, swimming, boating, and fishing. Picnic sites, tables, grills, swimming beach, nature trail, trailer boat ramp, boat rentals, concession area and restrooms.
3570 Lake Dunmore Road (Route 53)Brandon, VT, 05733Phone: 888-409-7579
Popular for hiking and swimming; pets allowed in day use area and campsites
This park's The 1,000-foot natural sandy beach on Lake Dunmore and the large open grassy areas make the area popular for swimming, sunning, or picnicking. Non-motorized small boats are available for rent.