State and Local Parks in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

The Northeast Kingdom is covered in many miles of gorgeous, untouched woodlands, many of which have been converted into park and recreational spaces. Enjoy walking trails, fishing areas, grills, and more. Related are the plentiful state forests throughout the region – note, however, that state forests often possess fewer amenities than parks.
Brighton State Park - Island Pond, VT - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Brighton State Park

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

Remote, 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.
Trail Map (PDF) - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
Open: Memorial Day thru Columbus Day; day use hours, 10am - Sunset.
Crystal Lake State Park - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Crystal Lake State Park

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

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

Crystal Lake is a glacial lake surrounded by rough 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. Open: Memorial Day-Labor Day, 10 a.m.-sunset. - Interactive Park Map (PDF)