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Vermont campgrounds & campsites welcome family & RV camping

A stay at a campground or campsites for tent or RV camping is a great way for outdoors people, including children and families, to enjoy a fun vacation at a reasonable cost. Most VT campgrounds have public camping accommodations and many have a beach. Hike, swim, canoe, bike, and enjoy your favorite outdoors activities surrounded by beautiful mountain and lakeside scenery. In addition to tent camping, some VT parks also feature day-use shelters, cabins and cottages. Camping in Vermont state parks is seasonal.

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Girls on the Beach - Grand Isle State Park - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Grand Isle State Park

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

Many campsites; large sandy beach, swimming, shore fishing, sports fields

This park is located on the shores of the very beautiful South Hero Island (also known as Grand Isle). It is large, and has the most-visited campground in the state and a destination park for many camping families. Ease distance from Burlington, VT, and Montreal, Quebec.
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. Some lakeside camping and lots of access to water sports. - Interactive Campground Guide (PDF)
Coolidge State Park - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Coolidge State Park

855 Coolidge State Park Road Plymouth, VT, 05056 Phone: 802-672-3612

Beautiful views; rustic character; camping; hiking trails

This park is famous for its wonderful mountain vistas. The campground is in a forested area and it 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. Lots of walking trails and chances to see owls, moose, and bears. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
Fishing Locations - Bomoseen State Park - Castleton, VT - Photo Credit Vermont State Parks
Bomoseen State Park

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

Good for camping, swimming, fishing, boating w/ rentals; pets allowed in campground

Bomoseen State Park is in the Taconic Mountains. At 2,000 acres in size, it embraces Glen Lake and forested land that includes the camping area of Half Moon State Park. Five dozen camp sites are located in meadows, woods, and along the lake shore. Campers have access to Flush toilets, hot showers, and a dump station are provided. An open picnic pavilion is available for rent. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
Kayaking - Lake St. Catherine State Park - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Lake St. Catherine State Park

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

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

This lakeside campground is in open meadow land. It 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. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
Button Bay State Park

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

Camping on Lake Champlain; great views; guarded pool; trails; nature center

Button Bay Park is situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Champlain, offering beautiful views. The camping area is in an open, grassy meadow, and it includes 2 cabins and five dozen tent or trailer sites. Flush toilets, hot showers, and a dump station are provided. The park has a picnic area, play area, and a swimming pool with lifeguards. - Interactive Campground Map and Guide (PDF)
Girl in Water - Emerald Lake State Park - East Dorset, VT - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Emerald Lake State Park

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

Fine camping, swimming, paddling, fishing, walking and hiking; motor boats prohibited

Located on a lake and near the Long and Appalachian trails, this park is popular for water sports and hiking. The park surrounds 20-acre Emerald Lake. One hundred campsites and lean-to sites are on the wooded ridge above Emerald Lake. Flush toilets, hot showers, and dump station are provided. Picnic areas are found on the hill and alongside the lake. - Campground Map (PDF)
Season & Hours: Memorial Day thru Columbus Day, 10am - Sunset.
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Underhill State Park in Mount Mansfield State Forest

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

Rustic camping at tent and lean-to sites; road not for RVs and trailers

The park includes a log picnic shelter, The park contains a small campground, picnic grounds, a group camping area, and a picnic shelter. The campground has a bathroom with flush toilets and cold running water (no showers). In the lower camp area, near the ranger station, there are 11 tent sites and 6 lean-to sites. Bathrooms has cold water and flush toilets (no showers). Campsites are walk-in. Because of the narrow entrance road and limited maneuvering space, this park is not recommended for recreational vehicles or trailer campers. - Campground Map (PDF)
Half Moon Pond State Park - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Half Moon Pond State Park

1621 Black Pond Road Hubbardton, VT Phone: 802-273-2848

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

Half Moon Pond State Park is a favorite for family camping. The campground is on a small scale, and it has tent and lean-to camping sites and five cabins both on the waterfront and back in the more-wooded areas. The furnished Tall Timbers Cottage has a boat dock and all the comforts of home. There is a play area and hiking trails to High Pond and to Bomoseen State Park. Good park for bicycling. - Trail Map (PDF)
Ladies and their Camper - Quechee State Park - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Quechee State Park

6800 Woodstock Road (U.S. Route 4) Hartford, VT, 05047 Phone: 802-295-2990

Walks along a magnificent glacial gorge; camping; pets permitted

The centerpiece of this park is the fantastic Quechee Gorge, a glacial gouge in the landscape. The park's camping area contains 45 tent or trailer sites and 7 lean-to sites; two bathrooms with showers; and a sanitary dump station. Large RVs are allowed but there are no RV hookups. There is a picnic area with a pit toilet and a hiking trail along the gorge. The park is on the Connecticut River Byway. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
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Big Deer State Park

1467 Boulder Beach Road Groton, VT, 05046 Phone: 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. - Interactive Campground Guide (PDF)
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Fort Dummer State Park

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

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

Fort Dummer State Park is a sweet, small camping park an easy weekend drive from New York City and Boston. It is near the historic and culture-rich town of Brattleboro, always a fun visit. The park is 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 playing field. - Campground Map (PDF)
Kids in the River - Jamaica State Park - Jamaica, VT - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Jamaica State Park

48 Salmon Hole Lane Jamaica, VT, 05343 Phone: 802-874-4600

Tent and trailer camping; white water release; fishing; pets allowed

The park has 41 tent or trailer sites and 18 lean-to sites. Two rest rooms have hot showers. A picnic shelter and nature center are near the picnic area and swimming hole. The weight limit for the town's bridge leading into Jamaica State Park has been downgraded to 8 tons. - Campground Map (PDF)
Open: Late April thru Columbus Day, 10am - Sunset.
Campground at Wilgus State Park - Springfield, VT - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Wilgus State Park

3985 CT River Road (Route 5) Springfield, VT, 05156 Phone: 802-674-5422

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

There are 4 cabins with WiFi, 17 tent sites;6 lean-to sites; and four cabins with WiFi access. One bathroom with running water and hot showers ($). Picnic area with lean-tos. A trailer sanitary station is located by the ranger's quarters. A small picnic shelter can be reserved for free for groups. This park provides day use access to the Connecticut River and the Pinnacle Trail hike provides a scenic vista of the Connecticut River Valley. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
Campground at Woodford State Park - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Woodford State Park

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

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

This park is on a high plateau, in a wooded area with nearby 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. Several nearby hiking trails include a walking route around the lake. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
Open: Memorial Day thru Columbus Day, 10am - Sunset.
Mount Philo State Park - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Mount Philo State Park

5425 Humphreys' Road Charlotte, VT, 05445 Phone: 802-425-2390

Park on a mountain top has magnificent views; camping; hiking; pets allowed

A camping area has 10 sites, flush toilets and hot showers. Road to the park is steep and narrow; not for trailers. This park is loved for its expansive views overlooking Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Open : Memorial Day-Columbus Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
Beach House - Elmore State Park - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Elmore State Park

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

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

This is a fun park for family camping. The campground has 45 tent or trailer sites and 15 for lean-tos. Two restrooms in the campground with hot showers. A sanitary dump station is available; no hookups.
A beach house on Lake Elmore may be rented from Memorial to Labor Day. The beach house has a function room that holds 50 people, also for rent. An open-air picnic pavilion that seats up to 100 people may be rented by the day. It has charcoal grills, tables, restrooms nearby, electricity, wheelchair access. - Campground Map (PDF)
Campground at Molly Stark State Park - Wilmington, VT - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Molly Stark State Park

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

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

Park has two camping areas 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. This park is on Molly Stark Trail Scenic Byway (Route 9), the historic route across. Hiking trails to the mountain peak yield beautiful views. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
Open: Memorial Day thru Columbus Day, 10am - Sunset.
Mount Ascutney State Park

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

Great for hiking & hang gliding; pets permitted

This park is recommended as a place for tent and trailer camping, and for hiking to locations with exceptional views. It is also Vermont premiere location for hang gliding, with a hang gliding launch site. 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. - Campground Map (PDF)
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 the place for remote camping by genuine outdoorsmen and -women. The calls of loons from Spectacle Pond can be heard in the park's campground, The campground sits on the undeveloped Spectacle Pond has 5 cabins, 61 tent or trailer sites, and 23 lean-tos. Bathrooms have hot showers. A sanitary dump station is available. No RV hookups. Also on Spectacle Pond are a swimming beach and changing rooms. Also, the park has hiking trails, boat rentals, and a playground. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
Family at Picnic Table - Townshend State Park - Townshend, VT - Photo Credit Molly Stromoski and VT State Parks
Townshend State Park

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

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

Townshend State Park is at the foot of Bald Mountain. It is known for its rustic and close-to-nature camping atmosphere. 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. The park looks has a picnic area, hiking trails, and a campground with tent platforms. Because of the size and layout of the park, there is a limit of 6 people and one vehicle per site. There is a trail to the top of Bald Mountain for day hiking, with fantastic views. - Campground Map (PDF)
Open: Memorial Day thru Labor Day, 10am - Sunset.
Campground at Lake Carmi State Park - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Lake Carmi State Park

460 Marsh Farm Road (Route 236) Franklin, VT, 05457 Phone: 802-933-8383

Great park for paddling and boating; many campsites; pets not allowed in day use area

Lake Carmi, the fourth-largest lake in Vermont, is well-loved for its camping, fishing, and waster sports. 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 allow self-contained RVs (no hookups). Two camping areas each have their own swimming beaches. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
Branbury State Park - Brandon, VT - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Branbury State Park

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

Popular for hiking and swimming; pets allowed in some areas

Branbury Park is on a lakeshore and at the base of a mountain. The park is divided by Route 53. Two dozen tent and lean-to sites are in a wooded area on one side of the road; and 17 tent sites are in an open field on the other side. Camp areas have flush toilets, hot showers, and a dump station. Pets are allowed only in the day use area and campsites. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
Open: mid-May thru Columbus Day, 10am - Sunset.
Camping at Lake Shaftsbury State Park - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Lake Shaftsbury State Park

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

Furnished cottage on the lake; group camping; boat rentals; swimming; pets allowed

Lake Shaftsbury State Park is on Lake Shaftsbury. Lodging includes a furnished waterfront cottage with deck and grill and a group camping area with lean-tos. Also, a swimming beach, play area, and picnic area. A concessionaire rents canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and pedal boats. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
Hiking at Gifford Woods State Park - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Gifford Woods State Park

34 Gifford Woods Access Road Killington, VT, 05751 Phone: 802-775-5354

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

Park is popular with hikers and loved for viewing the colorful scenery during during fall foliage period. 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. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)