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Alburg Dunes

Welcome to alburg dunes. this 625-acre property became a state park in 1996. it is named for the sand dunes near the center and western end of the south-facing natural sand beach. this beach is amongst the longest beaches on lake champlain.


Allis state park was established in 1928 as vermont’s second developed state park. the park is named for wallace allis, who willed his bear mountain farm to the state of vermont to be developed as a campground and recreational area. it is located on the summit of bear hill which provides sweeping views of central vermont from a lookout tower once used to spot forest fires. on a clear day, killington, pico, and mt ascutney peaks are visible to the south; camel's hump and mt. mansfield to the north; abraham, lincoln, and ellen to the west; the white mountains of new hampshire to the east.

Big Deer

The campground has 23 tent/trailer sites and 5 lean-tos. the rest room includes hot showers ($). a sanitary dump station is available at stillwater, but no hookups. there's easy access to the nature center and miles of hiking trails.


Welcome to bomoseen state park. the 3,576-acre park is located in the taconic mountains on the shores of lake bomoseen, the largest lake entirely within vermont’s borders. the taconics are the slate-producing region of vermont, and the area's history parallels the rise and fall of vermont's slate industry. the park contains several quarry holes and their adjacent colorful slate rubble piles as reminders of this period. these quarries provided slate for the west castleton railroad and slate company, a complex of 60 to 70 buildings that stood between glen lake and lake bomoseen. several slate buildings and foundations remain in the park. a self-guided slate history trail leads hikers through remnants of this bygone era.

Boulder Beach

The day use area has 75 shaded picnic sites with tables and hibachis. all rest rooms have lavatories and flush toilets. there is 200 feet of beach and swimming area, cartop boat launch, play area, shelter with group facilities, three large parking lots, and a concession stand. canoes, kayaks and pedal boats are available to rent.


Branbury is located on the eastern shore of lake dunmore at the base of mt. moosalamoo. the green mountain national forest is its neighbor to the east. historically, the 69-acre park operated as a farm at the turn of the century, then a guest house, summer boy's camp and private beach and picnic area. in 1945, it became branbury (brandon-salisbury) state park.


Welcome to brighton state park. the outstanding attraction of this area is its remoteness: mountains with tree-covered slopes, fast running streams, and clear lakes. the wild lands to the northeast and southeast of the town of island pond are suited to the angler, the hunter, or the outdoor lover who likes to roam away from developed roads or towns. logging roads into the deeper reaches of this area offer adventurous side trips.

Burton Island

Burton island is a 253-acre park off the southwestern tip of st. albans point in lake champlain’s 'inland sea'. the park is accessible only by boat, with the state’s passenger ferry making the 10-minute trip from kill kare state park.

Button Bay

Button bay, a 253-acre park, is located on a bluff in ferrisburgh along the 130-mile long lake champlain. historically, the area has been visited by such notables as samuel de champlain (1609), ethan allen (1776), ben franklin (1776), and benedict arnold (1777). what once operated as a farm, opened as a state park in 1964. the park is so named for the button-like concretions formed by clay deposits found along the shoreline.

Camel's Hump

Waubanaukee indians first named it "tah-wak-be-dee-ee-wadso" or saddle mountain. samuel de champlain's explorers in the 1600's called it "lion couchant" or resting lion. the name "camel's rump" was used on a historical map by ira allen in 1798, and this became "camel's hump" in 1830.

Camp Plymouth

The crown point military road was authorized for construction in 1759 to connect strategic military posts at fort # 4 in charlestown, new hampshire to crown point on lake champlain. the military road was instrumental in moving troops and supplies in both the french and indian war and the american revolution. later, the road became an important route for commercial traffic. today, scout camp road follows part of the road’s original route.


A trip to coolidge state park is a trip back in time; the park remains essentially the way it was when it was first created in the 1930s. known for its rustic feel, hillside campsites that give way to dramatic mountain views, and authentic character, coolidge state park is the developed recreation centerpiece of the 21,500 acre calvin coolidge state forest, the largest state-owned land holding in central vermont. coolidge state park is the only vermont park with an entire loop of lean-to campsites, some of which have sweeping views of the black river valley and the green mountains. many campers feel that sites at coolidge have the best views in all of vermont. the park also has a loop of forested campsites, restroom facilities with showers, a hilltop picnic area with a log picnic shelter, a group camping area, and several remote lean-to campsites for those wishing to really escape it all.

Crystal Lake

In 1759, during the french and indian war, roger's rangers were chased into the crystal lake - barton area, according to the history books. it is believed that robert roger was familiar with this area at the age of fifteen, and that he participated in and helped lead the raid on st. francis in canada.


With its picturesque setting on the shores of lake champlain, the park provides an ideal setting for anyone seeking a relaxing day visit or an overnight respite. a quiet park, it is popular for its large, open campground, grassy picnic areas and stone pavilion. it is a favorite spot for birdwatchers. dar is conveniently located near boat access to lake champlain.


Welcome to elmore state park. the town of lake elmore calls itself “the beauty spot of vermont.” located in the southeastern part of lamoille county, elmore is mostly forested and agricultural land. lake elmore and elmore mountain, which rises almost from the lake’s shore, are prominent features of the town.

Emerald Lake

Located conveniently between manchester and rutland, the park is popular for its wooded hillside campground, beach and swimming area, and nearby attractions and tourist destinations. the park surrounds 20-acre emerald lake, named for the emerald green color of its waters when viewed from above. restricted to non-motorized watercraft, the lake is ideal for swimming and paddling. the lake also offers anglers an opportunity to catch 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.

Fort Dummer

The park was named after fort dummer, the first permanent white settlement in vermont. built on the frontier in 1724, it was initially the gateway to the early settlements along the banks of the connecticut river. forty-three english soldiers and twelve mohawk indians manned the fort in 1724 and 1725. later, the fort protected what was then a massachusetts colony from an invasion by the french and indians. made of sturdy white pine timber, stacked like a log cabin, fort dummer served its purpose well.

Gifford Woods

With its location at the base of killington and pico peaks and close proximity to the appalachian and long trails, this park is a favorite of hikers. many through-hikers pass the park on their appalachian trail journey from georgia to maine. the park is also a popular destination during the fall foliage season for its dramatic autumn colors.

Grand Isle

Welcome to grand isle state park, located on south hero island in lake champlain. the island, also known as grand isle, is 14 miles long and over 3 miles wide, making it the largest in lake champlain. it contains the towns grand isle (on the northern half) and south hero (on the southern half). the north and south hero islands are named in honor of early pioneering vermonters who served in the american revolution.

Green River Reservoir

Welcome to green river reservoir state park. green river reservoir became a state park in march 1999 when 5110 acres were purchased from the morrisville water and light department. this is not your typical vermont state park – green river reservoir provides camping and paddling experiences in a remote setting.. all campsites can only be reached by paddling to them - some a 1 to 2-mile paddle from the launch site.

Half Moon

Nestled away in the forests of 3,500-acre bomoseen state park sits the quiet camping area comprising half moon pond state park. set in the dense woods of a small, sheltered basin, the park surrounds half moon pond. the campground offers camping for all tastes with its waterfront campsites and lean-tos and five furnished cabins. for those seeking more creature comforts, tall timbers cottage, with its waterfront location and private boat dock, offers all the amenities of home.


Jamaica state park, now comprising 772 acres, was completed and opened to the public in 1969. previously, the area had supported a few small farms and a sawmill. the west river railroad ran through the park. the old railroad bed is now used as the trail that leads along the west river to ball mountain dam. the railroad operated from about 1879 until 1927, when a flood wiped most of it out.

Kettle Pond

As early as 1704 native americans and the french were using routes through groton to reach canada and massachusetts. colonists settled this area of vermont slightly earlier than the rest of the state due to the accessibility the network of waterways provided.

Kill Kare

Kill kare state park is named for kill kare, a summer camp for boys, which operated on this site for some fifty years through the mid-1900s. located on the southwestern tip of st. albans point, a three-mile peninsula which defines st. albans bay, kill kare is surrounded on three sides by the sparkling water of lake champlain. in the 1840s, the property was part of a farm owned by c.c. burton. the three-story building in the center of the park was built in the 1870s and operated as a summer resort hotel until about 1900, when the boys' camp was founded.

Kingsland Bay

Kingsland bay state park sits on the picturesque shores of lake champlain. visitors can enjoy the picnic areas and historic buildings of the park, or rent a canoe/kayak for an easy paddle around this protected bay. facilities to rent include an historic banquet hall that is perfect for large groups. kingsland bay state park has become a favorite spot for local events and weddings, due in large part to the stunning backdrop of lake champlain.
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