OK, now that you’ve been able to figure out what type of camping is for you from our
Amazing Camping Spots article, it’s time to narrow down some awesome areas that have the best remote and/or primitive camping. What is primitive camping? Well, it usually means camping in a forest with no developed facilities and leaving the site with little or no evidence of human visitation and are usually in areas with difficult access. Are you up for the challenge?
1. L.R. Jones State Forest, Plainville
Beautiful views of the Green Mountain Range can be seen from the fire tower in Vermont's first state forest.
2. Burnt Rock Mountain, North Fayston
This is an impressive rocky dome, located along the Long Trail just north of Huntington Gap. The trail is a favorite of many and worth a hike to check it out. Camping at this site is prohibited, but find a spot nearby and enjoy the views.
3. Coolidge State Forest, Plymouth
Sometimes, you just have to pack up everything and get away from it all, at least for one night. After all, primitive camping is an all season activity in Vermont!
4. Okemo State Forest, Ludlow
There are outdoor adventures to be found all four seasons at the Okemo State Forest, along with two primitive camping areas.
5. Groton State Forest, Plainfield
You can find all types of camping in the Groton State Forest including RV, tent, cabin, cottage, lean-to, remote, and primitive. They really have something for everyone!
6. Mathewson State Forest, Lyndonville
Remote camping is fun, getting stuck in a desolate area is not. Be prepared!
Areas in Mendon, such as the 918 acre Aitken State Park, offers many hiking and primitive camping opportunities for those with a good pair of hiking boots.
8. Green River Reservoir State Park, Hyde Park
The Green River Reservoir State Park is Vermont's most secluded state park. The 28 scattered campsites are so remote you can only reach them by paddling, and some are more than a mile away from the boat launch! All campsites have limited facilities including a fire ring with a cooking grate and an outhouse nearby.
9. Burton Island, St. Albans
One of the things that makes Burton Island so special is that you can only get there by boat or ferry. Whether you're there for quiet time or for a camping vacation with the kids, you'll love any of the 17 tent sites and 26 lean-to sites (plus 15 boat moorings and a 100-slip marina). Be sure to reserve a campsite early! Unlike other parks, reservations for Burton Island campsites open up eleven months in advance on the 15th of the month. This is so that they can devote all their energies to serving Burton customers on these busy days.
10. Molly Stark State Park, Wilmington
If you're looking for some independence, the Molly Stark State Park is the place to go. Named after a woman whose accomplishments range from teaching her 11 children to read and write, to being instrumental to the American success at the Battle of Bennington. Pick one of the two camping loops which consist of 23 tent/RV sites and 11 lean-to sites for a camping trip of a lifetime.
11. Jamaica State Park, Jamaica
Jamaica State Park is located on a bend of the West River, which is also a favorite spot for fishing. Bring your rods and get ready to kick back and relax at one of the 41 tent/RV sites and 18 lean-to sites that are spread out through the campground. Venture out and see the Hamilton Falls, Ball Mountain and trek along one of the many hiking trails.
No Vermont summer is complete without a rustic camping trip. After all, some of the best memories of all are the ones where we’re sitting around a smoky campfire, roasting marshmallows and telling stories late into the night. Many of the state parks have
excellent beaches, too! Check them out!