Vermonters know that when it’s not freezing out, we absolutely have to take advantage of the great outdoors. Even when it is freezing and we’re skiing down the somewhat ice-covered slopes, we’re still enjoying it. If you haven’t been to these glorious state parks yet, you’ll be truly blown away once you do.
1) Allis State Park, Randolph
Allis was Vermont’s second state park, established in 1928. The park is named for Wallace Allis, who willed his Bear Mountain Farm to the state to be developed as a recreational area.
2) Okemo State Forest, Ludlow
Okemo is one of southeast Vermont’s largest state forests. It is home to the Okemo Mountain Resort, one of Vermont’s major ski areas.
3) North Hero State Park, North Hero
North Hero is a stop on the Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail. It is not staffed by rangers.
4) Green River Reservoir State Park, Hyde Park
Green River Reservoir became a state park in 1999 when 5,110 acres were purchased from the Morrisville Water and Light Department. Campsites can only be reached by boat.
5) Smuggler's Notch State Park, Stowe
Smugglers’ Notch is a narrow pass through the Green Mountains. It was, not surprisingly, a popular trail for smuggling goods between the US and Canada during Prohibition.
6) Half Moon Pond State Park, Fair Haven
The park offers a variety of camping options including waterfront campsites, lean-tos and five furnished cabins. Tall Timbers Cottage, with its waterfront location and private boat dock, offers all the comforts of home.
7) Quechee Gorge State Park, Quechee
This pet-friendly park offers free wi-fi and Vermont’s deepest gorge.
8) Woodford State Park, Woodford
This 398-acre park has the highest elevation campground of any park in Vermont, at 2400 feet.
9) Molly Stark State Park, Wilmington
Molly Stark State Park was named for the famous wife of General John Stark of the Revolutionary War. She was essential to the US victory at the Battle of Bennington.
10) Burton Island State Park, St. Albans
The park is accessible only by boat, with the state’s passenger ferry making the 10-minute trip from Kamp Kill Kare State Park.
11) Mt. Ascutney State Park, Windsor
There is an open stone pavilion here, free to the public. It seats 30 and offers a grilling area.
12) Jamaica State Park, Jamaica
The area at Salmon Hole, now used as the swimming area, was the site of a famous Indian Massacre in 1748.
13) Brighton State Park, Island Park
There are hiking trails, a camper's beach with boat rentals, nature museum, an amphitheater, a garage theater, and a play area.
14) Mt. Philo State Park, Charlotte
You can rent the indoor pavilion at
The wooden indoor meeting room can seat up to 60 people and has electricity, grills, tables, chairs, and a nearby restroom. It costs $200 to rent Monday - Friday and $300 Saturday or Sunday. Enjoy an outdoor wedding here with incredible views!
15) Elmore State Park, Morrisville
The day use area includes a large sandy beach, an historic CCC-built beach house with a community room that can be rented for group functions, a concession stand and cafe area, restrooms, and boat rentals.
16) Emerald Lake State Park, East Dorset
The park surrounds 20-acre Emerald Lake, named for the emerald green color of its waters when viewed from above.