Every once in a while we go somewhere and wonder “why isn’t everyone talking about this place?” Well, there are a few state parks that make us wonder the same thing. After all, they’re filled with things to do, the views are amazing and lucky for us we can even spend the night in many of them. Let’s take a look at a few under-appreciated state parks in VT that we think should have a lot of love.
1. Thetford Hill State Park
If you are a cross country runner, the Thetford Hill State Park is the place for you! Don't miss the sweeping views from Sunset Hill - it's perfect for a picnic so plan to bring one.
2. Big Deer State Park
Mountain bikers and horseback riders love the 17 miles of hiking trails and over 20 miles of gravel roads and multi-use trails you'll find at this park located in the Groton State Forest.
3. Molly Stark State Park
This park might be better known, but not everyone has seen it in person. Enjoy the sweeping views of lush greens from the fire tower at the Molly Stark State Park in Southern Vermont.
4. Stillwater State Park
Many people are familiar with the view from Owl's Head Lookout in Groton, but there is so much more to explore at the Stillwater State Park.
5. Wilgus State Park
The canoeing here is simply incredible. Picturesque and serene, the Wilgus State Park in Weathersfield is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
6. Jamaica State Park
This park will bring out the inner explorer in you. There is an old railroad track that is a popular hike here, as well as a trek to Hamilton Falls, which is located about one mile up Cobb Brook.
7. Branbury State Park
Along with a 1,000 foot natural sandy beach, you'll find hiking trails to scenic vistas, waterfalls, caves, mountain lakes and streams provide outstanding hiking opportunities close by. This park in Brandon has it all!
8. Knight Island State Park
Many people know of Burton State Park, but this park located on an island in North Hero shouldn't be missed. If you don't have a boat to get here, you'll have to arrange for a water taxi.
9. Lowell Lake State Park
Everyone loves the 3.5 mile loop around the gorgeous lake.
10. Niquette Bay State Park
As you can see, the views are absolutely stunning at the Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester. Who would have thought this would be located so close to busy towns?