Vermont November 24, 2018
9 Stunning Vermont State Parks Where You Can Camp All Year-Round
If you are a Vermonter who loves the outdoors especially during the winter time, it’s time to go on a camping adventure. Vermont state parks can be crowded during peak season, but during the colder months, they become peaceful retreats. There are 30 state parks where you can camp year-round and the best part… during the off-season, camping is free! Let’s take a look at nine of these winter wonderlands where you can pitch a tent at any time of the year.
1. Brighton State Park
Located on the shores of Spectacle Pond, Brighton State Park is known for its beautiful water views and its remoteness. Visit the park at 102 State Park Rd., Island Pond, VT 05846.
2. Smuggler's Notch State Park
Enjoy views of the breathtaking Green Mountains rising above your campsite at Smuggler's Notch State Park. The park is full of adventure year-round, you can find it at 6443 Mountain Rd., Stowe, VT 05672.
3. Lake Carmi State Park
This 482- acre park lies on the shore of Lake Carmi, the state's fourth largest natural lake. This park also has the biggest campground of all the parks. Find Lake Carmi State Park at 460 Marsh Farm Rd..
Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.
4. Button Bay State Park
The campground at Button Bay State Park overlooks the stunning Lake Champlain. Explore the interesting clay deposits along the shoreline or hike the trails. Visit this park at 5 Button Bay State Park Rd., Ferrisburgh, VT 05491.
5. Jamaica State Park
Situated on a bend of West River, Jamaica State Park is a favorite haunt of anglers. Enjoy some quiet time in the park located at 48 Salmon Hole Ln., Jamaica, VT 05343.
6. Quechee State Park
Enjoy this popular spot without the summertime crowds in the off-season. Awarded park of the year, for its breathtaking views of the gorge. Visit Quechee State Park at 5800 Woodstock Rd.,
Hartford, VT 05047.
7. Ricker Pond State Park
Ricker Pond State Park is one of
in the Groton State Forest. Some campsites have water views while others are wooded, offering a variety of choices for campers. Find this state park at 18 Ricker Pond Campground Rd.,
Groton, VT 05046.
8. Knight Island State Park
This remote campground is at what seems like the end of the world. Knight Island State Park is located in Lake Champlain's inland sea. Find this secluded spot at 1 Knight Island,
North Hero, VT 05474.
9. Lake St. Catherine State Park
Lake St. Catherine State Park has been a popular recreation area for Vermonters since its opening in 1953. Winter offers a respite from the usually crowded park located at 3034 VT Rte. 30, Poultney, VT 05764.
View a full list of the state parks that offer year-round camping
. Apply for a permit at least 3 - 4 days before you plan to go camping. All sites are accessible only on foot in the off-season (November 1 - April 15), so you must carry in and out all of your supplies. RV's and motorized vehicles are not allowed inside the parks. Parking is available outside the gates. Water supply and restrooms are closed in the off-season so please plan accordingly.
Did you know that you can camp year-round at these amazing parks? Have you ever gone on an off-season camping trip? Share your stories and photos in the comments section below or in our
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