9 Lesser-Known State Parks In Vermont That Will Absolutely Amaze You
Each Vermont state park is unique, and each one is a wonderful place to spend the day (or night) with friends and family. While some parks are more popular than others, we thought we’d visit some of our favorites that don’t seem as well known to most people. Let’s share our love for them and check out these lesser-known state parks in Vermont. Which is your favorite?
These lesser-known state parks in Vermont are truly incredible and definitely worth a visit or two. For another of our favorite spots, don’t miss this Vermont park with a gorgeous emerald lake.
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State Parks to Visit in Vermont
What are some of the best state parks in Vermont?
Vermont might be a pretty small state, but it’s big on state parks. In fact, this beautiful place is home to 55 state parks and recreation areas, and each seems to be more amazing than the last. Each one is worth a visit, but there are some that tend to stick out above the rest in terms of sheer awesomeness. Some of the most popular state parks in Vermont, which one could logically argue are the “best” ones as chosen by visitors themselves, inlcide Half Moon Pond State Park, which is located in Fair Haven. In this amazing little park you’ll find some of the best hiking trails in the state, amazing fishing opportunities, and excellent lakeside views of Half Moon Pond. Then, there’s Mount Philo State Park, which is also home to amazing views and is incredibly lush and green. You’ll love the views of Lake Champlain! Folks also love Elmore State Park, home to Lake Elmore (we’re beginning to sense a pattern here), and Grand Isle State Park, which is also located nearby Lake Champlain and is filled with awesome views. One of Vermont’s state forests, Groton State Forest, has seven start parks alone!
What are the best hiking trails in Vermont?
Vermont is home to more than 780 amazing trails, all of which vary in length, difficulty, and features. It’s tough to decide which ones are the best, considering there are so many and the vast majority of them are wonderful. Take, for example, Camel’s Hump trail, which is found within Camel’s Hump State Park and is six challenging miles of hiking up the third-highest peak in the whole state. The views from the top are amazing! We also love Lye Brook Falls Trail, in Green Mountain National Forest, which is a moderate 4.4-mile hike through lush, green, scenic forestland. Mt. Mansfield Loop Trail, located inside Underhill State Park, is a hike up the highest mountain in all of Vermont. It’s 7.3 miles in length and takes you up above the treeline! Finally, we love Sterling Pond Trail, located in Smugglers’ Notch State Park. That one is shorter than the others mentioned here, at just 2.3 miles long. It’s idyllic, quiet, and perfect for your inner landscape lover.