Vermont August 12, 2018
Few People Know The Tragic History Behind This Popular State Park In Vermont
Little River State Park is undoubtedly one of Vermont’s most popular spots for outdoor recreation. This park is also hiding the secret of a tragic past that involves the making of a ghost town that lies within the woods. Let’s turn back the clock to start our journey through this abandoned farming community that has become a thriving park.
Long ago in the early 1800s, early settlers cleared the land in Riker Basin and along Cotton Brook. Around 50 families created a strong farming community that thrived for a little while...
Many abandoned the village simply because the soil was not good for farming and by the end of the 1800s only a few families remained. A huge flood in 1934 washed through the community forcing residents to seek refuge on their rooftops. Almost 50 people lost their lives in that disaster and Ricker Basin became a ghost town.
What remains of the village today is just a shadow of its former self. Stone foundations and walls are being slowly reclaimed by nature. Almeron Goodell’s farmhouse still remains but is deteriorating fast.
View the stone walls that lined the community. Relics from times past are often found and local hikers traditionally place these items against the walls or nearby trees for future visitors to view.
You'll also encounter the village cemetery that holds a handful of graves from past residents of the town.
Little River State Park isn't simply a place to explore the remnants of old. Enjoy scenic hiking and biking trails through the forest.
During the summertime, relax on the swimming beach or take a plunge to get refreshed. There are also ball fields, play areas, and a boat launch.
There are boat rentals available so you can spend a picture perfect day out on the reservoir.
Little River State Park is certainly beautiful and it's history and reservoir are a huge draw. But the camping is top-notch with 81 tent/RV sites, 20 lean-tos and five cabins. For the total experience at this amazing park, spend the night and stay awhile.
Make plans to visit this gem of a state park. Explore the history and take advantage of the modern day amenities for a fantastic day trip or weekend getaway.
Visit Little River State Park at 3444 Little River Rd., Waterbury, VT 05676. For more information visit the
Vermont State Parks website
. You can download a park and trail map
Have you ever gone exploring at Little River State Park? Share your experiences and photos in the comments section below. For another spot that’s loaded with nature and history, check out this
state park that goes back to the Revolutionary War era.