Vermont September 26, 2017
The 9 Secret Parks Of Vermont You’ve Never Heard Of But Need To Visit
OK, while these are state parks and not exactly secret, they are not as well known as some of the more popular parks in Vermont. If you’re looking for a quiet respite with great views, hikes and water activity, these secret parks in VT are worth the trip. Whether you live in the area or a few hundred miles away, these are some of Vermont’s wonderful hidden gems.
1. Big Deer State Park, Groton
Big Deer State Park is located in the Groton State Forest Recreation Area. Heavily wooded and quite peaceful, this is a great place to camp if you want to get away from it all.
2. Brighton State Park, Brighton
Locals enjoy this wonderful Park with its two sandy beaches all summer. If you don't live nearby and visit this park often, you don't know what you're missing!
3. D.A.R. State Park, Addison
A hidden gem for photobugs, cyclists, and bird peeprers alike. This is doubly true in late September through late October when Nature shows her full pallet. Enjoy!
4. Lowell Lake State Park, Londonderry
You'll love the Lowell Lake Trail which is a 3.5 mile loop which goes around the lake. Along the way you'll also find a Revolutionary War era cemetery, an interesting find for history buffs!
5. Taconic Mountains Ramble State Park, Hubbardton
This is one of Vermont's newest state parks and the Japanese garden here really sets it apart.
6. Green River Reservoir, Hyde Park
Because only a limited capacity are allowed at one time, this gorgeous and undeveloped park is spectacular.
7. New Discovery State Park, Marchfield
This park is one of seven in the Groton State Forest. Check out the shelter at the top of Owl's Head which was built by the CCC! Amazing.
8. Hazen's Notch State Park, Westfield
The Long Trail passes through areas of this park and the views are particularly great in fall.
9. Sweet Pond State Park, Guilford
This undeveloped park is simply lovely. Take a hike on the 1.2 mile loop around the pond and admire the serenity of it all.