Half Moon Pond State Park
Family-friendly camping and sightseeing
For getting a taste of the beautiful Vermont countryside, a camping trip to Half Moon Pond State Park in Fair Haven is in order. This state park sits around Half Moon Pond and makes for an entertaining time. You can go animal watching, take a delightful hike near the water or go fishing in the pond. To make the most of sunny summer days, you can sunbathe at any of the park’s available sunbathing spots.
1621 Black Pond Rd, Fair Haven, VT, USA, +1 802 273 2848
Mt. Philo State Park
Views of the lake and country
Mt. Philo State Park in Charlotte is home to the grassy, verdant scenery of Lake Champlain, making it a near-perfect sightseeing location. You can take a walk along the lake here or can go hiking on the beautiful hiking trails, walkways which include a hike up the mountainside offering a superb view of the lake and the surrounding countryside. The park has ten campsites and multiple picnic places, including an idyllic shelter on the mountaintop.
5425 Mount Vilo Rd., Charlotte, VT, USA, +1 888 409 7579
Camp Plymouth State Park
Boating and lake fishing
Perfect for boating and canoeing, Camp Plymouth State Park is located in the southern part of the state. It sits on the edge of Echo Lake, making it a favorite for both anglers and those who love swimming and paddling. The lake makes for a cool swim in the heat of the summer months and offers some stunning scenery too. For camping, there are many RV sites as well as a pretty picnic area.
2008 Scout Camp Rd., Ludlow, Vermont, USA, +1 802 228 2025
Kingsland Bay State Park
Lakeside park with great views
The Kingsland Bay State Park is located along the shores of Lake Champlain. The park has beautiful views of the lake, and offers some great water activities. There are canoes and kayaks for rent or you can bring your own. Take a leisurely swim here or recline on the grassy banks where you can watch the many birds grazing and swimming. Campsites and hiking trails afford a good weekend’s outing.
787 Kingsland Bay VT, USA, Ferrisburgh, VT, USA +1 802 877 3445
Elmore State Park
Lakeside shore picnics and camping
Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Elmore, the Elmore State Park is a scenic location for an afternoon picnic. The park has great camping sites available and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps runs a campfire program. To see the birdlife and wildlife in the park visitors can embark on a variety of hiking trails. One of these is the Fire Tower trail, a walkway which rises up to overlook the surrounding mountains and lakeside and offers spectacular vistas of the surrounding area.
856 VT Route 12. Lake Elmore, VT, USA, +1 802 888 2982
Stillwater State Park
One of Vermont’s favorite parks for families
Stillwater State Park is famous for its family programs. Located on the shores of Lake Groton, this park provides tent and lean-to camping. There are five other state parks around Lake Groton, so a visit to Stillwater State Park affords you a variety of experiences for one fee. For adventurous hiking and bike riding, you can explore the extensive trail network around the park.
Burton Island State Park
A paradise for paddlers
For an exquisite island experience, you’ll want to head over to Burton Island State Park at St. Alban’s Point, in the northern area of Lake Champlain. This region can only be reached by boat, canoe or ferry. For boaters, this place holds plenty of adventure as well as superb views of the marine life around the great lake. There are campsites for paddlers, along with useful amenities like hot showers, hiking trails, a bistro and a store.
1 Burton island, St Albans City, VT 05478 +1 802 524 6353
Grand Isle State Park
Waterside amusements and camping
Located on the largest island around Lake Champlain, Grand Isle State Park makes for an exciting camping and canoeing experience. The views of the lake are outstanding from the island, and the lake offers a spectrum of fun things to do including fishing, swimming, sailing and kayaking. The isle is particularly popular with families, and many come here for a sun-drenched vacation in the summer months.
Button Bay State Park
Biking trails around the Lake Champlain
Set along a 363-mile biking route around Lake Champlain, a sublime area which stretches into Canada, Button Bay State Park is famous for its biking activities. The trails around the park allow good family riding, and there is the opportunity for camping at the many campsites on the route. The scenery allows for a good view of the lake and delightful picnic jaunts. There are many popular historical sites and museums which are accessible via the biking trails as well.
5 Button Bay State Park Rd. Ferrisburgh, VT, USA +1 802 475 2377
Mt. Ascutney State Park
Mountainside hiking and sightseeing
Mt. Ascutney State Park offers a collection of trails that wind up and around the mountain. Four hiking trails surround the mountain and offer challenging but rewarding routes to the summit. Along the way, you’ll see some spectacular waterfalls, the largest being the Cascade Falls. Furthermore, there’s an old stone shelter. At the summit, an observation tower allows for some breathtaking views of the mountainside and countryside.
1826 Back Mountain Rd, Windsor, VT, USA +1 802 647 2060