There's no denying that Vermont, called the Green Mountain State, is one of the most blessed states in the country when it comes to natural beauty. After all, with lush green forests, huge expanses of crystal blue lakes, and spectacular mountains, the state certainly has an ethereal feel to it that brings out the little child in all of us. With mountains in particular, there is a sense of wonder and mystique that draws thousands upon thousands of nature lovers to the state. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Mount Mansfield

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Aside from being the highest mountain in the state of Vermont, Mount Mansfield is also undoubtedly the most popular. It is located in Chittenden County and is named after a unique feature of the mountain: It resembles the profile of a human face when viewed from the east. Nearly 40,000 visitors hike Mount Mansfield per year, eager to stop by the four highlight features of the mountain, which are aptly named Forehead, Nose, Chin, and Adam’s Apple. Another unique find at Mount Mansfield is the nearly 200 acres of Arctic tundra. If you’re eager to hike this mountain, do everyone a favor and stick to the routes and avoid treading into the vegetation to preserve the already fragile ecosystem of the area.

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2.Belvidere Mountain

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Standing at 1,024 meters tall, the Belvidere Mountain is one of Vermont’s Green Mountains. It is located in the northern portion of the mountain cluster and is situated in Orleans County. Although it’s one of the less frequented mountains, Belvidere exudes an understated beauty that will surely captivate all who visit it. The best way to explore the mountain is by hiking the 270-mile Long Trail, which can be reached via the Forester’s Trail near the Asbestos Mines. At the summit, hikers can visit the Fire Tower and enjoy a glorious view of the nearby Green Mountains, the Cold Hollow Mountains, and even neighboring Canadian mountains.

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3.Mount Hunger

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If you’re ready to challenge yourself with a mid-level hike, Mount Hunger in the Stowe area is a beautiful mountain to start with. Part of the Worcester Range of Vermont, a hike up the 1,079-meter-tall mountain delivers amazing views of Mount Mansfield’s Camels Hump, the Green Mountains and, on a nice clear day, even the Presidential Mountains. While most of the climb is a solid challenge, there is a respite near the peak of the mountain, where the climb gets almost leisurely before coming to a stop at the open summit. Some trails to explore include the Waterbury Trail on the west side and the Middlesex Trail on the east wide. Fun fact? When the Von Trapp family moved to the USA after leaving Austria, they chose this area as their new home.

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4.Killington Peak

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As the second tallest mountain in Vermont and the highest peak amongst the mountains in the Coolidge Range, the views from Killington Peak are nothing short of impressive. In fact, it’s the spectacular vistas and breathtaking sights from the Killington that make it one of the most popular mountains to visit in the state. Enjoy a view of the Adirondacks and the rest of the Green Mountains as you hike all 1,293 meters of Killington Peak. You’ll even catch a view of the White Mountains and the peaks of mountains in New England as you go. Aside from the magnificent sites, Killington Peak is also a fantastic place for skiing when the winter months roll in.

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5.Vermont Mountains: Glastenbury Mountain

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No matter what time of the year, there’s always great fun and lovely sights to behold at the Glastenbury Mountain. Standing at 1,142 meters tall, the mountain features a magical wooded peak and has gentle slopes for novice climbers. The best trail to set off on to explore the Glastenbury Mountain is the famous Long Trail of Vermont. Additionally, the mountain is accessible by a small portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, making it a great transit point for visiting explorers. As the ninth highest summit of the state, a hike at this mountain can provide nature lovers with heart-stopping views of mountain formations like the Tactonics, the Berkshires, and the Adirondacks.

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6.Jay Peak

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Home to one of the top ski resorts in Vermont, Jay Peak is one of the best spots in the state to hike during the spring and summer and also a great place to hit the slopes in the fall and winter seasons. Jay Peak is notable for being the last significant peak to reach before hitting the Canadian border. Given this, many long-distance hikers love to make this their final milestone when taking on epic hikes in Vermont. The heavily forested mountain provides visitors with an impressive hike and a relatively low tree line. In fact, the only un-forested parts of Jay Peak are those lined with ski routes. Whether you’re there to ski or hike, you’re in for a fantastic time.

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7.Mount Ascutney

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Located in Ascutney State Park, Mount Ascutney is a remarkable sight to behold. Unique in character and in history, this mountain is actually a volcanic plug of an extinct and much taller former volcano that stands out proudly from the Connecticut River Valley. Simply said, it dwarfs practically every summit within its vicinity as one of the highest peaks in Windsor County. A hike up Mount Ascutney will take visitors through roughly 9 miles of rolling hills, sweeping views of the surrounding vistas, cliffs, slides, and multiple ridgelines, not to mention a 2,500-foot uphill gain. The area is also well known for being a popular hang gliding site.

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8.Sterling Whiteface Mountain

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Although Sterling Whiteface Mountain isn’t particularly known for the views it offers, there’s still quite some views to behold at this steep and heavily wooded mountain in Vermont’s northern region. The great thing about this mountain is that it receives much less visitors, so if you’re looking for peace, solitude, and as little foot traffic as possible, then Sterling Whiteface is the place to hike. The Long Trail is by far the best way to traverse the slopes and hills of the mountain. Although the woods here are quite dense and make camping difficult, there are three shelters that hikers can visit to spend a night under the alluring tree line of the mountain. The White Face Shelter is just half a mile from the summit, with the Beaver Meadow Lodge coming up next at 1 mile south of the summit on the Whiteface Trail. Last is the Bear Hollow Shelter, which is 3.1 miles north of the summit.

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9.Pico Peak

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Standing at 1,206 meters tall, Pico Peak is the sixth highest peak in Vermont. Additionally, Pico Peak is the northernmost summit of the Coolidge Range and makes the list of New England’s 100 highest mountains at number 71. Although the peak is quite popular for hikers, especially in October, what really draws the crowds to Pico Peak is the skiing. There is a deep skiing history here as well, as the first T-bar lift of the country was installed here and double gold medal winner Andrea Mead-Lawrence practically calls these slopes home. The 1,967-foot vertical drop is one of the longest in the state. Couple this with 57 ski trails and you’ve got yourself a skier’s paradise.

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10.Vermont Mountains: Haystack Mountain

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Located in Vermont’s Windham County, Haystack Mountain is a 1,043-meter-tall mountain at the south end of Deerfield Ridge. Unique and eye-catching, the mountain’s pointed and cone-like peak stands out amongst the flat ridges and the hills around the area. Not only can visitors see the lovely rolling hills of Massachusetts and New Hampshire while climbing the Haystack, they’ll also get great views of Mount Snow, Killington Peak, and the Glastenbury Mountain. What’s great about Haystack Mountain is that its beginner friendly. The short and generally easy hike is about 2.5 miles long with a gentle elevation gain of 1,000 feet.

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11.Big Jay

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As the author David Goodman once said, “If steep and deep defines your winter passion, Big Jay will not disappoint.” This popular mountain is part of the state’s Jay Range and is the second highest peak of the range’s five mountains. It’s also the 13th highest peak in Vermont. There is no trail leading to the peak of the mountain, and yet there’s still a considerable amount of foot traffic hitting Big Jay. However, the Big Jay truly comes alive in the winter, when the steep and unmarred face of the mountain’s eastern side gets buried under a pearly white layer of snow. Truly, this mountain is one of the best spots for backcountry skiing in America’s northeast.

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12.South Mountain

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A majestic mountain in the Bristol Cliffs Wilderness, South Mountain is a 2,325-foot-tall trail-less wilderness that is sure to captivate all of your senses. While the mountain is primarily covered with northern hardwoods, there is a small and beautiful concentration of red spruce and hemlock. A visit to the mountain also means a lovely stop by the Gilmore and North ponds. South Mountain is also home to a very steep cliff, which doesn’t make a great spot for mountain climbing but turns into an incredible wall to climb when winter sets along with the ice. In terms of camping, there are no set shelters or grounds, but hikers are welcome to pitch tents for a night under the stars.

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13.Mount Philo

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Small but stunning, Mount Philo is a 968-foot-tall mountain in Charlotte’s Chittenden County. A relatively easy hike, there is a single trail on the mountain that leads hikers to Philo’s summit. While a road does exist for those who want to drive to the peak instead, there are tons of awe-inspiring sights along the way that make the hike worth it. Climbing up the western facing side of the mountain, for example, allows climbers to enjoy a view of Lake Champlain Valley. Across the lake sits the vast and majestic Adirondack Range, while reaching the summit of Mount Philo is also the best spot to take in the green beauty of the surrounding state park.

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14.Mount Equinox

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Arguably the principle peak of Vermont, Mount Equinox is the highest mountain of the Taconic Range at 3,840 feet. It’s incredible height and topographic distinction has landed the mountain on lists like “New England’s Fifty Finest Peaks” and “New England’s Most Prominent Peaks.” With its place on lists like these, travelers who are eager to take on Mount Equinox have a tough hike ahead, care of an astonishingly steep trail to the summit. Of course, those who aren’t ready to take on a hike this tough can choose to drive up to the summit instead. Once at the summit, reward yourself with a gorgeous view that includes the Valley of Vermont, the Adirondacks, the Green Mountains, and the Taconic Range.

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15.Antone Mountain

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At 2,600-feet-tall, the Antone Mountain peak is the tallest one in the entire Merck Forest and Farmland Center of southern Vermont. The land on which the mountain is located is actually a non-profit environmental education organization, so visitors can knock themselves out from dawn to dusk at no cost. Climbing and hiking is, of course, the main draw of Antone Mountain, but in the winter snowshoeing is equally fun and the cross-country skiing is fantastic as well. Have we mentioned the glorious views you can enjoy at the summit of Antone Mountain? A viewing ledge at the top of the mountain offers great views of other mountains in southern Vermont and grassy farmlands.

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16.Mendon Peak

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Intersected by a few well-known trails, Mendon Peak is the tenth highest summit in Vermont with a total height of 3,840 feet. Although it’s not as well known as its neighbor, Killington Peak, Mendon Peak’s trail-less slopes still receive quite a bit of foot traffic. It’s the beauty and the challenge of the trail that keeps bringing visitors old and new to the foot of Mendon Peak. The best way to explore the mountain is from the Bucklin Trail trailhead. The trail starts on an old logging road that is no longer being maintained, before veering into a thick bushwhack-filled climb. Mendon Peak is also a great place to start for people who are trying to log multiple peaks on the Long Trail.

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17.Vermont Mountains: Black Mountain

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If you’ve only got a few climbs under your belt or are looking for the best mountain for your first climb ever, then Black Mountain is the perfect mountain to head to. This 1,280-foot mountain is an easy hike with a slow and gradual trail. The trail to the peak itself is only 1.5 miles long and stays relatively gentle when it comes to the mountainside’s elevation gain. After the easy trek to the summit, you can take in a fantastic view of the West River, which essentially serves as the border between New Hampshire and the southeastern region of Vermont.

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18.Bromley Mountain

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Part of the famed Green Mountains of Vermont, Bromley Mountain is a beautiful and peaceful mountain to explore with the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail passing over the mountain’s summit. While at the summit of Bromley, make sure to stop by the observation tower to take in some mind-blowing views of Southern Vermont. Apart from hiking, Bromley is a great place for skiing with an adrenaline-pumping slope on the southeast face of the mountain. Snowmobiling is another popular past time at the mountain, while many people love traversing the scenic vista spur trail, which stretches 2.5 miles.

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19.Vermont Mountains: Ludlow/Okemo Mountain

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Officially known as Ludlow Mountain, this 3,343-foot mountain is better known as Okemo Mountain due to the widely popular ski resort that is situated on the eastern slope of the mountain. Ludlow is one of the Green Mountains of Vermont and provides hiking enthusiasts with an enjoyable climb to a steel fire tower at the summit. Perhaps the best way to explore the mountain and the surrounding Okemo State Forest is by the Healdville hiking trail, which truly flourishes with beauty in the spring and autumn season. It goes without saying that skiing is the main draw of the mountain once the winter season settles in.

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20.Mount Elmore

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While most people shudder at the thought of hiking in the winter, literally and figuratively, there’s no denying that Mount Elmore makes for an absolutely beautiful and breathtaking hike when the snow starts to fall. Though an early morning hike will certainly require the use of snowshoes, the trail is actually quite popular, so the need for clunky snowshoes on a mid-day hike is highly unlikely. Nature lovers taking on this trail can expect an easy climb with a gentle elevation gain with the exception of a short steep climb near the top of the summit. The Elmore Mountain Trail will lead visitors straight to the summit, where they can give the fire tower a climb to soak up the exceptional image of snow-capped mountain ranges.

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20 Most Beautiful Mountains of Vermont

Unique Camping Spots in Vermont

Part of the New England region, Vermont is famous for its breathtaking natural landscapes, much of which is made up of dense forests. The northeastern US state is also home to thousands of acres of mountain terrain crossed by hiking trails and skiing slopes, over 100 beautifully maintained and preserved 19th-century covered wooden bridges and is a major producer of maple syrup. Soak up this spectacular natural beauty by hitting the road and staying at one of the many campgrounds throughout the state, which offer modern amenities and a variety of activities for the whole family.

Abel Mountain Campground

Nestled along the banks of the White River in a quiet secluded haven near Braintree in Vermont, Abel Mountain Campground is a tranquil spot with 131 spacious, grassy sites, 117 of which have electricity, cable TV, water, sewerage hookups, and 14 with just electricity, cable TV, and water. All sites have picnic tables and large fire rings and are surrounded by shady trees and the soothing sounds of the river flowing past. The campground has modern restrooms with hot showers, flushing toilets, and a dump station, and activities in and around the campsites include hiking on over 270 acres of trails, bingo evenings, horseshoes, fishing in the river, canoeing, and relaxing next to the campfire with s’ mores.

354 Mobile Acres Rd, Braintree, VT 05060, United States, Phone: +1 802-728-5548,

Branbury State Park

Based on the eastern shore of Lake Dunmore at the foot of Mt. Moosala, Branbury State Park is a 69-acre park that incorporates the towns of Salisbury and Leicester and is divided by Vermont Route 53. The park has a storied history, operating as a farm at the turn of the century, followed by a guest house, a boy's summer camp, and a private beach and picnic area before becoming a state park in 1945. The park is home to a 1000-foot natural sandy beach lapped by the clear waters of Lake Dunmore, which offers swimming, fishing, boating, and canoeing. Large open grassy areas are ideal for sunbathing and picnicking, and a campground features 19 tent and RV sites and seven lean-to sites next to a shady wooded area, along with restrooms boasting flush toilets, hot and cold running water and coin-operated hot showers. Recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, and boating on Lake Dunmore with canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and pedal boats.

3570 Lake Dunmore Rd, Brandon, VT 05733, United States, Phone: +1 802-247-5925

Brighton State Park

Located on the shores of the 102-acre Spectacle Pond Located Brighton State Park is a lovely park that features a campground surrounded by spectacular views of forested mountain slopes, clear lakes, and swift streams. Overlooking the tranquil waters of the lake, the campsite has 54 tent and RV sites without hookups, 23 lean-to cabins, and five rustic overnight cabins, as well as three restrooms with flushing toilets, hot and cold running water, coin-operated hot showers, and a sanitary dump station. Activities in the area include boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming in the lake, along with hiking, mountain biking, beach games, visiting a nature museum, and enjoying shows at a garage theater.

102 State Park Rd, Island Pond, VT 05846, United States, Phone: +1 802-723-4360

Burton Island State Park

Burton Island State Park is a 253-acre island park located off the southwestern tip of St. Albans Point in Lake Champlain’s 'Inland Sea.' Accessible only by boat, Burton Island is reached on a short ferry trip on the state’s passenger ferry Kamp Kill Kare State Park, which operates several times a day, year-round. The park features a campground with 14 tent sites, 26 lean-to sites, four remote tent sites, and three overnight cabins, restrooms with flushing toilets, running water and coin-operated showers, and a camp store that sells camping goods, beer, wine, and ice. There is also a small café serving breakfast and lunch with cold salads and other to-go items, a nature center and museum, and a 100-slip marina with dockside electricity and wireless Internet access.

2714 Hathaway Point Rd, St Albans Bay, VT 05481, United States, Phone: +1 802-524-6353,

Camp Plymouth State Park

Camp Plymouth State Park is a 295-acre state park nestled on the shores of the 96-acre Echo Lake in Ludlow that offers a variety of outdoor and recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, swimming, and camping. The park features a large group camping area on the south side of Buffalo Brook with numerous tent and RV sites (without hookups), six lean-tos, and pit toilets. A grassy area of picnics and games, a lovely sandy beach and play area, concessions and boat rentals can be found on the north side of the brook, and there are four fully furnished cottages near the water that sleeps up to six people available to rent.

2008 Scout Camp Rd, Ludlow, VT 05149, United States, Phone: +1 802-228-2025

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Camping on the Battenkill

Camping on the Battenkill is a quiet family campground just north of the town of Arlington on Historic Route 7A that is famous for being situated on one of the best trout streams in the East. The 35-acre campground features a variety of campsites ranging from generously spaced graveled sites for tents and RVs, including RV sites with water and electric or water, electric and sewer hook-ups, and basic tent sites with no hook-ups. Some are nestled in amongst hardwood trees, others in a partially wooded area, and 18 sites are ideally located an open field and playground area for families and centrally situated comfort stations feature flush toilets, sinks, and hot showers. Activities include swimming at the natural swimming hole in the Battenkill, fishing for trout, hiking, mountain biking, tubing, canoeing, and ball games.

48 Camping on the Battenkill #8565, Arlington, VT 05250, United States, Phone: +1 802-375-6663

Coolidge State Park

Coolidge State Park is renowned for its rustic feel and charming ambiance, which is still the same as it was when it opened in the 1930s. Located in Plymouth, the park is named after the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, who was born, raised, and eventually buried in Plymouth and is the centerpiece of the 21,500-acre Calvin Coolidge State Forest. The park features hillside campsites with spectacular mountain views, including an entire loop of lean-to campsites that have sweeping views of the Black River valley and the Green Mountains. Other facilities include a group camping area, restrooms with flushing toilets, hot water, and coin-operated hot showers, and a charming hilltop picnic area with a log picnic shelter. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, and wildlife watching in this pristine wilderness.

855 Coolidge State Park Rd, Plymouth, VT 05056, United States, Phone: +1 802-672-3612

Emerald Lake State Park

Conveniently located between Manchester and Rutland in East Dorset, Emerald Lake State Park is a 430-acre state park and home of the magnificent 20-acre Emerald Lake, so-called for its startling emerald color. Nestled around the lake, the park offers an array of recreational activities, including swimming, fishing, non-motorized boating, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, and camping. Set in a heavily wooded ridge overlooking Emerald Lake, the campground has 66 campsites and 37 lean-tos, restroom with flushing toilets and coin-operated hot showers, and a dump station. The campground also has a small beach with safe swimming, boat rental facilities, a snack bar, and lovely hillside, and lakeside picnic areas with tables.

65 Emerald Lake Ln, East Dorset, VT 05253, United States, Phone: +1 802-362-1655

Gifford Woods State Park

Based at the foot of Pico Peak in Killington, Gifford Woods State Park is a lovely wooded park that offers camping, picnicking, fishing, and hiking on parts of the world-renowned Appalachian Trail. Established in 1931, Gifford Woods is home to one of the few old-growth hardwood tree stands left in the state, along with many colossal hemlocks, beech, sugar maple, yellow birch, and white ash trees, and is a popular destination during the fall foliage season for its dramatic autumn colors. The park has a campground with 21 tent and RV sites (without hookups), 19 lean-to sites, and four cabins set in two camping loops, each of which has a restroom with flush toilets, hot and cold running water and coin-operated hot showers. There is a sanitary station, a wooded picnic area with a playground, and firewood and ice are available for sale.

34 Gifford Woods Acc, Killington, VT 05751, United States, Phone: +1 802-775-5354

Grand Isle State Park

Resting on the barrier island of Grand Isle, also known as South Hero Island in Lake Champlain, Grand Isle State Park offers a real escape from the hustle of the big city. The 14-mile-long and three-mile-wide Grand Isle is the largest island in Lake Champlain and the only inhabited barrier island in the state and features the most-visited campground in the state park system. The campground features 115 tent and RV sites, 36 lean-to sites, and four cabin sites, restrooms with running water and coin-operated hot showers, and an RV sanitary station. All the sites have access to the 4,150 feet of beautiful Lake Champlain shoreline, where activities such as swimming, shore fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, beachcombing can be enjoyed.

108 Admiral Craik Dr, Grand Isle, LA 70358, United States, Phone: +1 985-787-2559

Green Mountain National Forest

Green Mountain National Forest is a national forest in southwestern and central Vermont with temperate broadleaf and mixed New England and Acadian forest ecosystems. The nearly 400,000-acre Green Mountain National Forest supports a broad diversity of wildlife, including black bear, beaver, coyote, white-tailed deer and moose and offers a wide variety of outdoor experiences from camping, hiking and mountain biking to wildlife watching, seasonal hunting, auto foliage tours and winter sports like skiing and snowboarding.

Rutland, VT 05701, United States, Phone: +1 802-747-6700

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Green River Reservoir State Park

Green River Reservoir State Park is a 2,227-hectare park on the shore of 653-acre Green River Reservoir in Hyde Park that provides excellent camping and paddling experiences in a remote setting. The park is wild and undeveloped, offering a real wilderness experience and features over 19 miles of shoreline to explore and enjoy. There are 27 remote campsites at various locations around the Reservoir, and primitive camping is allowed at designated campsites that only be reached by boat and human-powered watercraft such as canoes and kayaks. Activities in and around the park include hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, swimming, wildlife watching, and winter sports.

1393 Green River Dam Rd, Hyde Park, VT 05655, United States, Phone: +1 802-888-1349

Half Moon Pond State Park

Nestled within the 3,576-acre Bomoseen State Park, Half Moon Pond State Park, also known as Half Moon State Park, is a quiet wooded campground and park surrounding Half Moon Pond. Just a short drive from the town of Hubbardton, the park offers camping for all tastes, including waterfront campsites with lovely views, comfy lean-tos, and five furnished overnight cabins. For extra comfort and privacy, Tall Timbers Cottage boasts deluxe amenities and a private boat dock. The waterfront campground features 52 tent and RV sites, 11 lean-to sites, and five cabins, restrooms with flushing toilets, hot and cold running water and coin-operated showers, and an RV dump station. Activities in the area include hiking to High Pond and Bomoseen State Park, mountain biking, fishing, swimming and boating, and relaxing on one of two small, sandy beaches.

1621 Black Pond Rd, Fair Haven, VT 05743, United States, Phone: +1 802-273-2848

Kettle Pond State Park

One of seven state parks in the Groton State Forest, Kettle Pond State Park is set on the undeveloped shores of Kettle Pond near Marshfield two miles west of Groton. Boasting over 26,000 acres of hemlock, beech, white pine, spruce, maple, and birch trees, Groton State Forest offers a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy from camping and picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The primitive campground features 26 lean-tos, two composting toilets, and two double pit toilets; however, there is no potable water at this site. The park also features miles of hiking and multiple-use trails, and a secluded campers' beach.

4239 VT-232, Groton, VT 05046, United States, Phone: +1 802-426-3042

Knight Island State Park

Knight Island State Park is set on the 185-acre Knight Island, which is one of three neighboring island parks in Lake Champlain's "inland sea.” The park takes up the entire island, except for ten acres of private land on the southern tip of the island. Located two miles east of North Hero village, Knight Island is accessed by boat only and can be reached by private vessels or water taxis. Knight Island offers remote camping with seven campsites, six of which have rustic log lean-tos, composting outhouses, and no potable water supply. All supplies must be carried in and out, and fires are permitted in designated fire rings only.

North Hero, VT 05474, United States, Phone: +1 802-524-6353

Little River State Park

Surrounded by the Mount Mansfield State Forest, Little River State Park is a campground state park resting on the banks of the 850-acre Waterbury Reservoir in Waterbury that offers a variety of activities including boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife watching, picnicking, camping and winter sports. One of the most popular parks in central Vermont, Little River State Park, is home to central Vermont's largest and most popular campground with 81 tent and RV sites, 20 lean-tos, and five cabins. Facilities include restrooms with flushing toilets, hot and cold running water, and coin-operated hot showers, a sanitary dump station, swimming beaches, a boat launch, play areas, ball fields, and boat rentals for campers. There are also miles of hiking trails for campers and day-use visitors.

3444 Little River Rd, Waterbury, VT 05676, United States, Phone: +1 802-244-7103

Moose River Campground

Located in the heart of Vermont maple country, Moose River Campground is an adults-only campground in the Saint Johnsbury that offers spacious campsites along a curve of the Moose River with charming views. The pet-friendly campground features 48 spacious RV campsites, 45 of which have electricity, cable, water and sewerage hookups, three tent sites with water and electricity, and six pull-through sites for larger rigs. Facilities include restrooms with flushing toilets, hot and cold running water, and coin-operated hot showers, a sanitary dump station, laundry facilities, and complimentary wireless Internet at each site.

2870 Portland St, St Johnsbury, VT 05819, United States, Phone: +1 802-748-4334

New Discovery State Park Campground

New Discovery State Park is one of seven state parks located in Groton State Forest, Kettle Pond State Park is set on the undeveloped shores of Kettle Pond near Marshfield two miles west of Groton. Boasting over 26,000 acres of hemlock, beech, white pine, spruce, maple, and birch trees, Groton State Forest offers a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy from camping and picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The campground has 46 tent and RV sites and 15 lean-to sites, seven of which are designed to accommodate horse campers, as well as restrooms with flushing toilets, hot and cold running water, and coin-operated hot showers, and a sanitary dump station. Amenities and activities include a children’s play area, a picnic pavilion, horseshoe pits, a pond for fishing, and access to miles of hiking trails through the spectacular surrounding forest.

4239 VT RT 232, Marshfield, VT 05658, Phone: 802-426-3042

Ricker Pond State Park

Established in the 1930s and one of seven state parks located in Groton State Forest, Ricker Pond State Park is located on the western shores of Ricker Pond and next to the renowned Montpelier-Wells Rail Trail. Boasting over 26,000 acres of hemlock, beech, white pine, spruce, maple, and birch trees, Groton State Forest offers a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy from camping and picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The park has a campground with 26 tent and RV sites, 23 lean-tos, five rustic cabins and two self-catering cottages available to rent, restrooms with flushing toilets and coin-operated hot showers, and a sanitary dump station. Campers can relax on a sandy beach, and enjoy boating, swimming, fishing, and hiking in the area.

18 Ricker Pond Campground, Groton, VT 05046, United States, Phone: +1 802-584-3821

Underhill State Park

Underhill State Park is situated on the west slope of 4,300 feet Mount Mansfield in the heart of the Mount Mansfield State Forest in Underhill and offers a wealth of outdoor and recreational activities ranging from camping, picnicking, hiking and mountain biking to canoeing, boating, fishing and wildlife watching. The park is within close range of Brown’s River for fishing and the Stowe ski area for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding and is famous for being home to some incredible hiking trails, including four paths to the summit ridge of Mt. Mansfield. Two campgrounds on the upper and lower slopes of the mountain feature tent and lean-to sites and basic restrooms with flushing toilets and cold water.

352 Mountain Rd, Underhill, VT 05489, United States, Phone: +1 802-899-3022

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