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.
5.Vermont Mountains: Glastenbury Mountain
8.Sterling Whiteface Mountain
10.Vermont Mountains: Haystack Mountain
17.Vermont Mountains: Black Mountain
19.Vermont Mountains: Ludlow/Okemo Mountain
20 Most Beautiful Mountains of Vermont
- Mount Mansfield, Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Champagne - Fotolia.com
- Belvidere Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of pmstephens - Fotolia.com
- Mount Hunger, Photo: Courtesy of Aliaksei Luskin - Fotolia.com
- Killington Peak, Photo: Courtesy of Bastos - Fotolia.com
- Vermont Mountains: Glastenbury Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of Kate Kalfaian - Fotolia.com
- Jay Peak, Photo: Courtesy of Don Landwehrle - Fotolia.com
- Mount Ascutney, Photo: Courtesy of Chee-Onn Leong - Fotolia.com
- Sterling Whiteface Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of robert cicchetti - Fotolia.com
- Pico Peak, Photo: Courtesy of josephsjacobs - Fotolia.com
- Vermont Mountains: Haystack Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of jovannig - Fotolia.com
- Big Jay, Photo: Courtesy of katy_89 - Fotolia.com
- South Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of Chee-Onn Leong - Fotolia.com
- Mount Philo, Photo: Courtesy of vermontalm - Fotolia.com
- Mount Equinox, Photo: Courtesy of swambolt - Fotolia.com
- Antone Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of Bastos - Fotolia.com
- Mendon Peak, Photo: Courtesy of katy_89 - Fotolia.com
- Vermont Mountains: Black Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of Chee-Onn Leong - Fotolia.com
- Bromley Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of Bastos - Fotolia.com
- Vermont Mountains: Ludlow/Okemo Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of connorwdavis - Fotolia.com
- Mount Elmore, Photo: Courtesy of kanonsky - Fotolia.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of kanonsky - Fotolia.com
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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