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Venture Through These Central Vermont Parks
With a blend of open pastures, wooded forest areas, and plenty of shoreline from which to fish, the state parks in central Vermont offer you and the family a wealth of outdoor fun.
Bomoseen State Park
Plan your next trip through Vermont and check out the Bomoseen State Park, a top destination on the western half of the state. Drive in from either Waterbury or Rutland and check out more than 3,500 acres of pristine natural land at Bomoseen State Park. Just one of the many sterling aspects of the Taconic Mountains, you'll find a wealth of outdoor adventure at Bomoseen.
Explore Bomoseen State Park and check out all there is to see. From the hiking, to picnic areas, to the playground where the kids will have a blast, you'll never be without an adventure at Bomoseen.
Lake St. Catherine yields a bounty of fishing opportunities, while Lake Bomoseen is a great choice for boating and swimming. Bomoseen State Park is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and pets, sadly, are not permitted.
Branbury State Park
Any time between Memorial Day and Columbus Day you'll be able to check out the fun at Branbury State Park. A top summer destination in Vermont, Branbury State Park is found in Brandon, just north of Rutland. It's along the eastern shoreline of Lake Dunmore and is part of the Green Mountain National Forest.
With 69 acres to explore at Branbury State Park, you and the family will no doubt find adventure. Take the boat out onto Lake Dunmore, rent a canoe, pedal boat, or kayak, or enjoy the nature center and its interpretive programs.
Camp Plymouth State Park
As you draw out your plans for another visit to Vermont, be sure to add Camp Plymouth State Park as a place to see. Open from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, Camp Plymouth State Park is 295 acres of beautiful Vermont parkland.
As you explore Camp Plymouth State Park, be sure to enjoy the fruits of Echo Lake. From the designated swimming areas, to boating and fishing, Echo Lake is a great way to spend a summer afternoon at Camp Plymouth State Park. Sadly, no pets are allowed at Camp Plymouth State Park, but there are a wealth of excellent hiking trails.
Coolidge State Park
Enjoy a glimpse of history and nostalgia when you visit Coolidge State Park in Vermont. What some might consider to be a relic, Coolidge State Park is, virtually, untouched from it's original construction in the 1930s. With sterling views of the rolling hillsides near Ludlow, Coolidge State Park is top destination for those seeking outdoor recreation.
Open from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, Coolidge State Park is one of the highlights of the 21,500-acre Calvin Coolidge State Forest. Take in the majestic views, enjoy a pleasant picnic, hike any of the nearby trails, or spot your favorite birds in the local foliage.
Gifford Woods State Park
Head for greener pastures in Vermont with a trip to Gifford Woods State Park. A top destination in Killington, Gifford Woods State Park is well known for its many hiking trails, tree-lined horizons, and is pet friendly – feel free to bring all members of the family. Drive to Gifford Woods State Park from nearby Rutland.
Gifford Woods State Park was a project of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and was initially opened in 1934. At 285 acres, Gifford Woods State Park has plenty of room to accommodate visitors from all over. You'll be able to access the park starting on May 16 of each year, and it closes for winter on October 19.
Half Moon State Park
Located in central Vermont, Half Moon State Park is a quaint getaway for outdoor enthusiasts, or simply vacationers looking to experience the beautiful Vermont scenery. Visitors will relish in the variety of outdoor recreation along the shores of Half Moon Pond.
Explore the park using the hiking trail that surrounds not only the park, but the pond as well. With a beach area and car top boat launch, aquatic adventurers can take to the waters and fish for largemouth bass, rainbow trout, and yellow perch. The park also features a horseshoe pit, volleyball, and playground area making it ideal for the entire family.
Lake St. Catherine State Park
Lake St. Catherine State Park was originally opened in 1953 as a small picnic area. Since, it’s become 117 acres of outdoor family-fun along Lake St. Catherine. Enjoy hiking trails, picnicking, and swimming on the two sandy beaches.
Of course, because of the lakeside vicinity, boating and fishing are popular activities among park goers. No boat, no problem – boats are available for rent through park services. Moreover, kids will love the play area and concessions as well.
Plan an outdoor adventure in Vermont. Mount Ascutney State Park consists of approximately 2,000 acres of central Vermont scenery, just east of Rutland. Given its namesake, Mount Ascutney is the park’s primary attraction; enticing visitors from all over the country to traverse the summit road and hiking trail over 3,000 feet to the mountaintop.
Of course, visitors who scale the summit will be treated to an outstanding view from numerous points along the summit road as well as from the actual summit. Explore over 12 miles of hiking trails, with picnic areas at the base of the mountain, and be sure to visit the look out tower near Brownsville Rock.
Quechee State Park
Visit Quechee State Park, the staging area for a journey to Quechee Gorge – Vermont’s deepest gorge. The gorge reaches depths of 165 feet, formed by approximately 13,000 years of glacial activity.
The park is located near Rutland, where guests can enjoy hiking and fishing on nearby Dewey’s Pond, as well as picnicking, horseshoes, and volleyball. The gorge, the park’s focal point, can only be found along the park's hiking trail.
Silver Lake State Park
Located east of Rutland, Silver Lake State Park is an aquatic recreational haven for Vermont Travelers. Given its namesake, the park is set along the shores of Silver Lake in central Vermont. Visitors are sure to enjoy the scenic shorelines, brimming with activities.
The 84-acre lake is the centerpiece of the park, but guests are sure to enjoy the outdoor activity on land: picnicking, playground, and more. For adventurers looking for more close-up action, rent a boat and enjoy swimming and fishing on the lake.
Thetford Hill State Park
Located just east of Rutland, Thetford Hill is set among the southern tract of a Vermont state forest, offering a variety of outdoor recreation to all comers. The park was constructed in 1931 by the Civilian Conversation Corps, and houses many pastures and farmlands within the woodlands.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the scenery via the five-kilometer Woods Hill Trail, crisscrossing the parkland, ideal for hiking and cross-country running. The park has been known to host New England running championships, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing events. The park also houses a picnic area available in the summer.
Wilgus State Park
Located along the Connecticut River, Wilgus State Park has been a scenic part of Vermont’s state parks system since 1933. The park has since gone through multiple expansions and now is a very popular destination for kayak and canoe enthusiasts.
The park can be found just east of Ludlow in central Vermont. Enjoy the scenic picnic shelter located along the river shoreline and traverse the Pinnacle Trail – a one-mile foot trail cutting through the park, ideal for wildlife viewing.