With its verdant woods, tranquil meadows, and fascinating scenery, Vermont is the state for outdoor enthusiasts. Swimming, hiking, skiing, bicycling, camping, and various other exciting outdoor activities are popular among Vermont residents and tourists. Luckily, they can do all of these activities in the beautiful state and national parks. Moreover, these areas provide camping sites where visitors may park RVs and campers or pitch tents. Some attractions may be closed temporarily or require reservations in advance. From year to year, the hours and availability may change. These are the 10 best parks in Vermont.
10 Coolidge State Park, Plymouth
Coolidge State Park in Plymouth, Vermont, is named after the country's 30th president, who was born and is buried there, Calvin Coolidge. The beautiful park is the recreational hub for Vermont's biggest forest reserve, the Calvin Coolidge State Forest. Campers seeking to park their RV or pitch a tent are welcome on these splendid grounds. They can also hike and organize picnics. The marvelous park has two hiking paths that wind their unique ways through it.
9 Green Mountain National Forest, Rutland
Green Mountain National Forest is a stunning place to visit in Vermont. There are eight designated wilderness areas in the forest where people may get away from it all and enjoy long-distance hiking paths connecting public lands and local villages. There are more than 900 miles of astonishing trails, which may be used in summer and winter. Snow lovers can visit the six Nordic and three alpine commercial ski areas in the white winter.
8 Elmore State Park, Elmore
Elmore State Park has a lofty mountain and a gorgeous lake. A campsite with tent, RV, and lean-to sites, is available at this popular recreation location. To get the most out of the park, visitors can hike the paths that go to the marvelous summit of Elmore Mountain, go swimming on the amazing sandy beach, and hire a boat. They can also rent a beach house room, as well as an outside picnic pavilion. This park, like many others in Vermont, is open from June through October.
7 Smugglers' Notch State Park, Stowe
The 1,000-foot cliffs of Smugglers' Notch State Park are recognized for fascinating outdoor activities, including cave exploring, riding, ice climbing, and bouldering. When individuals continued to conduct illegal commerce with Canada through this location, the park was given its name.
The Long Trail, Sterling Pond Trail, and Hell Brook Trail are all popular treks today. There's a new astonishing campsite with 14 lean-to sites and 20 tent sites, as well as a nice toilet facility. People can visit this park from June to October.
6 Half Moon Pond State Park, Fair Haven
Half Moon Pond State Park is a peaceful place to camp. With tent, RV, and lean-to sites, as well as cabins, and one cottage, this is a lovely area to camp. Breathtaking sites at the water's edge and in the woods are available. Visitors can hike to the magnificent pond and the exceptional Bomoseen State Park from the park. Because motorized boats are not permitted on the pond, they can also enjoy canoeing, kayaking, or pedal boating. This park is open between June and October.
5 Mt. Philo State Park, Charlotte
Mt. Philo was established in 1924 and is the first state park in Vermont. Tourists can enjoy hiking, picnicking, and camping while witnessing mesmerizing landscapes of Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains. They may drive or trek to the mountain's peak to see white-tailed deer, moose, and migratory birds in the fall. Mt. Philo State Park is accessible for camping from June to October and for day usage until November 1st.
4 Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock
The National Park System's Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park reveals Vermont's astonishing pastures, covered bridges, mountains, and natural splendor. On foot or horseback, there are enchanting trails and carriage roads to explore. While tourists are in the park, they can book guided tours and should visit the Billings Farm & Museum. In addition to taking a lovely walk through the dazzling woods, the park hosts a variety of activities throughout the year, as well as hands-on workshops in working woodlands.
3 Mt. Ascutney State Park, Windsor
Mt. Ascutney State Park is another amazing state park worth seeing. There are nearly 12 miles of astonishing hiking paths to choose from, with four unique trailheads. Former quarries and homesteads may be seen along the paths to learn about the region's past. The paths also provide excellent views of the marvelous Connecticut River Valley. The park also organizes jogging, bicycle, and auto events, as well as it is a fantastic site to go hang gliding. This park opens its doors from June to October.
2 D.A.R. State Park, Vergennes
DAR State Park has 50 campsites with magnificent views of Upper Highland Lake and the adjacent wetlands. The fabulous park is ideal for nature enthusiasts who want to breathe fresh mountain air while also looking for wild animals. Guests who visit DAR State Park may see a black bear or two roaming the campsites. It is also home to moose and beaver. Hiking, nature paths, canoeing, swimming, fishing, and kayaking are just a few of the outdoor activities available in the park.
1 Quechee Gorge State Park, Hartford
Because of its deep valley carved by impressive glaciers thousands of years ago, Quechee Gorge State Park is one of Vermont's most picturesque state parks. Tourists may gaze down the incredible canyon to the splendid Ottauquechee River, 165 feet (50m) below them, and take in the bewitching scenery. This is a fantastic area to camp in between June and October. There are a variety of tent/RV and lean-to sites available.