Vermont State Parks

The state of Vermont boasts some of the most beautiful state parks in the country. Whether you live here or are just visiting, there are many state parks that are worth a trip. You may go for just a day trip, or decide to camp out at one. The state parks in Vermont are certainly beautiful, so be sure to bring your camera when you go.

Ainsworth State Park

Ainsworth State Park is a park that you will find lots of activities to enjoy. There is something for everyone-from beautiful scenery to camping delights galore. The scenery starts with huge waterfalls at the eastern end of the park. A basalt monolith named St. Peter's Dome rises 2,000 feet over top of the Columbia River for an amazing site. Trails run all through the park, so hiking is definitely a must. For camping at Ainsworth, you will find 45 full-service campsites and four walk-in tent sites.

Wilgus State Park

For a great camping experience in Vermont, visit to Wilgus State Park, a beautiful park located along the Connecticut River bank. You will enjoy the use of the river and many find the hike along the Pinnacle Trail beautiful, as it provides a scenic view of the River Valley. There are many activities for the kids, including a play area and numerous picnic areas. For the whole family, there is canoeing, kayaking, and rowing to enjoy on the river. At night, you can relax in the 19 tent sites or choose one of the six lean-to sites. Build a campfire and break out the s'mores, and reminisce about your day at the park.

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge State Park

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge State Park is 6,642 acres of refuge that are home to thousands of animals. These include migratory songbirds, resident mammals, and other wildlife. This park also offers a great area for birds and waterfowl to come and rest, feed and breed in a safe and beautiful environment. The largest colony of great blue heron rookery is also protected here. The park also offers a quiet landscape and beautiful scenery, including wetlands and forests full of American elms, white oaks, red maples, and many more majestic trees. The park is open daily from dawn until dusk.

Ascutney State Park

Ascutney State Park sits on close to 2,000 acres. A camper's delight, the park offers 39 different wooded tent and trailer sites, as well as 10 lean-to sites, all in two camp loops. You will enjoy the amenities of a hot shower and modern plumbing restrooms while you camp, as well as a couple of different picnic areas and shelters. For hiking, climb the summit road and trail which offers a fantastic view, and leads you to the original fire tower which offers even better viewing of the park and surrounding areas in all directions. For hang gliding enthusiasts, Brownsville Rock is the place to launch, or to just climb up to enjoy another terrific view.