Enjoy Vermont's State Parks

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There are so many ways to enjoy the summer in Vermont. With the onset of warmer weather, you’re probably thinking about hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, and biking with friends or family. If you are looking for something to do outdoors, Vermont’s state parks can offer something special to almost everyone.

The Green Mountain State provides its residents and visitors with spectacular waterfalls, mountaintop views, and luscious forests. For hikers, the Parks Department picks Mt. Ascutney, Gifford Woods, Underhill, Smugglers Notch, and Branbury state parks as its favorites.

If its paddling that you’re interested in, you should check out Waterbury Center, Camp Plymouth, Burton Island, Lake Carmi, or Wilgus state parks.

Other amenities that you can find among the parks are cabins, picnic pavilions, boats, kayaks, and camping sites. You can check which parks have these features by visiting this map.

There are day activity fees at many state parks and season passes are available. Remember, if you’re 62 or older, you can visit your town clerk’s office and pay $2 for a lifetime individual pass. Check out these and other ways you can purchase a park pass.

The state’s park service also offers a smartphone app for those of you who are always on the move (iPhone app; Android app). The app can help you look for parks in your area as well as select a park to visit based on the activity you choose.

Visit the Vermont State Parks site to find out more about any of the park locations: