Vermont

State Park Campground Guide

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As one of the least populated states in the US, Vermont is a natural paradise for visitors and for those who call it home. The Green Mountain State’s immense forests, mountains, pristine lakes, and extensive network of trails and waterways mean outstanding year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, like hiking, paddling, fishing, skiing—and of course, camping. While it may have a reputation for hardy backcountry and winter tent camping, Vermont is home to a wide array of camping experiences for families and all types of RVers. 

Vermont has close to 60 state parks, half of which provide campgrounds that can accommodate RVers. There is some truth to the state’s rugged reputation: The campgrounds are rustic, much more suited to smaller RVs, and have no hookups. However, the natural surroundings more than make up for the lack of amenities, and Vermont state parks have some of the best-loved campgrounds in the state. They’re known for being well maintained, spacious, having friendly and knowledgeable rangers, and highlighting some of the most stunning landscapes in New England.

In addition to RV and tent sites, most campgrounds have cabins, plus an accommodation that’s unique to Vermont state parks: the lean-to. These three-sided structures provide shelter from wind and rain, and can be used as a platform to pitch a tent or as a kitchen or gear area. 

 

 

Woodford State Park

Reservations

To make a reservation, visit vtstateparks-visit.com, or call 888-409-7579.

Reservations can be made from 11 months to 1 day in advance. Same-day reservations can be made only by calling the park. Unreserved sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Advance reservations require a 2-night minimum.

Campsite sizes

Unlike many state park reservation systems, Vermont does not offer searching for campsites by RV length.

Campsites are displayed as “Tent/RV” in the interactive campground map on each park’s website, and in the reservation system search results. Click on a campsite to see its length and whether it accommodates RVs.

This document lists the largest sites available at all campgrounds: vtstateparks.com/assets/pdf/rvsites.pdf

If your RV is more than 25 feet, it’s best to call the park directly for information about site sizes.

Accessibility

ADA-accessible sites are searchable and bookable online. These sites are designated for persons with a disability or otherwise limited physical mobility. They should not be booked by a party not requiring accessibility unless there is no other site available at the time of booking.

Hookups

There are no hookups at Vermont state park campgrounds. All parks have potable water, and many parks have dump stations.

Connectivity

Free WiFi is offered at some campgrounds. Where available, WiFi is listed under “Services and Amenities” in the reservation system. WiFi hotspots are displayed on the campground map on each park’s website. If connectivity is a priority, contact the park directly to ask about WiFi and cell service.

Maximum stay

The maximum stay is 21 nights.

Additional facilities

Campgrounds are rustic. Sites include a picnic table and fire ring, with restrooms and coin-operated showers available as shared facilities. Many parks also have playgrounds, beaches, trails, horseshoe pits, volleyball nets, nature centers, and picnic pavilions.

Vermont offers a Junior Ranger program for kids. Ask for a book at the ranger station or check-in desk.

Cost

The base rate for most campgrounds is $19. 

Additional Fees:

Surcharges apply for prime sites ($2), extra people over 4 ($5 per person, per night, to a maximum of 8 people), and pets ($1 per pet, per night).

Day use fee: $4 per adult, $2 per child.

An annual pass is available at $30 for an individual, or $90 for a vehicle.

Nonrefundable reservation fee: $7.

Cancellation fee: $10.

Cancellations made after 2 p.m. the day prior to arrival forfeit the cost of the minimum stay for that date.

Changes that retain the original number of nights and campsites are free. Changing a reservation to a different campground in the same camping season is allowed. Reducing the number of nights requires a cancellation and rebooking, with applicable fees.

Pet policies

Domesticated pets are allowed at all campgrounds as long as they’re kept on a leash no longer than 10 feet. Current vaccination records may be required upon check-in. And of course, campers should always clean up after their pet.

Additional regulations

  • Maximum occupancy per site: 2 vehicles, 8 people.
  • Check-in time: 2 p.m. Check-out time: 11 a.m.
  • Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Alcoholic beverages: Permitted, with the exception of bulk containers.
  • Generator use: Permitted only 8–10 a.m. and 4–6 p.m.
  • Campfires: Allowed in designated rings or pits, following local advisories.
  • Drone use: Prohibited.
Half Moon Pond State Park

Featured Campgrounds

Woodford State Park

142 State Park Road, Bennington, VT 05201

Located in the Green Mountains in the southwestern corner of the state, Woodford State Park has the highest elevation campground in Vermont. It’s set at 2,400 feet on a mountain plateau surrounding Adams Reservoir, with a dense forest of spruce, fir, and birch providing an idyllic setting. The elevation, shady trees, and swimming beach are perfect for a refreshing summer camping experience. The shoulder seasons are cooler, quieter, and a great time of year to enjoy boating, hiking, and fall colors.

Woodford’s campground features just over 60 tent/RV sites, flush toilets, coin-operated hot showers, and a dump station. Many of the sites back up to the reservoir. Kayak and canoe rentals are available in the summer. The university city of Bennington is just a few miles west, making this a popular weekend getaway and also providing campers with easy access to the city’s amenities and culture.

Half Moon Pond State Park

1621 Black Pond Road, Hubbardton, VT 05743

This gem of a park is tucked away within Bomoseen State Park’s 3,500 acres of forest, in a densely wooded, sheltered basin surrounding Half Moon Pond. It’s a serene environment to get away from it all for a day or a few nights. Kayaking, canoeing, and fishing are available on the picturesque pond, and swimmers will appreciate the clear, fresh water. Extensive trails allow visitors to enjoy a short, scenic walk or a full-day hike. Wildlife viewing opportunities include white-tailed deer and the occasional moose.

Half Moon Pond State Park’s campsites are laid out around the pond, many of them on the waterfront. Sites are spacious and private. Campground facilities are typically basic, but well maintained. Located close to the western border with New York state, this Vermont state park is a peaceful getaway and also a good base to tour the area, including Fort Ticonderoga on the Hudson River.

Grand Isle State Park

36 East Shore South, Grand Isle, VT 05458

For an ultimate Vermont camping experience, Grand Isle State Park is located on the largest island in Lake Champlain. Unparalleled scenic views and water access attract visitors from all over the state, as well as from across the nearby borders with New York and Quebec, Canada. The park is relatively developed for Vermont, with a nature center hosting programs and games, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, a play area, and nature walks. Campers also have free access to the beaches at Knight Point State Park and Alburgh Dunes State Park.

The campground is the second largest out of Vermont’s state parks, with more than 100 sites. Restrooms, showers, potable water, and a dump station are available. Sites are spacious and shady, although limited for larger RVs. A scenic bike ride or drive around the island is an ideal way to take in a variety of beautiful views. About 30 miles from Burlington, Grand Isle makes a great base for day trips into the city and the area’s charming small towns.

Vermont state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping

Allis State Park

Big Deer State Park

Bomoseen State Park

Branbury State Park

Brighton State Park

Button Bay State Park

Coolidge State Park

D.A.R. State Park

Elmore State Park

Emerald Lake State Park

Fort Dummer State Park

Gifford Woods State Park

Grand Isle State Park

Half Moon Pond State Park

Jamaica State Park

Lake Carmi State Park

Lake St. Catherine State Park

Little River State Park

Maidstone State Park

Molly Stark State Park

Mount Ascutney State Park

Mount Philo State Park

New Discovery State Park

Quechee State Park

Ricker Pond State Park

Silver Lake State Park

Smugglers’ Notch State Park

Stillwater State Park

Townshend State Park

Wilgus State Park

Woodford State Park

For more information on Vermont state park campgrounds, visit vtstateparks.com.

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