I thought the weekend was going to be a total washout, so I was thrilled to wake up to sunshine on Sunday morning. The haze from the recent heat wave was finally gone, so Dave and I took a ride to Mt. Philo State Park to soak up the views.
The state park – Vermont’s oldest – is located at the top of Mt. Philo, a small mountain in Charlotte with an elevation of 968 feet. Established in 1924, Mt. Philo State Park overlooks the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
From the late 1800s to 1924, Mt. Philo was an excursion destination for guests at the Mt. Philo Inn. Guests would trek to the summit and enjoy views of the Champlain Valley from the deck of a wooden observation tower that has since been removed.
In 1924, Frances Humphreys of Brookline, Mass., donated 150 acres of land on Mt. Philo to the State of Vermont to be managed for recreational purposes. With her gift, Vermont’s first state park was established.
Mt. Philo State Park offers camping, a picnic area, hiking trails and a perfect view to watch gorgeous sunsets over Lake Champlain.