State Parks

  • What Camping at Vermont State Parks Looks Like This Year
    What Camping at Vermont State Parks Looks Like This Year

    Vermont’s 55 state parks are open for the season, including 36 campgrounds ready to welcome overnight visitors. This year, Vermont State Parks are not offering boat rentals or opening its concession stands. The parks suspended rentals of cabins and cottages this year, and picnic tables have been...

  • 7 Scenic Vermont Drives to Get Outside
    7 Scenic Vermont Drives to Get Outside

    The options are endless for scenic Vermont drives in summer. In every corner of the state, you’ll find gorgeous roads with views of tall mountains, wide open fields, general stores, and rambling old barns. But half the fun of a scenic drive is getting out of your...

  • 6 Vermont Fire Towers to Visit While Hiking
    6 Vermont Fire Towers to Visit While Hiking

    Vermont was once home to dozens of fire towers across the state. According to the Green Mountain Club’s 360 Degrees: A Guide to Vermont’s Fire and Observation Towers, 38 fire towers once stood in Vermont. Today, there are far fewer. Many fire towers were built by...

  • Where to Swim in Vermont, Kayak or Fish: 9 Lakes, Ponds and Waterfalls
    Where to Swim in Vermont, Kayak or Fish: 9 Lakes, Ponds and Waterfalls

    Now that summer is in full swing, it’s a good time to map out places for where to swim in Vermont. Here are nine lakes, swimming holes, and ponds worth visiting this summer for swimming, kayaking, and more. (By no means is this a complete...

  • In Groton State Forest, Seyon Lodge Offers Comforts of Home
    In Groton State Forest, Seyon Lodge Offers Comforts of Home

    In the remote Seyon Lodge in Groton, innkeepers Chris Brader and Tiff Soukup spend their days cooking meals, taking reservations, managing yardwork, grooming trails, and keeping guests comfortable and happy. But this is no ordinary lodge. Seyon Lodge is the only state-owned lodging destination of its...

  • Family Camping at Silver Lake State Park
    Family Camping at Silver Lake State Park

    One of the most relaxing weekends we’ve experienced all summer was camping at Silver Lake State Park. The 35-acre state park is located in Barnard, about 10 miles north of Woodstock. Dave, Phoebe and I camped with our friends Gina and Andre, their two young...

  • Vermont Perfection at Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry
    Vermont Perfection at Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry

    In all the years I've spent in Vermont, I had never heard of Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry. For our 11th wedding anniversary, Dave, Phoebe and I made our annual weekend trip to the Inn at Weston.  Innkeepers Bob and Linda Aldrich, a wonderful couple...

  • 8 Reasons to Love the Month of May in Vermont
    8 Reasons to Love the Month of May in Vermont

    Updated May 1, 2019 After a long, snowy winter, it feels good that's it's finally spring in Vermont. For the first time in six months, we can walk outside without a heavy jacket, stash away our wool socks, and watch the grass grow and leaves sprout. Even though spring arrived...

  • A Bird’s Eye View from Mount Philo
    A Bird’s Eye View from Mount Philo

    -A view from the top of Mount Philo in Charlotte 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...

  • Natural Wonder: Quechee Gorge

    Quechee Gorge is a magnificent 165-foot-deep chasm that was sculpted by glacial activity some 13,000 years ago. Flowing through the 3,000-foot-long narrow gorge is the Ottauquechee River, which winds through Windsor County and eventually feeds into the Connecticut River.Quechee Gorge, which is part of Quechee...