Park Stories

From the ancient tales of the Abenakis to the chronicles of Ethan and Ira Allen and the adventures of families like yours, Vermont has been the setting for millions of amazing stories. Since our first park, Mt. Philo, opened in 1924, some of the most memorable stories have been lived and shared by visitors to our state parks.

If you’ve visited a Vermont State Park — or, you’re trying to visit all of them — you probably have some great stories to tell. Maybe you taught your children to swim or fish at Lake Elmore, Lake Carmi, or Sandbar. Maybe you slept your first night under the stars at Branbury, Maidstone, or Grand Isle. You may have walked into history at Little River, watched the hawk migration from the top of Mt. Philo, or warmed up with friends in the Stone Hut after a perfect powder day.

Stories and images may be used on our website, social media, and marketing materials.

Beautiful Sunset at Branbury State Park

We love Vermont State Parks. During our first season with our new camper, we visited Branbury State Park on the shores of Lake Dunmore. The best park for easy access to hiking, canoing and fishing. Have returned every year since. Caught this picture at sunset summer of 2018. – Sandra Youmatz

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Fun with the grandkids at Branbury State Park

We had such a great time camping with our grandchildren at Branbury State Park and really enjoyed the hike into the Moosalamoo National Recreation area as well as the short hike to the Falls of Lana. Karen Dolliver  

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Rainy Retreat

Stayed at Brighton State Park again this weekend with my dog, Remy. Very few people there because of the rain so we almost had the whole place to ourselves. Decided to hike around Spectacle Pond with my dog, though it rained constantly. He didn’t seem to mind because he had his raincoat on. We have […]

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Surprise Waterfront Campsite

Despite an awful lot of rain, we greatly enjoyed our week at Gifford Woods in July 2021.  One benefit of all the rain…turned out campsite into a waterfront site at no extra cost! At some point, I’d love to be able to say we stayed at EVERY Vermont state park, as it is such a […]

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Repeat Reservation at Brighton State Park

First time staying there and OMG what a beautiful place! We had a waterfront campsite and had so much fun hiking the trails. Ended up making another reservation for three weeks away! We can’t wait to get back there! Highly recommend!!

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