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.

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Who says you can’t eat well while camping?

Steak tips, rigatoni, ribs…these are just a few of the delicious meals Michael Barton and his son, MJ, cooked up on their two week camping excursion over the 4th of July. The two set up camp – hammocks and all – first at Woodford State Park and then Emerald Lake State Park. If you recall, it was sweltering […]

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photo of a calm lake

Adventures at Green River Reservoir

Last summer my family and I took a week-long camping trip around Vermont. My favorite memory is from Green River Reservoir State Park. I hadn’t done my homework and only learned we needed to bring our own boat after we had arrived. Lucky for us, there was another family that had just arrived familiar with […]

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Daddy when can we go camping again?

After what seemed like an extra long winter hiatus, our quest to reach all 55 Vermont state parks as a family began again Memorial Day weekend. Quechee State Park became #37 on our steadily growing checklist.

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Why Do It?

In 2013, Brian and Lori Miller and their two children began a quest to visit all 52 Vermont State Parks. This year, they crossed the halfway mark. When the Millers began their quest, the kids were ages 2 and 4, which made some people wonder. Why would a family with kids so young try to […]

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