State Parks & Public Lands

Renowned as "New Englandís Last Frontier" and "The Real Vermonters Vermont" the Northeast Kingdom is Vermontís largest and least populated region. This leaves plenty of room for vast forests, pristine rivers, deep lakes, rambling roads, spectacular vistas, prominent peaks and still marshes. Quite simply, the Kingdom is a nature lovers delight. In fact, Vermontís Northeast Kingdom contains more than 1,300,000 acres of land of which almost 200,000 acres are either publicly owned or have public recreation/access easements which provide some of the finest, most remote, and diverse outdoor recreation opportunities in New England. Public Lands include Big Falls State Park in Troy, Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area, Willoughby State Forest, Averill Mountain WMA, Bill Sladyk WMA in Holland, the Long Trail State Forest in Jay and the Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge.

In the Kingdom we enjoy and protect our many parks, forests and wilderness areas. These lands provide habitat for abundant wild and birdlife as well as rare plants. Some believe that the legendary Catamount (a Vermont species of cougar once assumed to be extinct) may still be in the area as well. Although several significant sightings have been reported in the past decade, the wildcatís return has yet to be officially confirmed.

Whether you are drawn by bird watching, fishing, hiking, or a desire to explore, the Northeast Kingdom is rich in trails and vistas and throughout the region visitors are able to immerse themselves into the preserved wild lands and pristine waters. If exploring on your own is not for you and you would like the learn some forest secrets from those who know them well, a guide service can lead you to the best place to angle for trout, spy a falcon, track a deer, spot a bear, navigate a stream, or follow a lost logging road.



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  Brighton State Park Island Pond
The primary attraction of this general area is its remoteness: mountains with tree-covered slopes, rivers and streams.
102 State Park Road
Island Pond, VT 05846

802-723-4360





  Ricker Pond State Park Groton
Nestled in Groton State Forest, Ricker Pond State Park sits below the hustle and bustle of Lake Groton.
18 Ricker Pond Camp Ground Road
Groton, VT 05046





  Owls Head Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
The Owls Head Trail is an easy 1.5 mile trail leading to a scenic vista of Lake Groton, Kettle Pond and the Green Mountains.

Groton, VT





  Crystal Lake State Park Barton
Crystal Lake is a glacial lake beautifully situated among roughhewn mountain sides.
96 Bellwater Ave
Barton, VT 05822

802-525-6205





  Kettle Pond State Park Marshfield
The campground has 47 tent/trailer sites and 14 lean-tos. There is a play area and access to miles of hiking trails.
4239 VT Rte 232
Marshfield, VT 05658





  Stillwater State Park Groton
The campground has 62 tent/trailer sites and 17 lean-tos. There is a swimming beach, boat launch/dock facility and play area.
44 Stillwater Road
Groton, VT 05046

802-584-3822





  Silver Ledge Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
The 0.6 mile Silver Ledge Trail rewards you with views of Lake Groton and Beaver Meadows.

Groton, VT





  Big Deer Mountain Trail - New Discovery State Park Groton
This easy 1.7 mile trail passes through the forest and climbs up to scenic vistas and memorable views of Peacham.

Groton, VT





  Peacham Bog Loop Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
The Peacham Bog Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile moderate hike through diverse woods with views Peacham Bog and a beaver dam.

Groton, VT





  Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge Brunswick
The Nulhegan Basin Division, part of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, was established to protect the diversity and abundance of native species within the 7.2 million-acre Connecticut River watershed.
5360 Rte. 105
Brunswick, VT 05905

802-962-5240





  Maidstone State Park/Maidstone Lake Guildhall
Maidstone is the most remote of Vermont's state parks and still retains much of the wilderness character of the NEK.
R1, Box 388
Guildhall, VT 05905

802-676-3930





  Boulder Beach State Park Groton
The day use area has 75 shaded picnic sites with tables and hibachis.
2278 Boulder Beach Road
Groton, VT 05046

802-584-3823





  Osmore Pond Hiking Loop - Groton State Forest Groton
This scenic 2 mile loop begins at the Osmore Pond.

Groton, VT





  Coldwater Brook Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
The Coldwater Brook Trail is a moderate 1.9 mile trail.

Groton, VT





  Seyon Lodge State Park Groton
One of Vermont's best kept secrets, Seyon Lodge State Park provides rustic and welcoming facilities.
2967 Seyon Pond Road
Groton, VT 05046

802-584-3829





  Big Deer State Park Groton
Come into the Forest and you will see how to spend time more leisurely. There's something for everyone at Groton State Forest.
1467 Boulder Beach Road
Groton, VT 05046

802-584-3822