Summer is all about being outdoors and enjoying the beauty of nature. State parks offer some of the best hiking, camping and exposure to natural wildlife and plants you can find. Vermont has over 40 state parks to explore with unique things to do and see at each one. Looking for something fun to do when summer arrives? Put a trip to Vermont state parks, at the top of your list.
Vermont state parks provide great opportunities to learn about the outdoors and the natural environment around us. Kids can learn an early appreciation for nature and the importance of protecting our national and state parks and animals that call them home. Vermont state parks offer educational programs and tours for groups led by knowledgeable park rangers and staff, making state parks a natural classroom for learners of all ages.
Here's a list of Vermont state parks near Wilmington, VT.
Woodford State Park, Bennington, VT Open May 25 - October 8 Pets: yes Recommended activity: Bring or rent a kayak or canoe and paddle around Adams Reservoir. View pictures:
Molly Stark State Park, Wilmington, VT Open May 25 - October 8 Pets: yes Recommended activity: Hike to the Mt. Olga fire tower for amazing 360 degree views. View pictures:
Fort Dummer State Park, Brattleboro, VT Open May 25 - Sept 3 Pets: yes Recommended activity: Pack a picnic and bring a football or frisbee to play catch in the large open field. View pictures:
There's even a Vermont State Parks app for smartphones. So the next time you're out for a drive and looking for something to do, use the app to search for nearby parks. Browse parks by activities available, view maps of hiking trails, get phone numbers and contact information and even share your adventures with friends on Facebook.
One thing you won't need to search for is a great place to stay. You'll find plenty of nearby summer rentals, just a short drive from the park entrance.