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2010 Parks of the Year!

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Each year four parks, representing each geographical region in Vermont, are presented with the Park of the Year Award. The purpose of the program is to acknowledge exemplary accomplishments of the parks field staff, as well as for the enhancement of public service – to make the parks a better, more enjoyable place to recreate. Competition is fierce and award recipients receive the right to display the coveted "Park of the Year" banner the following season. This year's winners are Molly Stark, Lake Shaftsbury, Grand Isle, and Seyon Lodge (staff for each park shown below in order listed from left to right). Congrats to all for your fantastic work! (Click on pic to enlarge).

Foliage Focus: October 4th - 10th - Best Parks & Cool Things to Do

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Southern Vermont and the Lake Champlain area are peaking with prime foliage. Check out the five best parks for leaf peeping this week and see what events and attractions are going on in and around each one.

Woodford State Park, Woodford, VT:
Marvel at the iconic works of art at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Rutland; Take part in one of the many programs offered at the Bennington Museum, such as Punch Needle Rug Hooking, Bennington; Pick up some hand-crafted souvenirs or gifts at the Bennington Potters, Bennington; Relax with a glass of local beer from the Northshire Brewery, Bennington; Pick your own apples and enjoy lots of apple treats at the Apple Barn and Country Bakeshop, Bennington; History buffs won't want to miss visiting the Historic Park-McCullough where one can spend hours wandering the estate, North Bennington


Quechee State Park, White River Jct., VT:
Learn fascinating facts at the Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich; Savor tasty warm breads and other treats at the King A…

Foliage Focus: September 27 - October 3 - Best Parks & Cool Things to Do

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The cooler weather is moving Vermont's incredible fall foliage a little farther south. Below are parks where foliage is at its prime. Also check out the activities in and around the State Parks too. No one is hibernating yet!

Half Moon State Park, Hubbardton, VT:
Load up your bags or basket with delicious locally grown food at the Rutland Farmer's Market, Rutland; Wet your whistle at the 15th Annual Killington Brewfest, Killington; Have a hayride, listen to great music, and more at the Brandon HarvestFest, Brandon; Satisfy your need for speed at the Devil's Bowl Speedway, West Haven; History buffs will enjoy a visit to Hubbardton Battlefield, Hubbarton; Visit the world's largest marble exhibit at The Vermont Marble Museum, Proctor


Molly Stark State Park, Wilmington, VT:
Have a look around the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, Marlboro; Play a round of golf on a four-star golf course at Hay Stack Golf Club, Wilmington; See where your food really comes from and take a…

Proposed fee increases for Stone Hut & Kingsland Bay

Periodically, Vermont State Parks must adjust its fees to keep up with inflationary pressures. Fees collected for park services are an important source of revenue to support operation and maintenance of the parks. We try to keep fees affordable and competitive. Most fee changes must be approved via the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Rule Making Process.

An important part of the APA process is to inform the public in advance and give everyone an opportunity to comment. In that spirit, below are the proposed 2010 changes to, "Rules & Regulations - Visitor Conduct & Fees and Charges for State Park Services and Commercial Activities on Department Lands".

Stone Hut - increase nightly fee from $150/per night to $195/per night.

Kingsland Bay - increase banquet hall fees from $1,000 + $2/per person + $100 trash fee to $2,500 all inclusive.

If you would like to comment on these proposed changes, send an email to craig.whipple@state.vt.us or snail mail: Craig Whipple, Departm…

Foliage Focus: September 20th - 26th - Best Parks & Cool Things To Do

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As the cooler weather stretches into the valleys and further south in Vermont, the beautiful fall foliage spreads with it. Below are six state parks where the foliage and things to do are in full swing.

Underhill State Park, Underhill Center, VT:
Pick up great locally grown food at the Old Fashioned Harvest Market; Do a wine tasting at Boyden Valley Winery; Listen to a lecture by artists Chris Brown or Pablo Helquera at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT; Hike Mt. Mansfield, VT's highest peak: take a gondola ride up the mountain or drive up Mt. Mansfield's Auto Road; Stroll through the Grist Mill Covered Bridge in Jeffersonville, VT; Celebrate Shelburne's 32nd annual Harvest Festival; Pick up some historic facts from the Jericho's Snowflake Bentley Museum ("Snowflake" Bentley was the first person to photograph a single snow crystal!).

Kettle Pond State Park, Marshfield, VT:
Go hungry and leave full after doing a Cabot Creamery tour (free samples of all thei…

Foliage Focus: September 17 & 18 - Best Parks & Cool Things to Do

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Foliage is starting to look good in Northern Vermont - here are some great parks for early fall foliage viewing and fun stuff to do in the surrounding areas:

Smugglers' Notch State Park, Stowe, VT:
Hike Mt. Manfield, VT's highest peak; Take a gondola ride up the mountain; Drive up Mt. Mansfield's Auto Road; Bike Ride on the Stowe Bike Path; Check out British Invasion Car Show Weekend; Visit the Boyden Valley Winery; Visit Cold Hollow Cider Mill; Take a tour of the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory.

Brighton State Park, Island Pond, VT:
Try a stay in a cozy cabin; Bring your own boat, and paddle on Island Pond, or rent one and paddle on Spectacle Pond, Check out the Northeast Kingdom's Foliage Festival; participate in North Woods Stewardship Center's Foliage Bike Ride; Hike at Lake Willoughby; Paddle the Clyde River; Visit the Silvio Conte NWR.


New Discovery/Osmore Pond State Park
Ricker Pond State Park, Groton, VT

Stay in a remote lean-to on Osmore Pond, we'll e…

Haunted Hike Happening at Little River State Park!

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Come join us for a special event! Saturday, October 2, at 10:00 AM in Little River State Park, Waterbury, VT, author Tim Simard and Little River State Park Interpreter, Brian Aust, will host a spooky presentation and hike. Participants will trek through the autumn woods to discover remnants of the old Goodell Farmhouse on the Dalley Loop Trail and hear about the spooky mysteries of locals’ past.

Attendees should park at the History Hike Parking Lot (Dalley Loop/Hedgehog Hill Loop Trails). Children of all ages and well-behaved and leashed pets are welcome. Feel free to bring snacks or lunch and water. This program will go on, rain or shine. Park entrance fee is required to attend.

As a self-proclaimed skeptic, Tim Simard had always enjoyed a good campfire tale, but never believed they were true until he began research for his book, HAUNTED HIKES OF VERMONT. Simard's book provides both storied history and fanciful legend within the trails of Vermont's Green Mountains and beyond. …

Camp Plymouth Remains Open September Weekends

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Haven't had your fill of swimming and picnicking yet for this year? Well, Camp Plymouth State Park will be open on weekends throughout the month of September.
A popular place for day use and weddings, the park will open at noon on Fridays and at 10:00 AM on Saturdays and Sundays.
The concession stand will be open from noon - 5:00 PM for ice cream, refreshments and boat rental.
Pavilion rentals will also be available on weekends. Sorry, but pets are not permitted at this park.
Camp Plymouth is also known for its housekeeping cottages, group and horse camping areas, popular playground, wide expanses of well-manicured lawns and its proximity to Coolidge State Park, with its spectacular fall hiking, the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Historic Site, Okemo, Killington and Pico resorts.

Burton Island's Marina Season Is Extended!

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So, we're trying an experiment...Burton Island's Marina will continue to be open through the 1st and 2nd week after Labor Day!

Come enjoy the beautiful waters and great fishing of Lake Champlain, as well as one of the best places for swimming and picnicking.

15 boat moorings and a 100-slip marina with Wi-Fi connection, dockside electricity, fuel service, and a marine holding-tank pumpout facility plus 3 miles of shoreline, hiking trails make Burton Island a very unique state park.

For those wanting to visit after Labor Day, the bath house will be open, wood will be available, and the inner marina will have electricity.

For reservations call 802-524-6353.