The Season Has Begun for Off-Season Camping and Day Use!

A fall view from Big Deer State
Park of Peacham Pond
Off-season camping and day use is a magical experience. The parks have a stillness that you can't get in the summer. Many animals are hibernating, there is little rustling of the trees, the bugs are gone, and you can sometimes go a whole day without bumping into another visitor. The best part is that it is FREE! Both day use and camping in Vermont State Parks in the off season are free to all visitors. The only thing visitors need to do is park outside the gate, and for camping, make sure you fill out a request form in advance of your stay.
During this time of year, the views are wonderful (since many trees are leafless), winter sports like snowshoeing and cross-country season begin, and at night, the campfire never felt so good.
A bohemian waxwing
Some fun activities to do in the parks this time of year include: birding, tracking, finding bird nests, and hiking!

Keep an eye out for grouse, turkeys, and cardinals. In open fields, look for snowy owls, rough legged hawks, bohemian waxwings, and snow buntings. While hiking or in the forest, you might spot woodpeckers or ubiguitous chickadees.

Also, before you head out to do some visiting or camping, remember:

  • To fill out an "off season request" form if camping
  • Restrooms are closed and water is shut off
  • No trash facilities - carry-in/carry-out
  • No rangers or staff are present
  • To park outside the gate (even if it is open, a staff might just be doing a quick check and can lock you in!) For parking info click here.
  • Hunting is permitted in State Parks, so be sure to wear orange when exploring.
Enjoy the parks during the cooler and quieter months.

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