Spring is here which means warmer weather and bright sunshine! This is the perfect time to get outside and explore Vermont State Parks!
You may be familiar with some of our popular and busier parks, but do you know about the quieter spots off the beaten path? When you need a quiet afternoon away from it all, Vermont State Parks has hidden spots away from crowds. Whether you want to sit back with a book along a stream, take a stroll on a grassy trail, or have a quiet picnic we have parks that provide a relaxing setting for those who want to take it easy for the day. Once such spot is Allis State Parklocated in Brookfield Vermont. With the Bear Mountain trail taking you into the woods where there are several places to sit and relax, the fire tower offering wonderful views, a restored log picnic shelter built by the CCC (with grills and a stone fireplace that can be rented for weddings or group gatherings), and individual picnic spots scattered throughout the park, Allis is a great spot to spend a quiet afternoon! One could say Allis Park is one of central Vermont’s best kept secrets!
The property was in the Allis family for several generations as a working farm. The entire hill was open pasture land with excellent views from just about any spot. You can now enjoy the incredible views from the fire tower. On a clear day, Killington, Pico, and Mt Ascutney peaks are visible to the south; Camel's Hump and Mt. Mansfield to the north; Abraham, Lincoln, and Ellen to the west; the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the east. The park is named for Wallace Allis who allowed the public to enjoy the views from his Bear Mountain Farm and its popularity led him to leave it to the State to be developed as a campground and recreational area. Beginning in 1932, the park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). This relaxing afternoon can be enjoyed for free! Allis State Park does not have a day use fee!After a relaxing afternoon in the park should you want to extend your stay, camping has returned to the park after a two year hiatus.
For some return visitors, the park may look a little different from past years. There are fewer campsites and lean-to shelters. The decrease in these sites will provide campers with more privacy allowing you to turn your relaxing afternoon into a quiet evening.
While there are still bathrooms available, showers and hot water are currently unavailable at this park. However, rather than keeping the park closed until these issues are resolved, it was decided to open up the campground again with fewer facilities adding to the parks' rustic character which many find appealing.
If you're looking for a quiet and relaxing experience, Allis State Park is a great choice!