Picnic in the Parks: Seyon Lodge
By guest bloggers Erin & Evan
There is no better way to spend a holiday weekend than to visit one of Vermont’s state parks…and picnic! This past Labor Day weekend we visited Seyon Lodge State Park in the heart of the Groton State Forest. Before arriving at the park we stopped by the Marshfield Village Store for our picnic supplies.
This Village Store is about 19 miles or 30 minutes north of the park. To get from the store to the park you can take VT Route 232 right through the Groton State Forest past three other great state parks: New Discovery; Kettle Pond; and Ricker Pond. These parks also offer hiking, swimming, boating, and picnicking.
While at the Village Store we found several picnic items including Vermont CommonCrackers, Cabot Cheddar Cheese, an apple, two “real sticks” from Vermont Smoke and Cure, and a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie from Red Door Bakery in Marshfield (delicious). We were able to enjoy our picnic in a pair of Adirondack chairs right on the shore of Noyes Pond in the Seyon Lodge State Park.
After we enjoyed our lunch, we took the hike around the entire pond. The hike took about 45 minutes and the terrain was relatively flat, offering a nice stroll for hikers of pretty much all ages and abilities. While at the park, we also visited the Seyon Lodge itself and spoke with one of the innkeepers.
On your visit we definitely recommend that you explore the Lodge to learn about the history of the park, the wildlife that is often seen there (moose!), and the recreational activities you can take advantage of including boating and fly fishing, as well as snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the winter. We also recommend you get information on how to stay at the lodge, which is one of the few (and truly special) state park facilities that offers year round accommodations and meals for overnight guests.
We know that the next time we visit Seyon Lodge State Park, it will be for an overnight visit that includes a warm meal and hot chocolate near the fireplace after a trek in our snowshoes.