Park Use During Hunting Season

Hunting is an annual tradition for Vermonters and an important part of the state’s cultural heritage. Many people view hunting as a way to source their meat locally and build a relationship with the land. Hunting is allowed on all state lands, including State Parks, during the off-season. Though the hunting season is in full swing, the parks are still available for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or skiing.  Please come and visit the parks, but remember to be cautious in the woods. Dress in blaze orange (dogs, too) and make yourself heard.
The parks listed below currently have their gates open for hunting season:

Allis State Park
Coolidge State Park
Mt. Ascutney State Park
Bomoseen Forest Block (not the campground/park proper)
Alburg State Park
Burton Island State Park
Grand Isle State Park
Kamp Kill Kare State Park
Knight Island State Park
Knight Point State Park
Lake Carmi State Park
Niquette Bay State Park
North Hero State Park
Sand Bar State Park
Underhill State Park
Woods Island State Park
Brighton State Park
Elmore State Park
Little River State Park
New Discovery State Park

Some parks do not have their gates open so you may be less likely to see hunters there. Mt. Philo State Park in Ferrisburgh, Molly Stark State Park in Wilmington, Townshend State Park in Townshend, and Thetford Hill State Park in Springfield are some of the parks that currently do not have their gates open and have great walking and hiking trails. When planning your hike, please note that hunters are required to stay back at least 500 feet of park facilities and structures on state lands.

For more information on hunting in Vermont, view Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Hunting and Trapping Calendar. For more information on trails, view the Vermont State Parks Hiking page

Enjoy the season and remember to stay safe!

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