Accessibility in the Vermont State Parks
|Accessible Lean-to at Jamaica State Park|
Searching through our system to locate accessible campsites and activities can be challenging, so we've compiled a brief list to make it a little easier. One thing to keep in mind when looking through our interactive campground maps is that any site listed as "universally accessible" is within 150 feet of drinking water, toilet facilities and showers.
For Lovers of the Outdoors:
|Stowe Recreation Path|
Smugglers' Notch is a great option for anyone looking a hike with lovely views as well as access to restaurants, lodges, and local businesses in Stowe,VT. Why is that? The Stowe Recreation Path is a 5.3 mile paved multi-use trail that criss-crosses the West Branch of the Little River. For more details check out their website. The town of Stowe also hosts the Smugglers' Notch Adaptive Programs, which are primarily for kids but do have some options for adults.
Jamaica State Park – *ask for Briar lean-to*
Similar to the Stowe Recreation path, Jamaica State Park provides access to the West River Trail, a 16 mile long universally accessible converted rail bed with a packed gravel and (in some areas) packed sand surface. This trail also provides access to Cobb Brook, one of the Vermont State Park's featured nature relaxation spots!
For Anglers and Adventurers:
|Shorefishing Platform at Kent Pond|
Gifford Wood State Park is a great option if you're looking for a smaller, more secluded campground with some good fishing. Across the street is access to Kent Pond and the Kent Pond shorefishing platform, both great spots to relax and unwind with fish and family.
|Scenic Gondola at Killington|
For History and Arts Buffs:
Molly Stark State Park– *ask for Cherry lean-to (accessible picnic pavilion as well)*
Located along the Molly Stark Trail Scenic Byway, our state park is on the main east-west route in Southern Vermont that connects Brattleboro, Wilmington, and Bennington, which provides anyone interested in history or the arts some great opportunities to explore each of those towns. Bennington in particular is home to numerous museums and historic sites, and Wilmington's Memorial Hall Center for the Arts hosts movie screenings, television festivals, and live music which is sure to satisfy anyone looking for a bit of culture!
Quechee State Park – *ask for Hemlock lean-to*
|Falcon Demonstration at Vermont Institute of Natural Science|
Little River State Park - *Ask for tent sites 44 or 80, or Spruce lean-to*
If you're not sure what kinds of activities you're looking for, or want access to everything from woods to nightlife, Little River State Park in Waterbury is probably your best bet. Its proximity to Burlington (40 minute drive) gives it access to everything the city and surrounding area has to offer: bike paths, recreational trails, and even an adaptive sports complex that offers pick-up games. If you're looking to stick closer to the campground, the Stowe Recreational Path (mentioned above) is a half hour away as well.
The Vermont State Parks constantly seek to make our parks more easily accessible to every current and prospective visitor who comes our way. Hopefully this mini-guide helps with your summer plans, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us at (888) 409-7579.
See you out there!
By Carlie Timbie
Vermont State Parks