5 Best Vermont State Parks for Fall Camping

We're just as amazed as you are about how quickly the summer has drawn to a close. But fear not - we have a lot of parks to choose from, even after Labor Day - we compiled a list of the best parks for fall camping because the fun hasn't quit just yet!

Brighton State Park
Located in Island Pond, Vermont, Brighton is one of our more remote parks, which makes it all the better for leaf peeping. It's not uncommon to hear loons calling across the pond, and spot deer along the hiking trails. You can rent boats, hang out on the beach at Spectacle Pond, or just relax in any of our cabins, tent sites, or lean-tos.

Coolidge State Park 
Coolidge is a wonderful park for those who want a rustic experience complete with some of the best views in Vermont, straight from your lean-to. Nestled in Plymouth, the park also has some remote camping options and access to miles and miles of hiking trails both within the park and nearby Okemo and Aitken State Forests. If you're feeling lucky, you can even pan for gold in the Black River Valley!

Gifford Woods State Park
Gifford Woods has long been a favorite in the Vermont Park system for viewing fall foliage and for awesome hiking. Located at the base of Killington and Pico peaks, autumn will nearly swallow you up in beautiful colors. The nearby Killington Adventure Center offers visitors the opportunity to spice up their stay with an adrenaline-fueled high ropes course, or campers can relax on the shores of Kent Pond and see if the fish are biting.

Ricker Pond State Park
If you're looking for an abundance of multi-use trails fit for biking, hiking, and horseback riding, look no further than Groton State Forest. Between the cottages, cabins, lean-tos and tent sites, Ricker Pond has something for everyone. As an added bonus, campers and day users receive free admission into the other Groton parks, including Boulder Beach, Kettle & Osmore Pond, and New Discovery.

Woodford State Park
Photo by Ranger Jessica Walker
Located in Bennington, Vermont, Woodford State Park is the perfect place for those who take to the water - rowboats, canoes, and kayaks are available for rent, and the only scene prettier than fall foliage might just be its reflection in the Adams Reservoir! The park also borders the Green Mountain National Forest, which offers endless miles of hiking to those who prefer the woods.

By Carlie Timbie
Vermont State Parks


  1. Quick question: what is the difference between a "prime" campsite and a "regular" one?

  2. Prime sites are the most popular sites -- usually they have the best view, are larger, etc. They have the highest occupancy rates so they cost a little more.


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