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New cabins now available at Mt. Ascutney State Park

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Mt. Ascutney is one of Vermont’s oldest state parks and popular hiking destination. The park is expanding its offerings to include five cabins. 

The cabins are newly finished in 2019 and are now available.  Reservations can be made up to eleven months in advance by either reserving online or by calling the Reservation Call Center at 1-888-409-7579 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm).


The new cabins are located mid-way up the Mt. Ascutney Parkway with 3 of the 5 being universally accessible (click here for a map). Each cabin has one futon, a set of bunk beds, and a table with four chairs. Cabins sleep up to four people although 2 can set up a tent outside or sleep on the floor. There is no electricity in these cabins making it the perfect opportunity to unplug and keep some of the creature comforts of home. You can even bring your pet with you in the Cascadnack cabin! Restrooms with hot water and showers are located a short distance away. The bath house utilizes solar panels as part of its energy generat…

Vermont State Parks Announces Completion of Improvements to Alburgh Dunes State Park

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MONTPELIER, VT - Vermont State Parks is excited to announce the completion of a significant infrastructure project at Alburgh Dunes State Park, featuring new parking areas, accessibility improvements, a visitor contact center with portable toilets and changing stalls, and a new accessible natural playground, among other elements. The improvements also include state-of-the-art stormwater treatment and interpretive elements and plantings which complement the natural environment.

“Alburgh Dunes State Park is arguably one of the finest sand beaches on Lake Champlain and a great place for families to visit,” says Parks Regional Manager, Rob Peterson. “We’ve re-developed this park with a focus on sustainability, balancing the protection of sensitive natural features with public access, while improving amenities to serve our visitors’ needs. This project not only contributes to a cleaner lake, it creates inclusive access to a full spectrum of park visitors.”

The 600-acre park, which opened in …

"Keep your eyes on the stars" - Night Sky Viewing Tips

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“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Did you know that experiencing awe can make you happier, healthier, humbler and more connected to others around you? A simple way to inspire awe? Lay back and take in the vast beauty of the night sky. Are you not quite sure where to start? Here’s some tips to make sure your night sky experience is stellar:

Time it right! Cloudless, moonless nights are the best for a clear view of other celestial objects. When the moon is full, the light will prevent viewing of fainter stars or the Milky Way. Thanks to the darkness of the New Moon on July 31st, this is the perfect time to grab a blanket and check out the stars. Start stargazing two hours after sunset or before dawn. This ensures the light of the sun won’t interfere with your ability to view the fainter light of stars and planets.

Here are some dates of interest when planning your adventures:
July 31st: Black moon. The 2nd New Moon of the month and the first si…

Vermont State Parks Announces New Bike Rental Partnership at Burton Island State Park

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MONTPELIER, VT. Vermont State Parks is excited to announce a partnership with Local Motion, Inc. to provide bike rentals at Burton Island State Park. New for the 2019 season, a fleet of rental bicycles will be provided for park visitors to use while visiting the island.

“Burton Island has always been a fantastic place to explore by bike!” Says Ryan Baker Dunn, Marine Operation Supervisor for Vermont State Parks. “The 253-acre island has miles of trails and roads wrapping through the campground on picturesque Lake Champlain. Those looking for a more secluded experience can ride out to the southern tip of the Island, a ¾ mile trail with a scenic bluff and views over the lake to the Green and Adirondack Mountains. Aside from a few staff vehicles, there are no cars on the island, making it a safe, quiet environment for exploration. Vermont State Parks has also invested in work tricycles to further minimize vehicles in the park, making Burton Island a great place for the whole family to rid…

Spend your Construction Holiday at Burton Island Marina!

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Bienvenue aux Canadiens! 
Burton Island Marina is now accepting reservations for the first part of the Construction Holiday. Come stay at beautiful Burton Island State Park in our 100-slip marina. Enjoy beautiful sunsets, campfires, and endless activities for the whole family. Rent bikes and explore the island, or take out a paddle-board, canoe or kayak. Join Nature Nate, our park interpreter, for activities each day from guided paddles and fishing to rock painting and nature walks.
For the adults in the group, the Burton Island Bistro has free beer tastings with Long Trail Brewery July 26th and 14th Star Brewery August 2nd, each from 1-4PM, as well as paint and sips on July 23rd and August 3rd from 1-3PM.
We start taking reservations 2 weeks out from arrival date, so book your stay today at (802) 524-6353.

Vermont State Parks Invites Public to Open House on the Lowell Lake State Park Master Planning Project

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SPRINGFIELD, VT – Master Planning work is progressing at Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry and a presentation of concept design alternatives will be held July 25, 2019. 

The Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation will host an open house on the Lowell Lake State Park Master Planning Project July 25, 2019 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the Londonderry Town Hall.  The Londonderry Town Hall is located 137 Middletown Road in South Londonderry, Vermont.

Concept design alternatives will be presented at stations with detailed information available for viewing and opportunity for comment.  Stations will be staffed by members of the planning team and staff from the Agency of Natural Resources.  A 60-day public comment period will follow the open house with a master planning overview, park history, concept design alternatives and a detailed survey available through the state park’s web page, https://www.vtstateparks.com/lowell.html.

Lowell Lake State Park was established in 1977 when the for…

Girl Scouts Love State Parks! Initiative aims to get every girl outside July 13 and 14

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BEDFORD, NH – Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains and Girl Scouts of the USA are hosting their first-ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend July 13-14 for girls and their families and friends to experience the great outdoors, an integral part of the organization’s all-girl leadership program. Join Girl Scouts and thousands of girls in hundreds of state parks across the United States to find adventure, explore nature, and learn what Girl Scouts is all about.

The legacy of Girl Scouts and the outdoors is profound. Studies show that 71 percent of girl members ages 8-14 tried their first outdoor activity through the organization and half would not have had access to outdoor activities and programming if not for Girl Scouts. GSUSA’s cutting-edge environmental conservation, camping, and outdoor science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming is rooted in a passion for adventure and healthy risk-taking combined with taking action to protect the environment for prese…