Showing posts from October, 2011

Paranormal Activity at Kingsland Bay State Park (and 4 Other Spooky Parks to Visit on Halloween!)

A Vermont State Park cabin at night Rumors have gone round of haunted buildings in Kingsland Bay State Park . Last May, the Champlain Valley Vermont Ghost Hunters offered up their services to investigate if there actually is paranormal activity or if it's just people's imaginations running wild. The ghost hunters stayed for two nights in the park and conducted experiments in several park buildings including the main dining hall, the Hawley House and the staff quarters, and they did find some interesting evidence. Arriving in tricked out vans looking like command central, these four professionals use high tech equipment to scientifically determine if something else lurks beyond what we can see and hear. An Electrical Voice Phenomena reader (EVP), infrared cameras, motion cameras, laser devices, and other equipment help to document and measure images, noises, and the presence of 'others'. The investigators have been somewhat hush-hush about their findings pending of

Saving the Best for Last - These Five Parks Offer Some of the Best Fall Activites

As the landscape of Vermont is exploding with fall colors, five Vermont State Parks are also gearing up to go out with a bang. Most of the parks close after Columbus Day weekend, but these parks stay open a little longer. See why they are great parks to visit this time of year. Looking out over Lake Champlain Gifford Woods : Set in the southern Green Mountains, this park is the perfect base camp for some great hikes . Easily connect to the famous Appalachian Trail, the Long Trail, or take a trail to Deer Leap Overlook (a popular favorite). The foliage here is peaking, so make sure to bring your camera when exploring. You won't want to miss these photo opportunities. Also, for those wanting to camp, you can reserve a lean-to site or cabin in addition to regular tent/RV sites. Call the park to reserve your spot, 802-775-5354. Smugglers' Notch : This park is another perfect base camp for hiking. Take some challenging trails to the summit of Mt. Mansfield, the highest pea

Spicin' Things Up at Seyon This Weekend - Cider Pressing Festival, October 8th

Attention people who like apples! There is an event at Seyon Lodge State Park that you should attend - a Cider Pressing Festival! From 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, join in celebrating autumn’s bounty. In addition to cider pressing, the park will host live folk music by Wall Stiles, and have lots of good food for purchase (including apple desserts and fresh pizza.) Seyon Lodge State Park provides rustic and welcoming facilities in the midst of the 27,000-acre Groton State Forest. Situated on the pristine shores of Noyes Pond, the Lodge provides year-round lodging and meeting facilities for individual guests and groups, including small conferences, retreats,and weddings. Private rooms with shared bath accommodate 16 overnight guests, while a fully equipped commercial kitchen prepares meals, and caters to dietary requests. While you're there, take advantage of the great hiking, fly fishing, paddling, or just relax and breathe in the fresh air. A note on the fishing: fly fishing for bro

Music Festival at Kingsland Bay State Park October 8th to Benefit VT Farm Disaster Relief Fund

The Lois McClure Schooner The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is partnering with Vermont State Parks to host a music and food festival to benefit the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund. Not only is there FREE admission into the park all day, but fun activities will be happening all day too, such as a farmer's market, performances, vendors from across the state will be selling local goods, and the regular activities that Kingsland Bay offers - hiking, picnicking, space for games, and more. To add to the special festivities, the LCMM is bringing along a historic ship. The Lois McClure Schooner will be docked on the shores of Kingsland Bay State Park for viewing all day, October 8th. Visitors enjoy a day of music and fun Download a poster of this special event here  or for more information visit . Kingsland Bay State Park 's 264 acres sit on the picturesque shores of Lake Champlain, which is why many p