Camping 101: Tips, Tricks & Resources

Here in Vermont, snow is melting and spring is (intermittently!) in the air, which means that camping season is fast approaching. If you’re new to camping or haven’t been in awhile, here are some great resources for brushing up on your camping skills so you feel confident on your next adventure. 


Need a refresher on all the basics of camping? Watch our full series of “how-to” videos (seven in all) covering all the basics of camping, from picking out a site, setting up a tarp & tent, and the basics of camp cooking. Watch all the videos on YouTube here.

Below is the first video, "Choosing A Campsite".


There are almost 40 Vermont State Parks with campgrounds located throughout of the state, offering a variety of amenities, accommodations and all sorts of activities to suit almost everyone's taste. Use our "Park Finder" feature to search by popular activities and amenities, and lodging types to find the perfect park for you. 

If you want to try early season camping, Wilgus State Park on the Connecticut River in Weathersfield is the first to open on April 29th. Jamaica open the next week on May 4th for the White Water Release weekend, and Grand Isle, one of our most popular parks in the Champlain Islands, opens on May 11th.


We also have sample weekend itineraries for several popular parks including Quechee, Button Bay, Grand Isle, Ricker Pond and Little River. The full list of weekend itineraries is here


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