Vermont is a tranquil paradise filled with natural treasures. The mountains, streams, and rivers beckon you to explore. With so many state and national parks, it can be hard to decide where to start. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of the best Vermont parks for you to experience!
The following Vermont parks are just the beginning of what you’ll discover in this beautiful state! If you are searching for more outdoor recreation, simply download our free Southern Vermont Vacation Guide. Our guide is full of local recommendations on the best hiking, biking, and fishing in the area!
The Top 5 List of Vermont Parks
Green Mountain National Forest
The 400,000-acre Green Mountain National Forest is one of the best Vermont national parks. While autumn is the most popular time to visit, you will find plenty of things to do here throughout the year. Summer is great for camping, hiking, fishing, and canoeing, and winter is perfect for snowboarding, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.
- View the Green Mountain National Park Maps. (North half and south half)
- Get directions to the Green Mountain National Forest.
Smugglers’ Notch State Park
Bouldering, ice climbing, hiking, cave exploring, and biking are all fun activities at Smugglers’ Notch State Park. This state park has a fascinating history. In fact, fugitive slaves used the Notch as an escape route to Canada! The long and winding road of Smugglers’ Notch is lined with breathtaking 1,000-foot cliffs. You can enjoy this park from May through October.
- See the Smugglers’ Notch Vermont State Park map and trail guide.
- Get directions to Smugglers’ Notch.
Emerald Lake State Park
Emerald Lake State Park is home to the 20-acre Emerald Lake. It is a popular summer destination for its wooded hillside campground, beach, and swimming area. However, there is plenty to do at this state park throughout the four seasons! Anglers have the opportunity to catch yellow perch, smallmouth bass, northern pike, and many other warm-water species, making it a fisherman’s paradise! In addition, you will find the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail nearby, along with the trails on Dorset Mountain.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park is absolutely breathtaking. With an abundance of sugary maples, 400-year-old hemlocks, covered bridges, and rumbling stone walls, you could easily spend an entire day at this national treasure. Over 150 bird species can be found at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park, and trails are open from dawn to dusk, making this park a birding paradise.
- See the Woodstock Trail map at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park.
- Get directions to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park.
Woodford State Park
The Woodford State Park encompasses nearly 400 acres of beautiful landscapes. You will find several lakes and ponds in the surrounding area. It’s the perfect place to spend a day on the water! Row boats, canoes, and kayaks are available for rent at Woodford State Park. Other popular activities include night hikes, nature crafts, campfire programs, and amphibian explorations.
Where to Stay
If you are an outdoor enthusiast looking to enjoy the peaceful countryside of Southern Vermont, look no further than the Arlington Inn. We are only 30 minutes away from the Green Mountain National Forest, 30 minutes away from Woodford State Park, 30 minutes from Emerald Lake State Park, and 45 minutes away from the White Rocks Recreation Area!
Each morning, our guests enjoy a complimentary country breakfast. Our bird feeders will provide morning entertainment while you enjoy your first cup of Green Mountain coffee! After an exhilarating day of hiking, head home to Victoria’s Garden Retreat. You will enjoy peaceful views of our English gardens, a California king bed, two-person Jacuzzi, walk-in shower, and a double-sided see-through fireplace. Check our availability today! We can’t wait to host you at The Arlington Inn.
Don’t forget to download your free vacation guide to discover more great Vermont parks!