Vermont is home to some of the best places to camp on the east coast. From the idyllic Green Mountains to the waters of Lake Champlain and everything in between, the entire state is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Whether you’re in search of scenic hiking trails, world-class fishing, exhilarating biking trails, or boating opportunities, Vermont has it all. Although there are dozens of premier camping destinations throughout Vermont’s beautiful landscape, three places stand out above the rest.
Nestled along the West River and Winhall Brook in Vermont’s famed Green Mountains, the Winhall Brook Campground is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. Located only seven miles from Ball Mountain Lake and surrounded by miles of hiking and biking trails, the campground attracts thousands of families and outdoorsmen every year in search of endless fishing and recreational activities in a stunning natural setting. Winhall Brook actually runs right through the campground, so visitors can go to sleep each evening to the sound of the brook’s babbling waters and sip coffee each morning in paradise as they plan their fun-filled day.
Burton Island State Park
Surrounded by Lake Champlain, Burton Island State Park is 253 acres of boating and fishing bliss. The popular park is only accessible by boat, so visitors without a boat must depart from Kamp Krill Kare State Park and take a 10-minute ferry trip to the island, which is a pleasant adventure in itself. Once there, visitors can choose a scenic campsite, visit the nature center, picnic, swim, and head out on Lake Champlain for a fun-filled day of boating and fishing surrounded by Vermont’s unparalleled natural splendor.
Coolidge State Park
Camping in Coolidge State Park is like stepping back in time, because the park has remained virtually untouched since its inception in the 1930s. Known throughout Vermont for its rustic campsites and sweeping mountain views, Coolidge State Park is the recreational centerpiece of the sprawling Calvin Coolidge State Forest, which is the largest public landholding in mountainous central Vermont. With panoramic views of the Green Mountains and the majestic Black River Valley, many campers feel the campsites in Coolidge State Park enjoy the best views in the entire state. In addition to being surrounded by Vermont’s scenic beauty, campers have thousands of acres of terrain and miles upon miles of trails to explore.