Vermont residents know how unique camping can be in state parks across the Green Mountain State, but it’s satisfying to win recognition from outside the state.
Two campgrounds in Vermont have been identified in the area at 2022 Best Places to Camp: Top Ten New England list of Aldirt, which is a campsite reservation website and app. The list was based on 4 million reviews and ratings given by users of the platform.
With all the hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and scenic sunset-watching trails to choose from, which two Vermont campgrounds rank among the best in New England?
Grand Isle State Park has been named the third best camping spot in New England
Grand Isle State Park is Vermont’s most visited state park and has also been awarded a “Park of the Year” distinction, according to Profile in Vermont State Parks website. Vermonters know how great it is, and so clearly do those who choose to camp in New England because it ranked third on our list of the 10 best campgrounds in New England.
Located on South Hero Island, Grand Isle State Park features a 4,150-foot Lake Champlain shoreline. The park has 115 tent or RV campsites, 36 campgrounds and 4 cabins.
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Bathrooms have running water and hot coin-operated showers. A park interpreter leads the activities, but you can find your own fun with boating, kayaking, swimming, biking, sand volleyball, horseshoes, and a visit to a nature center with games and entertainment.
You can find more information about Grand Isle State Park at https://vtstateparks.com/grandisle.html.
Little River State Park has been named the 8th best campground in New England
Little River State Park is located on the Waterbury Reservoir in the forest of Mt. Mansfield State It is among the most popular and largest campgrounds in central Vermont.
The park ranks eighth on our 2022 list of the best campgrounds in New England.
The park has 81 tent or RV sites, 20 small sites and five cabins that campers can use. Popular activities include boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming, hiking and biking. Little River has ball fields, beaches, and play areas as well as an interpreter to lead nature-based group activities.
The bathrooms have flush toilets, running water, and some coin-operated hot tubs. Those who want to live close to the land without access to running water can choose a remote camp site.
More information about Little River State Park at https://vtstateparks.com/littleriver.html.
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The best places to camp outside of Vermont
People who plan to do some camping outside of Vermont but want to stay in New England might consider the campgrounds that made the best list.
- No. 1 – Dry River CampBartlett, New Hampshire.
- Number 2 – Chuddick Woods CampWinter Harbor, Maine.
- No. 4 – Sandy Pines CampKennebunkport, Maine.
- no 5 – Normandy Farms Family Camping ResortFoxboro, Massachusetts.
- No. 6 – Bar Harbor campBar Harbor, Maine.
- number 7 – White Lake State Park in Tamworth, New Hampshire.
- number 9 – Smuggler’s Den CampgroundSouthwest Harbor, Maine.
- No. 10 – Lily Bay State ParkGreenville, Maine.
Contact reporter April Barton at [email protected] or 802-660-1854. Follow her on Twitter @apridbarton.
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