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Join Mrs. Vermont for a summit hike on Mt. Philo!
Dorilee LeBlanc, AKA Mrs. Vermont 2015, will be hiking to the summit of Mt. Philo this Saturday, August 1st, at 10am.
Check out our blog for details and future events!
campingCamping availability for this weekend
Looking for a last minute getaway? Check here for the latest on camping availability.
"Of Land and Local" program brings Artists to the Vermont State Parks!
In conjunction with Burlington City Arts, we're hosting artists-in-residency at several parks this summer. Stop by to watch art unfold or visit the parks when their projects are completed!
Check out our blog for all the details.

reel funTry fishing for FREE with Reel Fun!
Ten state parks will now be providing everything you need to go fishing! ReelFun fishing packets include your rod, tackle, bait, and even informative brochures about the fish you might catch and the body of water you visit! Just ask your ranger when you arrive and don't forget to submit photos to the photo contest on twitter with #ReelFunVT. Click here for more info!

Introducing the new "Trail Finder" website!
Looking for the perfect hike but aren't sure where to go? Visit www.trailfinder.info to narrow your search by location, trail difficulty, or keyword.

Parks Prescription Program is now in effect!
Sixteen doctor's offices around the state will now be issuing "Parks Prescriptions" to their patients, which entitle them to a day of free entry into any Vermont State Park. Visit our blog to find out more!

 

venture vermontThe 2015 Venture Vermont Challenge is On!
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Try the Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge. How it works is you download a score sheet, do fun outdoor activities and take photos of yourself and your family completing the activities. Once you reach 250 points, send us your photos and score sheet and you'll receive a VIP coin good for free day entry into any Vermont State Park for the rest of this year and all of next year! More>
mud seasonMud Season Hiking Q & A
Here we answer all your questions: What to do and where to go during Vermont's fourth season: Mud Season.

We include links to some our favorite Mud Season hikes.
april newsletterCheck Out Our April Newsletter
In this issue, read about Mud Season Hiking, Spring Surprises in the Parks, Vermont Days Weekend, the 2015 Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge, Races in Vermont State Parks and more! Read it here.
park officeProposed Rule & Fee Increases
Vermont State Parks is proposing some modest fee increases to generate funds to offset increasing operation and maintenance costs. Revenue generated from state park services helps sustain the system and all its values, including preservation of open space and interpretation of our environment and the natural world.
Read more here.
campWhen do the parks open?
Sooner than you think! View the full list.
April 27 - Wilgus
May 8 - Jamaica, Grand Isle
May 9 - Niquette Bay
vermont parks foreverVermont Parks Forever: The Foundation for Vermont State Parks
Thanks to a dedicated group of dynamic park lovers, Vermont State Parks has some new champions. Vermont Parks Forever leverages private resources to expand access, increase educational opportunities and welcome the next generation to Vermont State Parks. We greatly appreciate your support!

Visit the vermontparksforever.org website today!

winter campingUsing the Parks in the Off Season
Great news -- your state parks never close! You are welcome to hike, hunt, ski, snowshoe or sled all winter long. You can camp even in the parks in the off-season. But, before you head out there are some things you need to know. Get all the info you need here.
Park of the Year Awards
The Park of the Year awards celebrate parks they have gone above and beyond to provide great service and outdoor fun to visitors. The 2014 winners are: Jamaica, Half Moon Pond, Grand Isle, and Smugglers' Notch State Parks!
Vermont State Parks Blog
The Vermont State Parks blog is your destination for information on different parks, cool nature facts, events and activities across the state, and much more! To visit the blog, click here.

don't move firewood Only firewood from Vermont is permitted in our state parks
Please help prevent invasive species from damaging Vermont's forests by not transporting firewood. Wood can be brought from within Vermont, or you can purchase wood in the campgrounds.

Learn more about what you can do to prevent invasive species.


Camping Tips & Tricks with Sarah, Frank & The Kids


Meet Sarah, Frank and family. They are one of our favorite, and funniest Vermont camping families. They've had their share of fun times and near mishaps and are here to help you learn everything you need to know to have a blast in camp and on the trail! View our complete How-to page.
 


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