855 Coolidge State Park Rd.
Plymouth, VT 05056
Season: Memorial Day Weekend - Columbus Day Weekend
Day Use Hours: 10am - official sunset
Camping Camping: 26 tent/RV sites, 36 lean-to sites
Pets Pets are permitted throughout the park

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From the junction of Hwy 100 and Hwy 100A:
Go 2 miles north on Hwy 100A.
Camping Camping: This park has 26 tent/RV sites and 36 lean-to sites.
Hiking Hiking: There are several hiking trails around the park.
Picnicking Picnicking: There are plenty of places to picnic around the park. There is also a pavilion available to rent.
Mountain Biking Mountain Biking: Easy access to many gravel roads and trails in Coolidge State Forest. Less than half hour to Okemo Mountain Resort's Evolution Bike Park.
Horseshoes Horseshoes: There are two horseshoe pits at the park.

Welcome

Campers at Coolidge State Park are welcome to visit nearby Camp Plymouth State Park for swimming and boating at no additional fee.

A trip to Coolidge State Park is a trip back in time; the park remains essentially the way it was when it was first created in the 1930s. Known for its rustic feel, hillside campsites that give way to dramatic mountain views, and authentic character, Coolidge State Park is the developed recreation centerpiece of the 21,500 acre Calvin Coolidge State Forest, the largest state-owned land holding in central Vermont. Coolidge State Park is the only Vermont park with an entire loop of lean-to campsites, some of which have sweeping views of the Black River valley and the Green Mountains. Many campers feel that sites at Coolidge have the best views in all of Vermont. The park also has a loop of forested campsites, restroom facilities with showers, a hilltop picnic area with a log picnic shelter, a group camping area, and several remote lean-to campsites for those wishing to really escape it all.

Within the park, there are miles of hiking trails to explore, several streams home to elusive brook trout, and abundant wildlife. Some visitors are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a barred owl, a moose, or a black bear. Nearby is the village of Plymouth Notch, the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States.

History

The ski shelter at Calvin Coolidge State Forest, circa 1940
The ski shelter at Calvin Coolidge State Forest, circa 1940

Calvin Coolidge State Forest was established in 1925, when Perry Merrill (then head of State forests and parks) arranged the purchase of a tract of land in Plymouth. He was successful in obtaining funds for the property due to the great public interest in the Coolidge family and popularity of Plymouth Notch.

Camp Calvin Coolidge, located in Calvin Coolidge State Forest, was established June 9, 1933 as the third Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in Vermont. The original Coolidge State Park was built solely by the CCC. They also completed a network of forest highways and carried out extensive reforestation projects.

Much of what is now Coolidge State Forest was once cleared for tilled land and pasture, as evidenced by extensive stonewalls and many foundations. In the late nineteenth century there was a small town immediately adjacent to Coolidge State Park (later becoming part of the Forest). Businesses once located there included a store, blacksmith shop, and a hotel.

Facilities/ Amenities

There are 36 lean-to sites and 26 tent/RV sites arranged in two camping loops. There are four restrooms providing flush toilets and hot water, two of which have coin-operated hot showers. There is a large picnic shelter and a group camping area. There is also a nature center, horseshoes and a play area. There is a sanitary dump station for RVs, but no hookups. There are also several hiking trails.

There is also a nature center at the park, where visitors can learn about the history of the area
The nature center, where visitors can learn about the history and wildlife of the area
The pavilion at Coolidge can seat up to 70 and offers great views
The pavilion at Coolidge can seat up to 70 and offers great views

The picnic pavilion at Coolidge can be rented. This open pavilion seats up to 70 people and has electricity, grills, fireplaces, and picnic tables. The pavilion is accessible and a restroom is nearby. The cost is $100 to rent Friday - Sunday and FREE Monday - Thursday.

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