If you've never stayed in a lean-to you don't
know what you're missing! Lean-to's are awesome - they shelter you from wind and rain, keep your gear dry and kids love to use them as a stage!
Like other sites, each lean-to site has a fire ring or fireplace with grill for cooking and a picnic table.
Lean-to's are 13'4" wide and 9'3" deep. The front opening is 7.5" high and the lowest height at the back of the lean-to is 4'3".
There are several ways to handle tent placement on a lean-to site. One way is not to use a tent at all and just set up your sleeping pads and bag inside the lean-to. Some, as the photo above demonstrates, use mosquito netting in the lean-to's to keep out the bugs.
Some folks put their tents right inside the lean-to's - keeps 'em dry and also keeps out the bugs.
Some campers prefer to put their tents outside the lean-tos; most lean-to sites can also accommodate a tent or two. This allows the lean-to itself to become more of a kitchen, a living room, the game room, or just a common area.
Using the interactive campground maps: You can get more information on the offerings of a particular park by visiting the individual park pages and viewing the interactive campground maps. For example, by selecting a park from the Fast Park Finder drop down menu located at the top of the screen, you will go to that park's page. Once there, you will find a description of the park, downloadable pdfs of any trails or nature guides pertinent to the park as well as a link to view our interactive campground maps. You will see the overview of the park layout. Then, click on a specific site. You will see a photo of the site plus information about the site from our reservations database.
Here is an explanation of site details:
Accommodates: Explains what size tent or RV will fit on the site. Tent size is expressed in small, medium and large. RV length is expressed in feet.
Maximum Occupancy: The maximum number of people permitted per site. For most sites this is 8 people, but some smaller sites have a maximum occupancy of 6.
Access: Describes whether a site is drive in (vehicle) or walk-up. Most sites are drive in, but some sites you park below and walk up stairs, which is important to know for hauling gear and wood.
Sun: Sunny, shady, partial shade, etc.
Surface: Fine gravel or grassy.
Water access: Describes access to swimming area, not drinking water. Sites are coded as waterfront, water view, walking distance or none.
Pets: Explains whether or not pets are permitted on site. Most campgrounds permit pets but some have specific pet loops. At this time pets are not permitted in cabins or cottages, except for Cabin A at Lake Carmi State Park.
Universally Accessible: Describes whether the site is accessible via wheelchair.
At this time there are no hookups in any Vermont State Park campgrounds, but there are dump stations and water spigots every few campsites and most parks allow some limited generator use.