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Fort Dummer State Park


Located in Brattleboro, Guilford & Vernon
View through the trees at Fort Dummer State Park

Fort Dummer State Park
517 Old Guilford Road
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Park Phone: 802-254-2610

Season: Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend

Pets are permitted at this park


There will be a large timber sale within Fort Dummer State Park this winter.

During the course of work, there will be no safe public access within the sale area. This includes the campground and the Sunrise Trail.

The sale will be active from December through mid April. Public access during the time the sale is operating is limited to the Sunset Trail and the mowed corridor that parallels the interstate. 

Please stay out of the active sale area for safety reasons. Please keep your dogs leashed at all times. Please do not park in front of the park gate at any time.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Fort Dummer State Park Interactive Campground Map & Guide (pdf)

Photo Gallery

Fort Dummer Nature Trail (pdf)

Valley Quest: Grafton Cave

Valley Quest: Fort #4’s Past and Present

Valley Quest: the Acworth Bird Collection and History Mystery

Valley Quest: Herrick's Cove

Weather Forecast for Fort Dummer

Located on the Molly Stark Byway

Located on the Connecticut River Byway



From Jct. I-91 (Exit 1, Brattleboro) & U.S. 5: Go 1/10 mi. N on U.S. 5, then 1/2 mi. E on Fairground Rd., then 1 mi. S on Main Street and Old Guilford Rd.

N42° 49.426' W72° 33.961'   Directions/Map

About the Park:

Fort Dummer State Park, located in the Connecticut River Valley, has 217 acres of forest land just outside of Brattleboro.

The park was named after Fort Dummer, the first permanent white settlement in Vermont. Built on the frontier in 1724, it was initially the gateway to the early settlements along the banks of the Connecticut River. Forty-three English soldiers and twelve Mohawk Indians manned the fort in 1724 and 1725. Later, the fort protected what was then a Massachusetts colony from an invasion by the French and Indians. Made of sturdy white pine timber, stacked like a log cabin, Fort Dummer served its purpose well.

The park overlooks the site of Fort Dummer which was flooded when the Vernon Dam was built on the Connecticut River in 1908. This site can be seen from the northernmost scenic vista on the Sunrise Trail. It is now underwater near the lumber company located on the western bank of the river.

Located in the southern foothills of the Green Mountains, the forest is more like those of southern New England than like a typical Vermont forest. Southern tree species such as white, red, and chestnut oaks, dominate the hardwood forest, which also contains beech, maple, yellow birch, and white birch.

An abundance of oak trees provides food and shelter for gray squirrels, turkeys, and deer. Ruffed grouse also inhabit these woods, attracted by its dense woody cover and open understory.

The campground has 50 tent/trailer sites and 10 lean-to sites. These are located in two adjacent areas and are served by two toilet buildings, both with hot showers ($). There is a sanitary dump station, but no hookups. Also located within the park are a small picnic area, hiking trails and a large open field.

Nearby Things to Do:

Basketville, Putney; Flea Market, Newfane; Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington; Townshend Dam, Townshend; also, covered bridges in the area.


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