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Jamaica State Park


Located in Jamaica, Londonderry
Fly fishing at Jamaica State Park

Jamaica State Park
48 Salmon Hole Ln.
Jamaica, Vermont 05343

Mailing address:
PO Box 45
Jamaica, VT 05343

Park Phone: 802-874-4600

Open for day use:
10:00 AM - Official Sunset

Season: May 12 - Columbus Day Weekend

ALERT: The weight limit for the town's bridge leading into Jamaica State Park has been downgraded to 8 tons.

Campers with large RV or trailer units should check their total weight to ensure they meet the reduced weight limit.

Pets are permitted everywhere everywhere except the Salmon Hole swimming area


Jamaica State Park Interactive Campground Map & Guide (pdf)

Photo Gallery

Jamaica State Park Recreational Trail Guide (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

36 Miles O' Trouble (pdf)

West River Whitewater Weekend at Jamaica State Park

USGS Gaging Station Data at Salmon Hole

US Army Corps Ball Mountain Dam Website

Weather Forecast for Jamaica



From Jamaica, VT: Go 1/2 mi. E on
Depot St.

N43° 6.332' W72° 46.370'    Directions/Map

About the Park:

Jamaica State Park, now comprising 772 acres, was completed and opened to the public in 1969.

Previously, the area had supported a few small farms and a sawmill. The West River Railroad ran through the park. The old railroad bed is now used as the trail that leads along the West River to Ball Mountain Dam. The railroad operated from about 1879 until 1927, when a flood wiped most of it out.

The area at Salmon Hole, now used as the swimming area, was the site of a famous Indian Massacre in 1748.

Jamaica State Park is located on a bend of the West River about one-half mile from the center of the town of Jamaica. Nearby to the north is Ball Mountain. Hamilton Falls is located about one mile up Cobb Brook, which enters the West River upstream from the park. The West River has a very large drainage area extending from Weston and the south side of Terrible Mountain to Windham on the east and Bromley on the west.

Every fall, on one weekend in September, there is a water release on the West River from Ball Mountain Dam that draws whitewater paddlers to the park.

The West River is also a favorite spot for many fishermen. The combination of deep slow running water and shallow fast ripples makes for some fine fishing.

There are 41 tent/RV sites and 18 lean-to sites that are spread out through the campground. Two rest rooms, complete with hot showers ($), are located in the campground. A picnic shelter and nature center are located near the picnic area and swimming hole. A hiking trail follows the West River and branches off toward Hamilton Falls.

Park Interpreter Programs: 

There is a Park Interpreter offering fun, hands-on activities at this park. Interpreters are park staff solely dedicated to helping you learn more about the natural and cultural history of this park. Are you curious about some of the animals that live in the park? Are you wondering the history of this place you love to visit? Get answers to all your questions by attending interpretive programs, or by having a chat with the Park Interpreter during your visit. Some popular activities available are night hikes, nature crafts, campfire programs, amphibian explorations, and nature games. Check out the calendar of current events to see some of the programs planned during your visit, look for program schedules displayed in the park, and stop by the nature center to learn more. 
Click here for a calendar of events at all parks on our department website 

Nearby Things to Do:

Hamilton Falls, Hildene - Robert Todd Lincoln's home, Manchester. A theater and shops, Weston; Art Center, Manchester; Alpine Slide, Bromley; Townshend Dam Recreation Area.



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