From Groton: Go 2 mi. W on U.S. 302, then 9-1/2 mi. NW on VT 232
N44° 18.943' W72° 17.452' Directions/Map
About the Park:
Welcome to New Discovery State Park. As early as 1704, Native Americans and the French were using routes through Groton to reach Canada and Massachusetts. Colonists settled this area of Vermont slightly earlier than the rest of the State through the accessible network of waterways.
The rocky, tree covered hillsides were originally cloaked with white pine, spruce, hemlock, beech, maple and birch. These were logged by local farmers for lumber, fuel and potash. The logging industry was large-scale for almost 100 years while the railroad was operating. Today, logging is still a vital industry in the area, but has lost some of its dominance in favor of modern society’s leisure time movement - private cottages/seasonal homes and a variety of outdoor recreation activities.
The campground has 46 tent/trailer sites and 15 lean-to sites. Seven of the sites are designed to accomodate horse campers. All restrooms include hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available, but there are no hook ups. There is a play area, horseshoe pits, a picnic pavilion, a pond for fishing and access to miles of hiking trails.
There is a seven site horse camping area
located in New Discovery State Park. The group
camping area features a hitching post, water
spigot and trough for watering horses. Just up
the roadway, and past the toilet/shower area, is
a horse washing station. Other pets are allowed
at designated camp sites. There is a play area
and miles of hiking on multiple use trails.
Groton Forest is the second largest state
forest in Vermont with over 26,000 acres to
explore. Trails for horseback riding in the park
include gravel-surfaced roads, forest highways
(logging roads), the VAST trails, and the
Montpelier-Wells River Rail Trail. Horseback
riders wishing to ride for the day can trailer their
horses to the northern parking area near the
entrance to New Discovery State Park, the
Kettle Pond day use parking area, or at the public boat launch at the southern end of Ricker
Pond. Riders can easily access the Montpelier-
Wells River Rail Trail (Cross Vermont Trail) and
forest and town roads from these locations.
You Can Rent the Pavilion at Osmore and Owls Head
Both open log pavilions have fireplaces and picnic tables and cost $100 to rent Friday - Sunday and are FREE Monday - Thursday. Osmore seats up to 100 people and has a restroom. Owls Head seats up to 50 and has an outhouse nearby.
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