Silver Lake State Park
20 State Park Beach Rd.
Barnard, Vermont 05031
214 North Rd.
Bethel, VT 05032
Park Phone: 802-234-9451
Open for day use:
10:00 AM - Official Sunset
Season: Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend
Pets are permitted in campground and in day use area (but not on sandy part of beach or in swimming area)
Free limited wi-fi:
Sites 2,4-13 good signal
Sites 1,3,14,15 &19 weak signal
Sites 17,18,20-24 have no signal
Silver Lake State Park Interactive Campground Map & Guide (pdf)
Snack Bar Menu: Kiss the Cow Cafe (pdf)
Valley Quest: Mount Tom
Valley Quest: Room with a View
Weather Forecast for Silver Lake
From I-89 Exit 3: Travel VT 107 West for 2.6 mi.; turn left onto VT 107 West / VT 12 South and travel for .4 mi.; make slight left onto North Rd. and travel for 6.7 mi.; park entrance is on left.
From the West (VT 107 West/VT 12 South split): Turn left onto VT 12 North, travel for 6 mi.; turn left onto North Rd. in Barnard Village and travel for .2 mi.; park entrance is on the right.
N43° 43.881' W72° 36.976' Directions/Map
About the Park:
Pet Friendly Day Use Area: While pets are allowed in all Vermont State Park campgrounds, we are currently experimenting with allowing pets in the day use area of this park. Pets are allowed in campground and day use area but are not allowed on the sand beach or in the swimming area. Pets must be leashed at all times. Your comments on this policy are welcomed and appreciated.
Barnard is a classic Vermont hill town surrounded by high rolling hills, dotted with farms and affording many scenic vistas. This busy park is popular for its sandy swimming area, picnic grounds, and camping area. Its proximity to Woodstock and other central Vermont tourist destinations makes it ideal for family vacations. The park encompasses the northern shoreline of 84-acre Silver Lake which supports excellent fishing of northern pike, perch, smallmouth bass and other warm-water species. The lake is popular for paddling and quieter recreation, with only occasional motorboats passing by. During the winter months, when the park is closed, the lake is a popular spot for ice skating and ice fishing.
Silver Lake State Park was established in 1955 when two pieces of land were donated to the State by Mr. and Mrs. John McDill of Woodstock, Miss Margaret Crosby of Barnard, and Mr. Richard H. field of Boston. Development of recreational facilities began soon after.
Silver Lake was originally called Stebblings' Pond after Benjamin Stebblings who owned land at the outlet where the Barnard General Store now stands. When Benjamin Stebblings moved out of the area, the lake became known as Barnard Pond. In 1869, Barnard Pond was renamed Silver Lake.
Barnard, chartered July 17, 1761 from the New Hampshire Grants, quickly became an agricultural town. Early homestead farms were replaced by sheep farms in the mid 19th century, and later dairy operations, a few of which remain today. The 35 acre state park was once part of several farms; a farm homestead was located near the current park entrance; the remains of a barn foundation are still visible in the campground. Today the town is known for the state park, and picturesque New England charm of the village center.
There are 40 tent/RV sites and 7 lean-to sites. There are two rest rooms in the camping area with running water and hot showers ($). There is a sanitary station, but no hookups. The beach has a large grassy area, play area food concession, rest rooms, changing rooms, and boat and canoe rentals.
You Can Rent the Pavilion at Silver Lake
This open pavilion can seat up to 100 people
and has 2 group grills, and picnic tables. The pavilion is accessible, but does not have electricity. It costs $100 to rent for a day. For more information click here.
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:
Hiking on the Appalachian Trail, Historical Society Museum, Historic Village Center, Barnard; Charles Fenton Art Gallery, Quechee Gorge, and Simon Pearce Glass Blowing Mill and Pottery Shop, Quechee Gorge State Park, VINS Nature Center, Quechee; Porter Music Box, Randolph; Federal Salmon Hatchery, Bethel; Sugarbush Farm Cheese & Maple Farm, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Billings Farm & Museum, historic downtown- shopping & dinning, Farm tours, Woodstock; Justin Morrill State Historic Site, Stafford; Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth Notch.