When polling families about their favorite camping spot, Half Moon Pond State Park is always at the top of Vermont’s list. Intimate in scale, the park surrounds quiet little Half Moon Pond. The campground offers tent and lean-to camping and there are five cabins. For those seeking more creature comforts, fully furnished Tall Timbers Cottage, with its waterfront location and private boat dock, offers all the amenities of home.
A perfect place for campers seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life, the park offers a vast trail system including a short walk or, for the more ambitious, a full-day’s hike. Hikers are likely to see a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer or an occasional moose.
Rowboats, kayaks, canoes and pedal boats are available for rent. Two small, sandy beaches provide locations for sunbathing and swimming. The pond also has excellent fishing, where kids and adults alike can land panfish, yellow perch, largemouth bass and rainbow trout.
Right down the road is Lake Bomoseen State Park, When you are a paid camper in one Vermont State Park, you can enter any other for free during your stay. A large lake and beach, nature programs and an old slate quarry make a visit to Bomoseen a fun way to spend a day. If you’re looking for some time spent off the beaten path, a visit to undeveloped Glen Lake, which sits between Half Moon and Bomoseen is the perfect outing. You might not see another person all day while enjoying quiet paddling or perhaps a hike on the trail that leads all around the lake.
If your family likes bikes, be sure to check out the nearby D & H Rail Trail, with two approximately 10-mile sections that follow the old railroad bed of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad, traversing beautiful Vermont countryside, through farm fields, wetlands, and mixed woodlands interlaced with clear-flowing streams.
With sites both on the water's edge and back in the woods, the 52 tent sites, 5 cabins and 11 lean-to sites at Half Moon Pond provide great camping opportunities in a quiet, peaceful environment. There is a play area and hiking trails to High Pond and to Bomoseen State Park.