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Vermont State Parks' Top Five: Family Camping
Jamaica State Park, Jamaica

Yes, there is a Jamaica, Vermont.  In fact, it’s not far from Peru, Vermont.  But don’t let the name fool you, Jamaica State Park is a family favorite, located just outside the quaint village of Jamaica, surrounded by the rugged and steep southern Green Mountains. 

Jamaica State Park is located on a bend of the West River, which runs clean and cold in alternating shallow riffles and deep pools, making it a favorite of fishermen and swimmers alike.  A rail trail runs along the river and is ideal for family hiking or biking.  A foot trail off the rail trail leads to the spectacular Hamilton Falls, ranked by many as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of New England. 

Every spring and fall, on one weekend in late April and late September, there is a water release on the West River from Ball Mountain Dam.  This is a semiannual event for many whitewater kayakers and canoeists from all over New England.  Jamaica state park has a playground, interpretive programs and pet-friendly tent and lean-to camping May through October.

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