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Vermont State Parks' Top Five: Remote Camping
Green River Reservoir State Park, Hyde Park

Hidden in Vermont’s northern woods, Green River Reservoir State Park is located just north of Morrisville. Green River is only minutes from town, yet is our most secluded park.  This 653-acre Reservoir includes about 19 miles of shoreline, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped shorelines in Vermont. 

The 28 campsites scattered along its banks disappear in the abundant undergrowth.  These sites can only be reached by paddling; some of them are more than a mile from the boat launch.

All campsites have limited facilities including a fire ring with a cooking grate and an outhouse nearby.  Carry-in/carry-out and Leave No Trace camping is the rule of the road here.  Even on “crowded” holiday weekends, the lake and shoreline seem to “gobble up” boats and visitors, making for a serene paddling experience at most any time of year.  However, once the parking lot is full, no further visitors are permitted into the park. 

Reservations are accepted beginning May 1st of each year by calling the park directly at 802-888-1349. Groups consisting of 8 people or more must apply for a special permit.  Firewood is available at the park’s contact station.  In order to maintain the special personality of this park, groups of 8 people or more can only camp with special permit, park staff limits the number of visitors, and rotates open sites each season. 

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