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Vermont State Parks' Top Five: Remote Camping
Osmore Pond/New Discovery State Park, Groton

Accessible through New Discovery State Park, in Groton Forest, Osmore Pond, is a 48-acre undeveloped, no motors permitted pond.  The pond is off in a quiet corner of New Discovery State Park. 

Back in the 1930’s the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) built a stone and log picnic pavilion along the shore as well as several charming and secluded “picnic bowers”, each with their own stone fireplaces built in the same era.  

On the opposite side of the pond there are 4 remote lean-to sites, each with a fireplace and picnic table. They are accessible by hiking or boating, and for those without a boat, rowboats or canoes are available by the hour or with a “boat to a remote” package deal. 

Since the pond is a little off the beaten track the experience is serene yet accessible enough to make a great first remote camping experience, especially for families with children.  Hiking trails through Groton Forest are right outside your “door”, and include trails to Big Deer, Little Deer, Hosmore Brook and Coldwater Brook.  Access to the other Groton Forest parks for no extra charge comes with your stay.



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