5956 Maidstone Lake Rd.
Guildhall, VT 05905
Season: Friday of Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend
Day Use Hours: 10am - official sunset
Camping Camping: 34 tent/RV sites, 25 lean-to sites
Pets Pets are not permitted in the day use area, on beaches or in designated swimming areas but are allowed in the campground, on trails and elsewhere throughout the park. Please clean up after your pets.

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From Bloomfield:
Go 5 miles south on Hwy. 102, then 5 miles SW on State Forest Hwy.
Camping Camping: There are 34 tent/RV sites and 25 lean-to sites.
Hiking Hiking: There are hiking trails throughout the park.
Swimming Swimming: There are several beaches with designated swimming areas at the park.
Boating Boating: Boats are welcome at the park, though there is no boat launch. A Fish & Wildlife Access Area is available nearby to launch boats. Kayaks, canoes and a rowboat can be rented through the park office by registered campers for use on Maidstone Lake from the campground.
Fishing Fishing: Trout, perch, bullhead and panfish can be found in Lake Maidstone.
Picnicking Picnicking: There are plenty of great picnicking spots throughout the park. There is also a pavilion available to rent for group functions.


Maidstone retains much of the character associated with the Northeast Kingdom. Maidstone Lake was created when glacial ice carved out a deep basin in a preexisting valley. When the last glaciers melted 12,000 years ago, a deep, clear and cold lake was formed.

The lake offers good lake trout fishing and has had some outstanding record catches. Maidstone Lake is a great location to view nesting loons. The loon loves the solitude of the northern lakes whose shores are rimmed with spruce-fir shade. Once common in Vermont, the loon has recently been removed from the endangered species list, but remains a species of concern.

Maidstone was designated by the state of Vermont as a state park in 1938. The camp areas were wilderness, but the area around the lodge was a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The CCC built many sites with fireplaces for camping, the lodge, and a picnic shelter, which are still in use today.

Facilities / Amenities

Maidstone pavilion
Picnic tables at the pavilion provide seating for up to 35 people

The campground has 34 tent/RV sites and 25 lean-to sites. There are restrooms with flush toilets and hot and cold running water, and two of the three restrooms include coin-operated hot showers. There is a dishwashing station in the first loop at the bathroom. A sanitary dump station is available, but there are no hookups. There hiking trails, and swimming beaches in the campground. A swimming beach and an additional restroom is available at the day use area.

The park also has a picnic pavilion that can be rented. The pavilion seats up to 35 people and has a fireplace, picnic tables, and a restroom nearby. There is no electricity.

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