18 Ricker Pond Campground Rd.
Groton, VT 05046
Season: Friday of Memorial Day Weekend - 2nd Monday in October
Fees apply Fee Area: Camping fees apply
Camping Camping: 26 tent/RV sites, 23 lean-to sites
Cabin/cottage/lodge Cabins/ Cottages: 5 cabins, 2 cottages available to rent
Pets Pets are not permitted on beaches, in most cabins or the cottages, but are allowed elsewhere in the park. At this time, only the Knox Mountain cabin is pet-friendly

Park Updates & Alerts

  • As of March 1, 2023, the maximum stay at prime sites is 14 days.
  • Firewood is not to be brought to parks from out of state UNLESS the wood is packaged, labeled as having been heat treated, and certified by USDA or the appropriate state department of agriculture. For more info, click here.
  • The Knox Mountain cabin is now pet-friendly.
From Groton:
Go 2 miles west on U.S. 302, then 2.5 miles northwest on VT 232.
Camping Camping: There are 26 tent/RV sites and 23 lean-to sites available to rent at the park. There are also 5 cabins and 2 cottages.
Hiking Hiking: Groton State Forest contains over 17 miles of hiking trails.
Swimming Swimming: Ricker Pond has great swimming for campers. There is a designated swimming area and a small, sandy beach.
Boating Boating: Boats are welcome at the park. There is a boat launch. Boat launch access is limited to campers in park. There are boat rentals in the park.
Fishing Fishing: Perch, pickerel and bullhead are among some of the species swimming in Ricker Pond.
Nature Program Nature Programs: There is a nature center with programs serving the parks in the Groton State Forest.
Mountain Biking Mountain Biking: Groton State Forest has miles of multi-use trails great for mountain biking.

This park is one of seven parks in the Groton State Forest. These parks are all within close proximity to one another (some within walking distance) and entry to one provides free entry to all. Combined, the parks offer a range of activities and attractions.


Ricker Pond State Park, established in the 1930’s, is located on the western shores of Ricker Pond and adjacent to the Montpelier-Wells Rail Trail (Cross Vermont Trail).

As early as 1704, Native Americans and the French were using routes through Groton to reach Canada and Massachusetts. Colonists settled this area of Vermont slightly earlier than the rest of the state through the accessible network of waterways.

The rocky, tree covered hillsides were originally cloaked with white pine, spruce, hemlock, beech, maple and birch. These were logged by local farmers for lumber, fuel and potash. The logging industry was large-scale for almost 100 years while the railroad was operating. Today, logging is still a vital industry in the area, but has lost some of its dominance in favor of modern society’s leisure time movement - private cottages/seasonal homes and a variety of outdoor recreation activities.

Groton State Forest, with over 26,000 acres, is the second largest landholding administered by the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. It contains over 17 miles of hiking trails and over 20 miles of gravel roads and multi-use trails suitable for mountain biking and horseback riding.

Facilities / Amenities

Ricker Pond cabin
One of the 5 cabins at Ricker Pond
In addition to the original cottage, the Perry Merril Cottage is also available to rent
In addition to the original cottage, the Perry Merrill Cottage is also available to rent

The campground has 26 tent/RV sites, 23 lean-tos, 5 cabins and 2 cottages available to rent. Two of the three campground restrooms include coin-operated hot showers. A sanitary dump station is available, but there are no hookups. There is also a swimming beach, boat launch, boat rentals, and shelter for campers, as well as access to miles of hiking and biking trails.

Both the original cottage and the Perry Merrill Cottage are located on the waterfront. Both cottages sleep 4 people and both come with canoes on site.

Learn more about cottages

All of the 5 cabins are on wooded sites, and 2 have water views.

Cabin pricing and details

Park Interpreter

This park has a park interpreter offering fun, hands-on activities in the new nearby Groton Nature Center. Interpreters are park staff solely dedicated to helping you learn more about the natural and cultural history of the park. Some popular activities include night hikes, nature crafts and games, campfire programs and amphibian explorations.

Check out the of current events to see some of the programs planned during your visit.

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