Groton, Vermont 05046
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Go 2 miles west on U.S. 302, then 6 miles NW on VT 232, then 1.5 miles E on Boulder Beach Rd.
Check-in for Big Deer is at Stillwater State Park. 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.
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 due to 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
The park has:
- 22 tent/RV sites
- 5 lean-to shelters
- Firewood available
- A restroom with flush toilets, hot and cold running water and coin-operated hot showers
Big Deer State Park is within close proximity to the six other parks in the Groton State Forest. While it is used primarily as a campground, there are plenty of other activities and attractions at the nearby parks.
This park has a park interpreter offering fun, hands-on activities. 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.