State Parks within Groton State Forest
These parks can be located on the Groton State Forest Map. The following overview descriptions are taken from the brochures that describe the individual state parks in more detail. For more information, including park maps and reservation information, follow the links to the individual park web site pages.
Boulder Beach State Park
This park is located on the eastern shores of 423-acre Lake Groton. This day use area has 75 shaded picnic sites with tables and grills. There is 200 feet of beach and swimming area, a car top boat launch, play area, shelter with group facilities, three large parking lots, and a concession stand. All rest rooms have lavatories and flush toilets. Day use fees are collected at Boulder Beach State Park from users that are not registered at a another state campground or other overnight park facility.
Kettle Pond State Park (Group and Remote Camping)
The campground is located on the shores of Kettle Pond, an undeveloped pond. There are 26 lean-tos arranged into five separate groups designed to accommodate a variety of different organizations, such as scouts, churches, clubs or other social institutions. There are two composting toilets, two double pit toilets and a hand pump well for drinking water. There is a swimming area, and miles of hiking and multiple use trails in Groton State Forest. Six remote campsites/lean-to's on the pond are also available.
New Discovery State Park & Osmore Pond
This campground has 46 tent/trailer sites and 15 lean-tos. Seven of the sites are designed to accommodate horse campers. Both rest rooms include hot showers. A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups for RVs. There is a play area and miles of hiking and multiple use trails. Four remote campsites, a picnic shelter with rest rooms and picnic sites with fireplace and table are located at Osmore Pond, approximately 1 mile from the campground. Swimming is available at Boulder Beach State Park.
Osmore Pond is a 48-acre undeveloped, no-motors permitted pond, accessible through New Discovery State Park. There is a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) picnic shelter and picnic area at the end of the road on the west side of the pond. Along with the picnic shelter, 19 picnic sites and associated trail work had been built by the CCC in the 1930s but had fallen into disuse and disrepair by the end of the century. An ambitious restoration program commenced during the summer of 2001 to construct new tables, rebuild fireplaces, and clear old trails. The restoration was a volunteer effort by the Buzzell families from Stow, MA, Milton, NH, and Paonia, CO, and the Murphy family from Berlin, NH. Work continues on these sites; volunteerism is alive and well. All picnic sites have a picnic table and a native-rock fireplace with a cooking grill. There is drinking water available at 3 faucets. Flush toilets are located in the picnic shelter, along with a large fireplace and seating for 75. The picnic shelter may be reserved for large gatherings. Firewood may be purchased at New Discovery Campground. There is a day fee for the use of the area. Although not a designated swimming area, Osmore Pond is stocked with brook trout and is a small-boater's retreat. Canoes and rowboats are available for rental. Hiking trails to Big Deer and Little Deer summits as well as the Hosmer Brook Trail are accessible from the Osmore Pond Trail circling the pond. There are four remote lean-to camping sites, each with a fireplace and picnic table that are accessible only by hiking or boating. There is a "boat to a remote" package for those without a boat.
Ricker Pond State Park
This campground has 27 tent/trailer
sites, 23 lean-tos, 5 cabins and a waterfront rental cottage that comfortably
sleeps up to 5 and comes with a canoe. Two of the three rest rooms include hot
showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups. There is a
swimming beach, boat launch, shelter, and access to miles of hiking trails.
Seyon Lodge State Park
Situated on the pristine shores of
Noyes Pond, Seyon Lodge provides year-round lodging and meeting facilities for
individual guests and groups, including small conferences, retreats, and
weddings. Private and semi-private rooms accommodate 16 overnight guests, while
a fully equipped commercial kitchen prepares meals, catering to the whims of
the guests. Hiking and cross-country ski trails provide easy access to
the solitude of the surrounding forests. Fly fishing for brook trout on Noyes
Pond is considered among the best in Vermont, with boat rentals available at the
Facilities include 8 private and semi-private guest rooms with full meal service available, and also a large conference room.
Stillwater State Park
This Campground is located on the shores of 423-acre Lake Groton. The park was established in the 1930's and consists of a campground with 60 tent/trailer sites and 19 lean-tos. All rest rooms include hot showers. There is a sanitary dump station available, but no hookups for RVs. There is a swimming beach, boat launch/dock facility, play area and miles of hiking and multiple use trails in the adjacent state forest. The Groton Nature Center is nearby.
Big Deer State Park
This campground has 23 tent/trailer sites and 5 lean-tos. The rest room includes hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available at Stillwater, but no hookups. There's easy access to the Nature Center, Boulder Beach and miles of hiking trails.
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