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Venture Vermont is back!
The Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge is open from April 15 - October 15, 2014 ! Join in the fun by downloading a scorecard from our website, check off different activities as you complete them, and take photos of yourself along the way.When you reach 250 points, you are eligible to receive a VIP token and free day use in the parks for the rest of the current season and the following year. Click here to download a scorecard.

Your input is wanted!
Vermont State Parks is proposing some modest fee increases to offset increasing operation and maintenance costs. Revenue generated from state park services helps to sustain and preserve Vermont's open spaces and environment. For a full description of the changes and information about how to provide your input, click here.
photo internsCheck out photos from our Photography Interns
They share their talent with us to capture the beauty, diversity and fun of Vermont State Parks! View their work and learn more about becoming a Photography Intern with state parks this season
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welcome to our campsite2-night Reservations begin Monday, March 3 at 9:00 am
Most parks require a minimum of a 4-night stay in order to make reservations before March 1st. We do this so that visitors that want to stay for a week or more are able to make reservations before all the weekends get booked. Then, beginning March 1, the minimum night stay drops to two nights. This year March 1st falls on a Saturday, so 2-night reservations will start at 9:00 am on March 3 to allow equal opportunity for both online and phone reservations.

February Newsletter
Read about this winter's owl irruption, recreation news and updates, ice fishing in Vermont, and more! Click here.

 

mt. philo state park Help shape the future of Vermont's First State Park!
We are looking for public input on how you would like the state to manage Mt. Philo State Park. Fill out this quick survey to share your thoughts.

park staffWe're hiring!
Have you always wanted to work in a park? Well now is your chance! We are accepting applications for the 2014 season. Work in some of Vermont's most beautiful places with some of Vermont's best people. Learn more
Record Red Pine Tree
A record-setting red pine tree has been discovered at Brighton State Park! Read about the discovery, learn about red pines in Vermont, and see photos on our blog. Click here.

New cabins at Button Bay
Two new cabins are available at Button Bay State Park. The cabins, Sedge and Sumac, were completed this past summer and have incredible views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Cabins are popular, so make your reservations for next summer now by booking online or calling our reservation line at 1-888-409-7579.

Extended Season for Lake Carmi and Niquette Bay
Vermont State Parks is pleased to announce that Lake Carmi and Niquette Bay State Parks will be extending their 2014 season through Columbus Day. Now you can enjoy both parks longer!

camping tips & tricks

Camping Tips & Tricks with Sarah, Frank & The Kids

Meet Sarah, Frank and family. They are one of our favorite, and funniest Vermont camping families. They've had their share of fun times and near mishaps and are here to help you learn everything you need to know to have a blast in camp and on the trail! View our complete How-to page, or choose from these options:
winter camping Off Season Park Use
Vermont State Parks never really close. You can go for a hike or walk anytime. We also permit off season camping in many parks. For everything you need to know see our Off Season Park Use page.

campingNow, Risk-free reservations!
Make that reservation now and plan your adventure in a Vermont State Park, you've got nothing to lose! If you have to cancel, just call the Reservation Call Center or the park by 2:00 PM on the day before your arrival. When you call, you can switch your reservation to a new date with no penalty. Now that's happy camping!
image of campfirePlease don't bring firewood to the parks! In order to prevent the spread of invasive forest pests, we only permit firewood that is from Vermont. Please do your part and help keep our Vermont forests healthy and beautiful!
 


 


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