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Camping Tips & Tricks:
Plan Your Branbury State Park Weekend

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Branbury State Park offers the some of the best of swimming, boating, hiking and fishing Vermont has to offer.

Located on Lake Dunmore and next to the Moosalamoo Recreation Area in the Green Mountain National Forest, you can find a wide variety of hiking or mountain biking trails, grassy and sandy beachfront, boat rentals and interpretive programs.

Here we provide a ready-made itinerary full of fun stuff to do during a weekend camping trip to Branbury State Park


Explore the park, walk down to the lake, find out about nature programs (1 hour)

Take a hike on the Nature Trail (1 hour, 1/2 mile). Pick up an interpretive brochure at the park office and explore Branbury's easy-to-hike nature trail. The guide will teach you about the forest community that surrounds the park and its inhabitants.

If your kids are adventurous or a little older, try a hike up to the Falls of Lana (1 hour, 1 mile), with its beautiful cascading waterfalls and pools.

Trail Map & Guide

Back to camp, free time and lunch

Rent canoes or kayaks and paddle on Lake Dunmore (1 - 2 hours)
You don't need to own your own canoe or kayak to enjoy some time on the lake. Canoe, single kayak, double kayak and pedal boats are available to rent. Paddles and pfds are included and boats can be rented on an hourly, half-day or full day basis. If you do have your own boats, you are welcome to bring them.

Relax on the beach and go for a swim (1 hour)

Treat yourself to an ice cream from the park's snack bar

Back to camp. Gather wood for fire and build fire, cook dinner, play games. S'mores.

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Quick Links:

Park Web Page
Park Campground Map
Trail Map & Guide
Park Photo Gallery

Menu Ideas & Shopping Lists
Activities to do with Kids
Checklists & Instruction Sheets

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Breakfast in camp

Go fishing at the lake (1 - 2 hours)
Fish for species like brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, rainbow smelt, yellow perch, northern pike, large and small-mouthed bass, crappie and panfish. And did we mention trout? Kids under 15 don't need a fishing license. Short term 1, 3 or 7-day fishing licenses are available. Fishing licenses can be purchased online or be purchased at the park.

Attend an interpretive program (1 hour)
Branbury offers a fun variety of interpretive programs on the weekends. You might join a guided interpretive canoe trip, a birds of prey program, or make art out of recycled materials. For the latest schedule check out our Events web page.

Pack up Camp

Travel home, grab lunch on the road home.

Rainy Day Options

Other Options

See a movie
Marquis Theatre
65 Main Street, Middlebury 05443
(802) 786-8003

Visit an indoor family entertainment center
Whirlie's World
1232 Exchange Street, Middlebury 05443
(802) 989-7351
Bounce houses, black light mini golf, XBox & Nintendo, pool table, arcade games, concession stand.

Visit an Historic Site

Fort Ticonderoga
30 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, NY 12883
(518) 585-2821
This is the scene of America's first major victory in its struggle for independence. Museum, special events, daily programs, hands-on family activities, tours.

Visit a fish hatchery
Salisbury Fish Culture Station
646 Lake Dunmore Road, Salisbury 05769
(802) 352-4371
The Salisbury Fish Culture Station produces about 9 million trout eggs annually and has the largest fish of any Vermont hatchery. Kids love seeing the fish close up and visiting is a great learning opportunity.

Visit Mount Independence
Mount Independence State Historic Site
497 Mount Independent Road, Orwell 05760
(802) 759-2412
In 1776, the military complex at Mount Independence was one of the largest communities in North America. Visit the Revolutionary War fort on easy hiking trails that pass through nearly 300 acres of pasture and woodlands. Spectacular views overlooking Lake Champlain and the surrounding countryside.

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