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Plan your Ricker Pond State Park Weekend

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Ricker Pond State Park is a sweet little family park located in the 26,000 acre forest.

You'll hear loons at night and while you are staying at Ricker Pond, you can get into all other Groton Parks, six in all, for free.

You'll never run out of things to do at Ricker Pond State Park.

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


Breakfast in camp; pack bagged lunches

Explore the park, walk down to pond; do a little morning fishing
(1.5 hours)

Ride bikes on the Cross Vermont Trail
(1 - 3 hours)
You can pick up this trail right from the park. While the trail runs across the entire state of Vermont (thus the name), the Groton section is particularly enjoyable because it is built on an old railroad bed. The grade is easy and the scenery is fantastic. Ten miles of the trail runs through the Groton Forest. Make it an out and back trip, with a stop for lunch along the way. Complete trail map, guide and directions.

Back to camp. Leave bikes, grab beach gear

Swim, Sun and Relax at
Boulder Beach State Park (1 - 2 hours)
You can choose to hang out and swim and sun at the Campers' Beach at Ricker Pond, but if you're looking for a bigger beach and a little more action, checkout nearby Boulder Beach State Park. The park features a long, sandy beach, lots of lawns and shade trees, individual picnic spots around the lake, a concession stand and canoe and kayak rentals.

Back to camp, relax

Dinner, campfire, S’mores, play in campground

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Breakfast in camp, be lazy, play games, read. Pack up Camp (2 - 3 hours).

Take a trip to the Giant's Stone Table, play a game or save a snack to eat at the table (1/2 hour)

Leave the Park

High Famous Owl's Head (1 hour)
This is an easy hike to an iconic vista of Lake Groton, Kettle Pond and the Green Mountains. The trail starts off the road from New Discovery State Park to the Osmore Pond Scenic Area. The trail, and the stone shelter on the summit were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's. Download a map and guide.

Attend an Interpretive Program and/or visit the Nature Center (1 hour)
There are many interpretive programs offered in the Groton Forest parks. You can usually find morning, afternoon and evening programs throughout the summer. You may go on an owl prowl, a wildflower walk, do an arts and crafts projects, play nature games, see live birds of prey or learn about water creatures. The nature center is full of cool things like feathers and owl pellets and animal bones. You can also look at field guides and other materials to help you learn about life in the forest. View the current schedule of events.

Travel home, get lunch on the road


Rainy Day Options

Other Options

Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury
(802) 748-2372 05819
Northern New England's Natural History Musuem. Space gallery, OmniGlobe, hands-on rotating and permanent displays. Also, bring your questions about rocks, bones, bugs, forests or anything else natural and the naturalists will provide the answers!

Cabot Cheese Factory
2878 Main Street, Cabot 05647
(800) 837-4261
Take a factory tour and watch talented cheese makers create award-winning cheddars and enjoy plenty of free samples.

Rock of Ages Quarry
580 Graniteville Road, Graniteville 05654
(877) 870-9057
Check out a 600 feet deep quarry that was featured in a Star Trek Movie! Take a tour, watch artisans carve stone. Try it yourself by sandblasting your own stone souvenir.

Groton Growers' Market
Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
1476 Scott Highway, Groton 05046
(802) 584-3276
Pick up some farm-fresh fruits, meats, vegetables, baked goods and crafts made locally.

Hike Kettle Pond Loop (2.5 hours/3 miles)

6693 State Forest Road, Groton
(802) 426-3042
Just down the road from Ricker Pond State Park is Kettle Pond. Park in the designated parking lot, then take a short trail to the lakeshore. There is a moderate loop hike that goes around this secluded lake. Look for remote lean-tos deep in the woods and keep your ears open for loons. Great views, too. View hiking map and guide.

Visit Seyon Lodge State Park
2967 Seyon Pond Road, Groton 05046
(802) 584-3829
Noyes Pond at Seyon Lodge is Vermont's only public fly fishing trout pond. You can rent a row boat and fish on the lake, or walk the trail along the lake and soak in the gorgeous scenery. Seyon also serves meals, often pizza crafted in a home made, wood-fired brick pizza oven. Call ahead for meal times.

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Park Events
All summer you can attend free concerts, nature and interpretive programs in the parks, see our schedule.


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