From the South:
Take I-89 to Exit 4; Turn left onto VT 66 West and travel for 1.6 mi; turn right onto Windover Rd. and travel for .4 mi.; continue straight onto VT 12 North for 10 mi.; turn right onto VT 65 East (a gravel road) and for 1.3 mi.; turn right onto Allis State Park Rd. up the hill and continue .5 mi. to park headquarters.
From the North:
Take I-89 to Exit 5; turn right onto VT 64 West and continue for 2.7 mi.; turn left onto VT 12 South for 4.4 mi.; turn left onto VT 65 East (gravel road) for 1.3 mi.; turn right onto Allis State Park Rd. up the hill and continue .5 mi. to park headquarters.
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About the Park:
Allis State Park was established in 1928 as Vermont’s second developed state park. The park is named for Wallace Allis, who willed his Bear Mountain Farm to the State of Vermont to be developed as a campground and recreational area. It is located on the summit of Bear Hill which provides sweeping views of central Vermont from a lookout tower once used to spot forest fires. On a clear day, Killington, Pico, and Mt Ascutney peaks are visible to the south; Camel's Hump and Mt. Mansfield to the north; Abraham, Lincoln, and Ellen to the west; the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the east.
The property was in the Allis family for several generations as a working farm. The entire hill was open pasture land with excellent views from just about any spot. Mr. Allis allowed the public to enjoy the views from the hill; its popularity led him to leave it to the State. Today, all that remains as evidence of the farm are many stone walls that crisscross the property.
The park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) beginning in 1932. They built up the access roads, constructed a massive timber picnic shelter, picnic grounds and a campground. The park has undergone several improvements and changes in operations since that time.
Camping is returning for the 2011 season after a two-year closure. Please note some important changes in the campground operation: There are no shower facilities and there is no hot water in the restroom. Drinking water is available from two spigots in the campground. There will be no regularly scheduled office hours at the park, so campers registering or checking in need to follow posted instructions for self registration. Staff is available on a limited basis; please follow all posted instructions at registration kiosk on the front porch of the ranger’s quarters. Limited trash service is available, so please minimize the amount of trash you leave behind.
You Can Rent the Pavilion at Allis
This open log pavilion seats up to 100 people, has electricity, a restroom and is accessible. Grills and fire places are available for use as well as 9 picnic tables. Hiking loops are nearby too. The rental fee is $100. Click here for more information.
Nearby things to do:
Bass fishing at nearby ponds; Norwich University Museum, Northfield; Vermont State House, State Museum of the Vermont, Historical Society, historic downtown, concerts & events, Sugar house tours, Farmer's Market, Montpelier; Vermont Granite Museum, Granite quarries, Barre; Porter Music Box Museum, Historic downtown, Randolph