From Hydeville: Go 4 mi. N on West Shore Rd., on western shore of lake.
N43° 39.461' W73° 13.743' Directions/Map
About the Park:
Welcome to Bomoseen State Park. The 3,576-acre park is located in the Taconic Mountains on the shores of Lake Bomoseen, the largest lake entirely within Vermont’s borders. The Taconics are the slate-producing region of Vermont, and the area's history parallels the rise and fall of Vermont's slate industry. The park contains several quarry holes and their adjacent colorful slate rubble piles as reminders of this period. These quarries provided slate for the West Castleton Railroad and Slate Company, a complex of 60 to 70 buildings that stood between Glen Lake and Lake Bomoseen. Several slate buildings and foundations remain in the park. A self-guided Slate History Trail leads hikers through remnants of this bygone era.
Part of the area comprising the park was owned by the Lake Shore Slate Co., owned and operated by Samuel L. Hazard. When Mr. Hazard passed away in 1929 the remaining property was left to his stepdaughter, Martha Warren. Mrs. Warren lived there year round, before making it her summer home. In 1959 she donated approximately 365 acres of land and included buildings to the State for recreational purposes and as a refuge and sanctuary for wildlife. A collection of historical objects is located in Mrs. Warren’s former home, which also includes the Park Ranger’s quarters.
First opened to the public in 1960, the park boundaries encompass more than 2,000 acres surrounding nearby Glen Lake and forested land comprising the camping area that is Half Moon State Park. Several hiking trails, including one to Half Moon, provide great hiking and wildlife-viewing opportunities. Boating, fishing and swimming are popular in Lake Bomoseen and nearby Glen Lake.
The campground contains 66 campsites including 10 lean-tos. Some sites are wooded and some are grassy and open. Some are located along the lakeshore. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. The park has a beach for swimming and a picnic area. A snack bar concession and boat rentals (Canoe, kayak, row, and pedal) are available at the beach. Several hiking trails, including one to Half Moon State Park, provide great hiking opportunities. There is boating and fishing in Lake Bomoseen, as well as in nearby Glen Lake.
Park Interpreter Programs:
There is a Park Interpreter offering fun, hands-on activities at this park. Interpreters are park staff solely dedicated to helping you learn more about the natural and cultural history of this park. Are you curious about some of the animals that live in the park? Are you wondering the history of this place you love to visit? Get answers to all your questions by attending interpretive programs, or by having a chat with the Park Interpreter during your visit. Some popular activities available are night hikes, nature crafts, campfire programs, amphibian explorations, and nature games. Check out the calendar of current events to see some of the programs planned during your visit, look for program schedules displayed in the park, and stop by the nature center to learn more.
Click here for a calendar of events at all parks on our department website
You Can Rent the Pavilion at Bomoseen
This open pavilion seats up to 100 people and has electricity, grills, picnic tables, and accessibility. Restrooms are nearby. The cost is $100 Friday - Sunday and FREE Monday - Thursday. Click here for more information.
Nearby Things to Do:
Hubbardton Battlefield; Wilson Castle and Vermont Marble Exhibit, Proctor; Morgan Horse Farm, Middlebury; Lake Champlain Ferries; Devils Bowl Speedway, Benson; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Independence Farm, Orwell.