From Island Pond: Go 2 mi. E on Hwy 105, then 3/4 mi. S on local road.
N44° 47.794' W71° 51.305' Directions/Map
About the Park:
Welcome to Brighton State Park. The outstanding attraction of this area is its remoteness: mountains with tree-covered slopes, fast running streams, and clear lakes. The wild lands to the northeast and southeast of the town of Island Pond are suited to the angler, the hunter, or the outdoor lover who likes to roam away from developed roads or towns. Logging roads into the deeper reaches of this area offer adventurous side trips.
Island Pond enjoyed a heyday from the late 1800's until the Depression years, along with the fortunes of the Grand Trunk railroad between Montreal, Canada and Portland, Maine. Island Pond was the site of the first international railroad junction in the United States. At the height of the town’s population, its streets were lively with railroad men and loggers, most of whom rode in on one of the 13 rail tracks that passed through town. A mere two tracks remain today. The unique wooden bridge, which once held all 13 tracks, is gone, but the heritage of railroading is still evident in the well-kept train station and a few associated structures at the north end of town.
Brighton State Park is located on the shores of Spectacle Pond. A sandy day use beach and bathhouse is located on Island Pond just a half mile from the campground.
The campground sits on the mostly undeveloped Spectacle Pond where it is common to hear loons calling at night. There are 5 cabins, 61 tent/RV sites and 23 leantos. All three restrooms include hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups. There are hiking trails, a camper's beach with boat rentals, nature museum, an amphitheater, a garage theater, and play area. At the nearby day use area there is a long sandy beach, (at the southern end of Island Pond), a bathhouse with restrooms, and rental boats.
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
Nearby Things to Do:
Mountain biking at Kingdom Trails Association, Bald Mountain Fish Hatchery, Newark; Maple Grove Museum, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury.