Camel's Hump State Park
This is an undeveloped state park with no phone or developed visitor facilities.
For more info, contact:
Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Essex District Office
Green Mountain Club (GMC):
August 6, 2015:
Hump Brook Tenting Area and Montclair Glen Lodge are now OPEN for overnight visitors. Tenting at Montclair Glen Lodge is still prohibited for the time being.
There have been multiple encounters with bears in Camel’s Hump State Park with the most frequent incidents occurring at Hump Brook Tenting Area and Montclair Glen. One or more bears has lost its fear of humans and has been known to enter tents and shelters looking for food. In response, the Green Mountain Club, in cooperation with Forests, Parks, & Recreation, and Fish & Wildlife, has installed secure food storage at these overnight sites. Green Mountain Club caretakers are present at each site to educate visitors about proper food storage and preparation.
If you see a bear on the trail, make noise so you don’t surprise it, raise your hands over your head to appear larger, and back away slowly until you are out of sight of the bear; if the bear is between you and your car, give him a few minutes to move away from the trail before continuing your hike.
If you encounter a bear, please report it in the hiker registration book and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camel's Hump Map (pdf)
Camel's Hump Video
A Forest Reserve including the Park and three use districts was established by the legislation:
An ecological area, for preservation of rare plants and wilderness habitat, is between 2500 feet in elevation and the summit, plus Gleason Brook drainage down to 900 feet. It is studied for the impacts of environmental changes, such as air pollution, on the forest.
A timber management and wildlife area, from 1800 to 2500 feet in elevation, protects the ecological area, encourages wildlife, and preserves the natural appearance of the region as seen from the outside. Uses include timber production, wildlife management, hunting, hiking, Nordic skiing, and snowmobiling.
A multiple use area includes the balance of the land in the reserve. Uses are farming, seasonal and permanent homes, and those listed above for the timber management/wildlife area.
On the Duxbury side, the Monroe Trail is somewhat challenging, but there's also an accessible loop with its own parking area. This loop is 8/10 of a mile long, is wide and flat, and has three viewing spots to the summit of Camel's Hump - it's perfect for small kids and elders.
On the Huntington side, the Burrows Trail is a bit shorter and attracts lots of hikers. Always a good idea to get there early (8AM) on a good weather weekend day to get parked and on the trail.
All trails get more rugged as they get closer to the summit.