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Jamaica State Park

 

Located in Jamaica, Londonderry
Fly fishing at Jamaica State Park

Jamaica State Park
48 Salmon Hole Ln.
Jamaica, Vermont 05343

Park Phone: 802-874-4600

Open for day use:
10:00 AM - Official Sunset

Season: May 9 - Columbus Day Weekend

ALERT: The weight limit for the town's bridge leading into Jamaica State Park has been downgraded to 8 tons.

Campers with large RV or trailer units should check their total weight to ensure they meet the reduced weight limit.

Pets are permitted at this park

 

Jamaica State Park Interactive Campground Map & Guide (pdf)

Photo Gallery

Jamaica State Park Recreational Trail Guide (pdf)

Valley Quest: Grafton Cave

Valley Quest: Fort #4's Past and Present

Valley Quest: the Acworth Bird Collection and History Mystery

Valley Quest: Herrick's Cove

36 Miles O' Trouble (pdf)

West River Whitewater Weekend at Jamaica State Park *2 days for 2014*

USGS Gaging Station Data at Salmon Hole

US Army Corps Ball Mountain Dam Website

Weather Forecast for Jamaica

 

 

Directions:
From Jamaica, VT: Go 1/2 mi. E on
Depot St.

N43° 6.332' W72° 46.370'    Directions/Map

About the Park:

Jamaica State Park, now comprising 772 acres, was completed and opened to the public in 1969.

Previously, the area had supported a few small farms and a sawmill. The West River Railroad ran through the park. The old railroad bed is now used as the trail that leads along the West River to Ball Mountain Dam. The railroad operated from about 1879 until 1927, when a flood wiped most of it out.

The area at Salmon Hole, now used as the swimming area, was the site of a famous Indian Massacre in 1748.

Jamaica State Park is located on a bend of the West River about one-half mile from the center of the town of Jamaica. Nearby to the north is Ball Mountain. Hamilton Falls is located about one mile up Cobb Brook, which enters the West River upstream from the park. The West River has a very large drainage area extending from Weston and the south side of Terrible Mountain to Windham on the east and Bromley on the west.

Every fall, on one weekend in September, there is a water release on the West River from Ball Mountain Dam that draws whitewater paddlers to the park.

The West River is also a favorite spot for many fishermen. The combination of deep slow running water and shallow fast ripples makes for some fine fishing.

There are 41 tent/trailer sites and 18 lean-to sites that are spread out through the campground. Two rest rooms, complete with hot showers ($), are located in the campground. A picnic shelter and nature center are located near the picnic area and swimming hole. A hiking trail follows the West River and branches off toward Hamilton Falls.

Nearby Things to Do:

Hamilton Falls, Hildene - Robert Todd Lincoln's home, Manchester. A theater and shops, Weston; Art Center, Manchester; Alpine Slide, Bromley; Townshend Dam Recreation Area.

 



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