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Little River State Park

 

Located in Waterbury
Kids playing on the shore at Little River State Park

Little River State Park
3444 Little River Rd.
Waterbury, Vermont 05676

Park Phone: 802-244-7103

Season: May 16 - Columbus Day Weekend

Pets are permitted in the campground, but are not allowed in cabins or at beaches.

 

Little River State Park Interactive Campground Map & Guide (pdf)

Photo Gallery

Little River Video

Little River History Hike (pdf)

Little River Nature Trail Hike (pdf)

Little River Area History Map (pdf)

Nature Center Programs

Friends of Waterbury Reservoir

Management Plan Set for Waterbury Reservoir Remote Campsites

Weather Forecast for Little River

Located on the Green Mountain Byway

Letterboxing in Little River State Park

 

 

Directions:
From Jct. Hwy 100 and U.S. 2: Go 1-1/2 mi. W on U.S. 2, then 3-1/2 mi. N on Little River Rd. Located 30 miles south of Burlington just off I-89.

N44° 23.392' W72° 46.041'   Directions/Map

About the Park:

In the early 1800s, pioneers cleared fields, rocks, and stumps in Ricker Basin and Cotton Brook. A settlement of 50 or so families once lived in this area. The hard demands of the land and weather forced younger generations to abandon the farms. Today, old cemeteries, sawmill remains, old town roads, bridges and many cellar holes can still be seen as evidence of a past community.

On November 3 and 4 of 1927, torrential rains caused local rivers to rise and drove residents to their roofs. Between 1935 and 1938 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, constructed Waterbury Reservoir. The CCC camp here was a fully operating, thriving community with more than 80 buildings, and housing 2,000 men at its peak. Now, half a century later, only a few solitary chimneys and concrete foundations remain.

Today, Little River State Park is one of the most popular parks in central Vermont. Waterbury Reservoir is particularly favored for boating with a portion of the reservoir devoted to quieter uses. Angling for bass and trout is as popular here as water-skiing.
Enjoy swimming beaches, play areas, boat rentals and a launch, and miles of hiking and mountain bike trails in the adjacent Mt. Mansfield State Forest. Self-guided history and nature trails are located close to the camping area.

Little River State Park, which is part of Mt. Mansfield State Forest, primarily consists of a campground with 81 tent/trailer sites, 20 lean-tos and five cabins. This is central Vermont's largest and most popular campground. Three of the four restrooms include hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups. Within the campground, there are swimming beaches, play areas, a boat launch, ball field, and boat rentals for campers. (For day use boat rentals and swimming, see Waterbury Center State Park). Adjacent to the park are miles of hiking trails for campers and day users that take in the rich cultural and natural history of the area.

Nearby Things to Do:

Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, Waterbury; Cold Hollow Cider Mill and Green Mountain Club Headquarters, Waterbury Center; Alpine Slide and Gondolas, Stowe; Granite Quarries, Barre; State Capitol and Historical Society, Montpelier; Camel's Hump, North Duxbury; Waterbury Flea Market, Waterbury. 30 miles to Burlington, Vermont.

 



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