Mt. Philo State Park
5425 Mt Philo Rd.
Charlotte, Vermont 05445
Park Phone: 802-425-2390
Open for day use:
10:00 AM - Official Sunset
Season: Memorial Day Weekend - Columbus Day Weekend
Please note: Caution: steep entrance and camp roads - not recommended for trailers. Busses and limos aren't permitted on the mountain road but can park in the lower lot.
Mt. Philo wll be closed to the public October 14-16 due to a special event, the Sports Club Hill Climb car race.
Pets are permitted
Mt. Philo State Park Interactive Campground Map & Guide (pdf)
Mt. Philo Birding Guide (pdf)
Weather Forecast for Mt. Philo
Located on the Lake Champlain Byway
View the interactive map of the Mt. Philo Summit Trail:
View Mt. Philo Main Trail in a larger map
From Jct. Hwy 22A and U.S. 7: Go 6 mi N on U.S. 7, then 1 mi E on local road
N44° 16.700' W73° 13.342' Directions/Map
About the Park:
The 237-acre park is located atop Mt. Philo (968' elevation) and overlooks the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. A narrow, steep road (not recommended for trailers or vehicles over 22 ft) provides visitors access to the top of the mountain. This is Vermont's oldest state park, created in 1924.
A small camping area with a total of 10 sites including 3 lean-tos is located on the north side of the mountain. Restrooms and hot showers ($) are provided. The mountaintop picnic area offers spectacular views of the lake, valley, and mountains to the south and west. Hiking trails lead from the base to summit. Swimming is available at Kingsland Bay State Park (6 miles) or Button Bay State Park (15 miles). There is boating, fishing, and sailing in nearby Lake Champlain.
You Can Rent the Summit Lodge at
The rustic 1930's Lodge can seat up to 60 people and has electricity, grills, tables, chairs, working fireplace, and a nearby restroom. The connected covered pavilion has a working fireplace and refrigerator closet, and is included in the rental. The Lodge costs $200 to rent per day Monday - Friday and $300 Saturday or Sunday. Click here for more information.
School groups at Mt. Philo:
School groups are welcome at Mt. Philo State Park at a discounted rate of .50 cents per student during the school season. The number of school groups are limited due to the impact of the trails and facilities. Pre-registration is encouraged to insure all schools enjoy the park without significant overlap. Please contact the Park Ranger at 802-425-2390 to register.
Nearby Things to Do:
Rokeby Museum, Basin Harbor Maritime Museum, Crown Point Historic Site, Chimney Point Historic Site, Fort Ticonderoga, Shelburne Museum, Lake Champlain Ferries, and the Morgan Horse Farm, Middlebury.