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Vermont State Parks' Top Five: Family Camping
Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle

As its name implies, Grand Isle State Park is located on the largest island in Lake Champlain.  The Lake Champlain Islands are a unique part of Vermont – Its relatively flat landscape and mild temperatures create ideal growing conditions, supporting many family farms, vineyards, and orchards. 

Framed by the Adirondack Mountains to the west and the Green Mountains to the east, the relatively flat landscape and expansive lake views make for some of the best bike riding in the state. 

With over 4,000 feet of shoreline on Lake Champlain, and its proximity to both Montreal and Burlington, Grand Isle is a popular destination for many families, some of whom spend their entire vacations here.   Swimming, biking and paddling are all popular activities, and the park has daily interpretive programs and special events like concerts and dances.  Nearby, you can explore the world’s oldest fossil reef, the nation’s oldest log cabin, a fish hatchery, or the Echo Aquarium and Science Center. 

The park has tent sites, lean-to’s cabins, boat rentals, volleyball, horseshoes, a nature walk and a play area.  Your paid camping registration also gets you free entry into nearby Knight Point, Alburgh Dunes, North Hero, Niquette Bay, and Sand Bar State Parks, where day-use facilities include hiking and walking trails, more beaches, and some very scenic picnic sites.



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