Stillwater State Park is part of the 26,000 acre Groton Forest and is located on the shores of Lake Groton. This area is so special because there are six state parks clustered within the forest, each with its own personality and recreational opportunities. When you are a registered camper at one Vermont park, you receive free entry to all others, so a stay in the forest is truly a vacation destination.
Stillwater State Park is known for its great family programs. During your stay you might participate in a bike parade, a pancake breakfast, or you might make “fairy houses” or attend a live raptor program. The park has several campers beaches and provides tent and lean-to camping. Just down the road is the Groton Nature Center where you can learn more about the forest or pick up one of the many forest hiking trails. In fact, the trail network within the forest is one of the best in the state, where you and your family can choose a number of trails suited to your ability and interest. The Cross-Vermont Trail is a multi-use rail trail perfect for a family bike outing.
Just down the road from the Nature Center is Boulder Beach State Park with its long sand beach and ideal swimming. Not to be missed is a trip up to Owls Head, an easy hike to a stone tower with an amazing view of the forest – and without a house in sight. Also fun for day excursions are remote Kettle or Osmore Ponds, where you’ll likely hear the call of loons. Oh, and watch for moose – they are common in the forest, and at Stillwater in particular.