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cookoffEnter the Campfire Cook-off Video Contest!
Submit a video of you preparing your favorite outdoor cooking recipe and you can win a prize package that includes camping, firewood, ice and Vermont products -- plus, the best prize of all: bragging rights.

Send videos, along with a written recipe to October 10, 2016.

Individual and team submissions are welcome.

Cooking needs to be done over wood or charcoal. You can grill on a BBQ, either at camp or at home, but no gas cooking is permitted.

Bonus points will be awarded using healthy and local foods.

Recipes and videos will be shared online and winners will be chosen via online voting.

Read complete contest rules here.

New Mountain Bike Trails Set To Open at Little River State Park
Trails' grand opening ceremony will be September 23rd at 1pm in the park, and everyone is invited.

More details here.
See you out on the trails!
Columbus Day Weekend Availability
What will the weather be like over the long weekend? Who knows! Many of our parks still have availability over Columbus Day weekend, but don't wait too long to make your reservation!

Full list of park options here
Our 2016 Parks of the Year have been announced
Congratulations to Button Bay, Green River Reservoir, Lake Carmi, and Silver Lake State Parks! Thank you all for a great season, and keep up the good work!
Hot Off The Press: Vermont State Parks' July Newsletter
Read about newts, park events, get summer camping ideas, and more!

Full summer newsletter here
The 2016 Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge Is On!
Complete various outdoor activities (and take pictures) to earn points. When you reach 250 points, you win free park admission for all this year and next!

Download a score sheet to get started >>
Vermont State Parks Are Opening For 2016! Are You Ready?
Excited to get out into the parks? So are we! Wilgus State Park opened on April 29th, and other parks will be opening weekly afterwards. All of our parks will be open by Memorial Day.

Check out the full list of 2016 operating dates here>>
We Want To Hear Your Opinions About Molly's Falls State Park!
Here is your chance to weigh in on our newest State Park, Molly's Falls, located on the Marshfield Reservoir, by completing the online survey. This is your chance to help shape the future of this new park!
Complete the survey>>
Mud Season Hiking: Where to Go and Not Go
It's still mud season in Vermont, at least at higher elevations, and we want to remind hikers to please stay off muddy trails. Hiking on muddy trails compacts the soil and can cause severe damage.
So, if there is mud on the ground, turn around!
Here are some other options for hiking in mud season>>
Check Out Our Spring 2016 Newsletter!
This issue features articles on Venture Vermont, woods frogs, spring flowers, and more. Get informed and set before the upcoming summer 2016 season at Vermont State Parks.
Read our April Newsletter>>
ncccVermont State Parks Receives Federal Award
The Americorps National Civilian Community Corps has named Vermont "Project Sponsor of the Year" for providing exceptional project supervision and support to crews working at Ascutney and Wilgus State Parks as well as the newly acquired Muckross property.
Read the full story.
happy park staffVermont State Parks Hosted Over 1 Million visitors this year!
That hasn't happened in 27 years and has only occurred four other times over the 91-year history of the park system.

Thanks for your support! 

Our 2015 Parks of the Year have been announced
Congratulations to Wilgus, Branbury, Sand Bar, and New Discovery State Parks! Keep up the good work.

Introducing the new "Trail Finder" website
Looking for the perfect hike but aren't sure where to go? Visit to narrow your search by location, trail difficulty, or keyword.

vermont parks foreverVermont Parks Forever: The Foundation for Vermont State Parks
Thanks to a dedicated group of dynamic park lovers, Vermont State Parks has some new champions. Vermont Parks Forever leverages private resources to expand access, increase educational opportunities and welcome the next generation to Vermont State Parks. We greatly appreciate your support!

Visit the website today!

Vermont State Parks Blog
The Vermont State Parks blog is your destination for information on different parks, cool nature facts, events and activities across the state, and much more! To visit the blog, click here.

don't move firewood Only firewood from Vermont is permitted in our state parks
Please help prevent invasive species from damaging Vermont's forests by not transporting firewood. Wood can be brought from within Vermont, or you can purchase wood in the campgrounds.

Learn more about what you can do to prevent invasive species.

Camping Tips & Tricks with Sarah, Frank & The Kids

Meet Sarah, Frank and family. They are one of our favorite, and funniest Vermont camping families. They've had their share of fun times and near mishaps and are here to help you learn everything you need to know to have a blast in camp and on the trail! View our complete How-to page.

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