Jamaica, VT 05343
Park Updates & Alerts
- The weight limit for the town's bridge leading into the park has been downgraded to 8 tons. Be sure to check the weight of your RV or trailer unit!
Go 1/2 mile east on Depot St.
The weight limit for the town's bridge leading into the park has been downgraded to 8 tons. Be sure to check the weight of your RV or trailer unit!
Jamaica State Park, now comprising 772 acres, was completed and opened to the public in 1969.
Previously, the area had supported a few small farms and a sawmill. The West River Railroad ran through what is now the state park. The old railroad bed is now used as the trail that leads along the West River to Ball Mountain Dam. The railroad operated from about 1879 until 1927, when a flood wiped most of it out.
Jamaica State Park is located on a bend of the West River about one-half mile from the center of the town of Jamaica. Nearby to the north is Ball Mountain. Hamilton Falls is located about one mile up Cobb Brook, which enters the West River upstream from the park. The West River has a very large drainage area extending from Weston and the south side of Terrible Mountain to Windham on the east and Bromley on the west.
The West River is also a favorite spot for many fishermen. The combination of deep slow running water and shallow fast ripples makes for some fine fishing.
Facilities / Amenities
There are 41 tent/RV sites and 18 lean-to sites that are spread throughout the campground. There are two restrooms with flush toilets, hot and cold running water and coin-operated hot showers. A picnic shelter for campers and a small nature center are located near the picnic area and swimming hole. A hiking trail follows the West River and branches off toward Hamilton Falls.
White water release
There will be two Ball Mountain Dam releases this year, in both May and September. Please see below for more details.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers periodically schedules water releases from the Ball Mountain Dam for recreational paddling on the West River.The controlled releases make for great whitewater paddling. Jamaica State Park is the center of paddling activity. In the fall, a truck shuttle (fee service) operates on a two-mile stretch of the West River Trail within the park which allows paddlers to maximize time on the most popular section class II to IV rapids.
This year, the Corps has two releases scheduled. The first one is May 6 and 7, 2017. The campground will be open from 2 PM Friday, May 5 through 11 AM Monday, May 7 for the release. Reservations may be made with a 2-night minimum through our Reservations Center or through our online reservation portal. If you plan to paddle all day Sunday, you either need to vacate your campsite by 11 AM or book your site through Sunday night.
The Fall release is tentatively scheduled for September 23 and 24, 2017. Campsites are prioritized for paddlers and a 3 night minimum stay is required. In the fall, Vendors will be on hand selling food and gear. The truck shuttle is tentatively scheduled to run 8:30AM – 3:30 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sunday. Fees for the shuttle are $15 for a single ride and $25 for a one-day pass. Shuttle tickets are sold on site; cash only accepted. Times and length of the releases and shuttle may vary due to water conditions.
Day use for the event weekends is paid at the park entrance. Bracelets will be issued for day entry ensuring fast re-entry for those that leave the park. Per person day fees are valid at Jamaica or any other park on the day paid. Paid parking passes off site are no longer valid for park entry.
Special note for all campers during the whitewater events: There is a MAXIMUM of 8 campers per site. In recent years, camping registration has become increasingly chaotic and difficult to manage. New this year, Park management will be in touch with campers that have sites reserved for the fall weekend to obtain a list of occupants for campsites. Each camper will be issued a weekend pass unique to each individual that will allow access to camping and day use upon re-entry during the time of the camping stay. Please be sure your campsite occupants are registered with the Park Manager. People not registered to your camping party will not be allowed to camp.
Camping space at Jamaica State Park fills quickly in advance for event weekends, so book your stay now.