Plymouth, VT 05056
Park Updates & Alerts
- Firewood is not to be brought to parks from out of state UNLESS the wood is packaged, labeled as having been heat treated, and certified by USDA or the appropriate state department of agriculture. For more info, click here.
- Park entrance road is 0.9 miles to the park office. This is steep and narrow road is challenging for large trailers and RV’s.
Go 2 miles north on Hwy 100A.
Campers at Coolidge State Park are welcome to visit nearby Camp Plymouth State Park for swimming with no additional fee. Boat rentals and concessions are available.
A trip to Coolidge State Park is a trip back in time; the park remains essentially the way it was when it was first created in the 1930s. Known for its rustic feel, hillside campsites that give way to dramatic mountain views, and authentic character, Coolidge State Park is the developed recreation centerpiece of the 21,500 acre Calvin Coolidge State Forest, the largest state-owned land holding in central Vermont. Coolidge State Park is the only Vermont park with an entire loop of lean-to campsites, some of which have sweeping views of the Black River valley and the Green Mountains. Many campers feel that sites at Coolidge have the best views in all of Vermont. The park also has a loop of forested campsites, restroom facilities with showers, a hilltop picnic area with a log picnic shelter, a group camping area, and several remote lean-to campsites for those wishing to really escape it all.
Within the park, there are miles of hiking trails to explore, several streams home to elusive brook trout, and abundant wildlife. Some visitors are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a barred owl, a moose, or a black bear. Nearby is the village of Plymouth Notch, the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States.
Calvin Coolidge State Forest was established in 1925, when Perry Merrill (then head of State forests and parks) arranged the purchase of a tract of land in Plymouth. He was successful in obtaining funds for the property due to the great public interest in the Coolidge family and popularity of Plymouth Notch.
Camp Calvin Coolidge, located in Calvin Coolidge State Forest, was established June 9, 1933 as the third Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in Vermont. The original Coolidge State Park was built solely by the CCC. They also completed a network of forest highways and carried out extensive reforestation projects.
Much of what is now Coolidge State Forest was once cleared for tilled land and pasture, as evidenced by extensive stonewalls and many foundations. In the late nineteenth century there was a small town immediately adjacent to Coolidge State Park (later becoming part of the Forest). Businesses once located there included a store, blacksmith shop, and a hotel.
There are 36 lean-to sites and 26 tent/RV sites arranged in two camping loops. There are four restrooms providing flush toilets and hot water, two of which have coin-operated hot showers. There is a large picnic shelter and a group camping area. There is also a nature center, horseshoes and a play area. There is a sanitary dump station for RVs, but no hookups. There are also several hiking trails.
The picnic pavilion at Coolidge can be rented. This open pavilion seats up to 70 people and has electricity, grills, fireplaces, and picnic tables. The pavilion is accessible and a restroom is nearby.
Horse camping is permitted at Coolidge State Park where horses are allowed at some of the larger campsites (10, 11, 12, 16, 19, 21, 23). Vermont State Parks is working with the Vermont Horse Council to develop equestrian-specific amenities at Coolidge State Park. There are many miles of Class 3 and Class 4 town highways for riding easily accessible from the park. Some care is needed when bringing large vehicles and trailers into the park due to its steep mountain terrain, so please be sure to view the park overview. We hope to begin adding some infrastructure to improve sites. Longer term, we plan to develop a new group camping area that will have a wash station, portable corrals, hitching posts and a manure disposal area.