Jamaica, VT 05343
Park Updates & Alerts
- The weight limit on the Depot Street Bridge leading into the park has a weight limit of 8 tons with no exceptions. Please be sure the total weight of your vehicle and RV does not exceed the limit.
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.
It is anticipated that two releases will happen in 2018. It is likely the spring release will be May 5 & 6, 2018. We expect to have the campground open for the event, and we are taking reservations by directly contacting our Reservation Call Center only (no online reservations). Reservations may be made for a 2-night minimum. 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 date has been set for September 22 and 23, 2018. Campsites are prioritized for paddlers and a 3 night minimum stay is required, and a maximum of two campsites may be reserved per customer. There is a maximum occupancy of 8 people per campsite, and two vehicles per campsite. Resale of campsites is not allowed. Campsite reservation holders will need to provide the park management a list of site occupants prior to the fall event. Campsites may be booked by calling our Reservation Call Center directly (no online reservations) 11 months in advance. In the fall, Vendors will be on hand selling food and gear. A Concession or Commercial License Agreement is required to serve/sell food, sell gear, and operate tours. The truck shuttle will run 8:30AM – 3:30 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sunday. Fees for the shuttle will be set in the summer of 2018. Shuttle tickets are sold on site; cash only accepted. You must provide proof of paid day or camping entry in order to buy a shuttle pass. Times and length of the releases and shuttle may vary due to water conditions and need.
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. Everyone entering the park must have proof of paid admission. Per person day fees are valid at Jamaica or any other park on the day paid. Paid parking passes off site are not valid for park entry.
Camping space at Jamaica State Park fills quickly in advance for event weekends, so book your stay now.
This park has a park interpreter offering fun, hands-on activities. Interpreters are park staff solely dedicated to helping you learn more about the natural and cultural history of the park. Some popular activities include night hikes, nature crafts and games, campfire programs and amphibian explorations.
Check out the calendar of current events to see some of the programs planned during your visit.