Park Updates & Alerts
- No boat rentals, concessions, or picnic tables are available as part of our COVID-19 response.
- Please be on the lookout for heavy equipment. Trail and culvert repairs are active in Groton State Forest. Areas where work is being done include the box culvert just east of the P&H truck stop and the railroad bed throughout Groton State Forest.
- As of 10/19/20, Owls Head Access Road and all trail sections leading to the Owls Head overlook are closed to public traffic due to tree felling in the area. Any form of public traffic, including vehicles and walkers up and down the road, is not permitted. Please be on the lookout for logging trucks and equipment if recreating nearby.
- Firewood is not to be brought to parks 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.
Go 2 miles west on U.S. 302, then 7.5 miles NW on VT 232.
This park is one of seven parks in the Groton State Forest. These parks are all within close proximity to one another (some within walking distance) and entry to one provides free entry to all. Combined, the parks offer a range of activities and attractions.
As early as 1704 Native Americans and the French were using routes through Groton to reach Canada and Massachusetts. Colonists settled this area of Vermont slightly earlier than the rest of the state due to the accessibility the network of waterways provided.
The rocky, tree-covered hillsides were originally covered by white pine, spruce, hemlock, beech, maple and birch. They were logged by local farmers for lumber, fuel and potash. The logging industry was large scale for almost 100 years while the railroad was operating. Today, logging is still a vital industry in the area, but has lost some of its dominance in favor of modern society's leisure time movement: private cottages and seasonal homes, park development and a variety of outdoor recreation activities.
Facilities / Amenities
The campground is located on the shores of Kettle Pond, an undeveloped pond. There are 26 lean-to's arranged into five separate groups designed to accommodate a variety of different groups and organizations such as scouts, churches, clubs or other social institutions. There are two composting toilets and two double pit toilets. There is no potable water at this site, but you can get water at nearby New Discovery State Park. There is a campers' beach and miles of hiking and multiple use trails in Groton State Forest. 7 remote lean-to’s and one remote tent platform are also available.
Additionally, the Groton Nature Center is nearby and serves all the state parks in the Groton State Forest.
Day use parking: Day use parking for hiking and boating is separate from the campground and is located adjacent to VT Route 232. The hiking trail and boat portage trail is located in the northwest corner of the parking near the kiosk.