3444 Little River Rd.
Waterbury, Vermont 05676
Season: May 21 - October 24
Camping Camping: 70 tent/RV sites, 20 lean-to sites
Cabin/cottage/lodge Cabins/ Cottages: 5 cabins available to rent
Pets Pets are not permitted on beaches, in designated swim areas or in most cabins. Pets are allowed elsewhere throughout the park. Pets can swim at the boat launch area in section A. At this time, only the Bear cabin is pet-friendly.

Park Updates & Alerts

  • A majority of the Hedgehog Hill Loop Trail and the entirety of the Ricker Farm Trail are currently closed due to an aggressive Goshawk that may be nesting 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.
  • Information on the Foster Trail Landslide, Mt. Mansfield State Forest.
  • The Bear cabin is now pet-friendly.
From the junction of VT Route 100 and US Route 2:
West on U.S. 2, then 3-1/2 mi. north on Little River Rd. Located 30 miles south of Burlington just off I-89.
Camping Camping:Developed campground with 81 tent-sites, 20 lean-to sites, and 5 cabins. There are also 27 remote campsites along the Waterbury Reservoir shoreline that are only accessible by boat. The remote campsites can be reserved online or through the Reservation Call Center at 1-888-409-7579 starting May 19. Those not reserved are first come/first served. The sites have privies but no potable water. See the Waterbury Reservoir Remote Camping page for more information.
Hiking Hiking: Miles of hiking trails are available at the park.
Swimming Swimming: Multiple swimming areas for campers. Day users can swim at nearby Waterbury Center State Park.
Boating Boating: Boats are welcome at the park and there is a motor boat launch. For campers or day use visitors looking to rent boats, please visit Waterbury Center State Park.
Fishing Fishing: Waterbury Reservoir has rainbow trout, brown trout, perch, small-mouth bass, bullhead and panfish.
Nature Program Nature Programs: This park offers nature programs. Please call the park directly for more information.
Mountain Biking Mountain Biking: This park has mountain biking trails.
Volleyball Volleyball: There is a volleyball net in the day use field.

Welcome

In the early 1800s, pioneers cleared fields, rocks, and stumps in Ricker Basin and Cotton Brook. A settlement of 50 or so families once lived in this area. The hard demands of the land and weather forced younger generations to abandon the farms. Today, old cemeteries, sawmill remains, old town roads, bridges and many cellar holes can still be seen as evidence of a past community.

On November 3 and 4 of 1927, torrential rains caused local rivers to rise and drove residents to their roofs. Between 1935 and 1938 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, constructed Waterbury Reservoir. The CCC camp here was a fully operating, thriving community with more than 80 buildings, and housing 2,000 men at its peak. Now, half a century later, only a few solitary chimneys and concrete foundations remain.

Today, Little River State Park is one of the most popular parks in central Vermont. Waterbury Reservoir is particularly favored for boating with a portion of the reservoir devoted to quieter uses. Angling for bass and trout is as popular here as water-skiing.>

Enjoy swimming beaches, play areas, boat rentals and a launch, and miles of hiking and mountain bike trails in the adjacent Mt. Mansfield State Forest. Self-guided history and nature trails are located close to the camping area.

Facilities / Amenities

The Bobcat cabin at Little River State Park
The Bobcat cabin at Little River

Little River State Park, which is part of Mt. Mansfield State Forest, is home to central Vermont's largest and most popular campground. The campground has 81 tent/RV sites, 20 lean-tos and five cabins. Restrooms have flush toilets and hot and cold running water, and three of the four restrooms have coin-operated hot showers. A sanitary dump station is available, but there are no hookups. Within the campground, there are swimming beaches, play areas, a boat launch, ball fields, and boat rentals for campers (for day use boat rentals and swimming, see Waterbury Center State Park). Adjacent to the park are miles of hiking trails for campers and day use visitors that take in the rich cultural and natural history of the area.

Learn more about cabins

Remote camping: The remote campsites can be reserved online or through the Reservation Call Center at 1-888-409-7579 starting May 19. Those not reserved are first come/first served. Information about open campsites may be found at each access area. Simply find a vacant designated campsite, pitch in and the park ranger will come by to get you registered. Campsites may be used by any single party for up to 7 days with no fees. Every remote campsite has a maximum occupancy of 6 people, unless otherwise posted. There are privies at these sites, but there is no potable water. View remote camping page here.

Park Interpreter

Little River Interpreter
Staff lead a nature hike as part of the nature programs at Little River State Park

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 of current events to see some of the programs planned during your visit.

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