Groton, VT 05046
Park Updates & Alerts
- 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.
- No boat rentals, concessions, or picnic tables are available as part of our COVID-19 response.
- 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.
- Due to parking constraints the boat launch is for registered campers only.
Go 2 miles west on U.S. 302, then 6 miles northwest on Vt. 232, then .5 miles east on Boulder Beach Rd.
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 as a result of the accessible network of waterways.
The rocky hillsides were originally cloaked in white pine, spruce, hemlock, beech, maple and birch. These were logged by local farmers for lumber, fuel and potash. The logging industry was large-scale for almost 100 years while the railroad operated. Today, logging is still a vital industry but has lost its dominance in favor of modern society’s leisure culture: private cottages/seasonal homes; park development; and a variety of outdoor recreation activities.
Groton State Forest, with over 26,000 acres, is the second largest land block administered by the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. The forest contains over 17 miles of hiking trails and over 20 miles of gravel roads and multi-use trails suitable for mountain biking and horseback riding.
Facilities / Amenities
The campground has 59 tent/RV sites and 19 lean-to sites. Restrooms have flush toilets, hot and cold running water and coin-operated hot showers. A sanitary dump station is available, but there are no hookups. There is a swimming beach, a boat launch/dock facility, a play area, a shelter, and access to miles of hiking trails. The Groton Nature Center is within walking distance.
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.