Mount Philo State Park

Charlotte, Vermont

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A barrier-free stroll on a drive-up summit, suitable for any family. Mount Philo brings back memories of those movies from my youth where daring explorers climbed a at-topped mountain lost in prehistoric time. Not exactly Jurassic Park, but the same general idea. Tyrannosaurus rex doesn’t live in Vermont, but visitors to Mount Philo ascend an ancient island, crossing gravel beaches that rimmed an arctic sea some 10,000 years ago. Just like the movies, this self-contained summit survives in a world of its own, but campgrounds, picnic areas, and magnificent Lake Champlain views stand in for giant monsters as entertainment suited to a family crowd.There really isn’t much hiking to be done at Mount Philo, although a few hardy folks trudge up the auto road.
Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

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Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

by Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour) (Falcon Guides)

A barrier-free stroll on a drive-up summit, suitable for any family. Mount Philo brings back memories of those movies from my youth where daring explorers climbed a at-topped mountain lost in prehistoric time. Not exactly Jurassic Park, but the same general idea. Tyrannosaurus rex doesn’t live in Vermont, but visitors to Mount Philo ascend an ancient island, crossing gravel beaches that rimmed an arctic sea some 10,000 years ago.

Just like the movies, this self-contained summit survives
in a world of its own, but campgrounds, picnic areas, and magnificent Lake Champlain views stand in for giant monsters as entertainment suited to a family crowd.There really isn’t much hiking to be done at Mount Philo, although a few hardy
folks trudge up the auto road.

© 2008 Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Charlotte
Distance: 0.25
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: The park is open from Memorial day to early October.
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Philo State Park, RD 1, Box 1049, North Ferrisburg, VT 05473 (802) 425-2390 or (888) 409-7579 www.vt.stateparks.com
Local Maps: Handout maps are available at the park; also USGS Mount Philo quad.
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Philo State Park

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