Best Campgrounds in Vermont

This list represents the most popular campgrounds in Vermont. Use this list to plan your next Vermont campgrounds trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Gifford Woods State Park


Gifford Woods is a perfectly situated spot from which to launch your adventures into the Green Mountains and the Killington area. Whether you’re here for late-season skiing or mountain biking at Killi…
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#2. Quechee State Park


In a state full of incredible natural spectacles, Quechee Gorge has got to be one of Vermont’s most amazing and unique sights. Plunging 165 feet down to the Ottauquechee River—whew, I’m glad they shor…
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White River Junction, VT - Campgrounds
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#3. Grout Pond Recreation Area


This is no sanitized, drive-in, drive-out campground. The campsites at Grout Pond are spread out along a hiking trail that winds around the western shore of the pond. You have to hike your gear in to…
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Arlington, VT - Campgrounds
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#4. Smugglers Notch State Park


Ever wonder where the “smugglers” in Smugglers Notch comes from? Me too. Apparently, when President Thomas Jefferson passed an embargo forbidding trade with Great Britain and Canada in 1807, it was es…
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Stowe, VT - Campgrounds
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#5. Half Moon Pond State Park


The contiguous Bomoseen and Half Moon Pond state parks are essentially a string of ponds, marshlands, and abandoned quarry sites, all interconnected by several hiking trails ranging in length from 0.3…
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Fair Haven, VT - Campgrounds
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#6. Moosalamoo Campground


Want to feel like you’re really getting away from it all? Moosalamoo Campground offers an incredibly remote wilderness atmosphere. To get to the campground, you turn off the paved road (actually US 7)…
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Ripton, VT - Campgrounds
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#7. Chittenden Brook Recreation Area


The Chittenden Brook Recreation Area campground, like many campgrounds perched along the spine of the Green Mountains in Vermont, offers a deep-woods atmosphere and easy access to some of the world-cl…
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Chittenden, VT - Campgrounds
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#8. Jamaica State Park


Don’t even think of coming here without a reservation on one of the river-release weekends. When the West River swells to its banks, the campground at Jamaica State Park swells with whitewater kayaker…
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Jamaica, VT - Campgrounds
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#9. Underhill State Park


The air is clear and cool as you approach Underhill State Park. Perched on the western flanks of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, this is the best place from which to launch your hiking advent…
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Underhill Center, VT - Campgrounds
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#10. Branbury State Park


There are two separate camping areas at Branbury State Park. One is pretty nice, but the other is positively spectacular. Branbury State Park is on the eastern shore of Lake Dunmore, and there’s plent…
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Salisbury, VT - Campgrounds
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#11. Coolidge State Park


When you’re hiking through the gentle trails of Coolidge State Park (so named for the nearby birthplace of Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States), you’ll come across lots of old stone w…
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Plymouth, VT - Campgrounds
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#12. Emerald Lake State Park


You can’t help but notice the steep embankment leading up from one side of the road and down from the other as you drive into the Emerald Lake State Park campground. This place was essentially carved…
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East Dorset, VT - Campgrounds
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#13. Mount Ascutney State Park


Different people associate Mount Ascutney with different things. For some, it may be the hiking. For a select group of people, hang gliding comes to mind. Mount Ascutney is one of the premier spots in…
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Ascutney, VT - Campgrounds
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