The little slice of wilderness called Woodford State Park is nestled in the mountains of Southern Vermont. It’s not exactly a tourist destination, but it beckons certain people with its quiet waters, secluded trails, and waterfront campsites. I am definitely one of those people. This park is my happy place — A place my family and I have been exploring for more than ten years.
The centerpiece of the park is a small, shining lake called Adams Reservoir. The lake is surrounded by forest, with pretty campsites nestled into the trees along the shore. At 2,400 feet in elevation, this is the highest campground in the state. The park itself is just 398 acres, but it’s bordered by the George Aiken Wilderness and the Green Mountain National Forest, so there are unlimited opportunities for exploring.
Woodford State Park is officially open from Memorial Day until Columbus Day, but visitors are welcome to explore in the off season, provided they park their vehicle outside the park gates. We love Woodford’s beauty in all four seasons, and recommend it to everyone who visits southern Vermont. Let’s take a little photographic journey, shall we?
Spring in Vermont is for Hiking and Fishing
There’s nothing like the brisk days of late spring for an exhilarating hike, and actually, sometimes it’s a snowshoe trek or a skiing expedition because the snow sticks around until at least May.
The lake is stocked with trout some time in April, and then you’ll find the locals with their tackle boxes and picnic baskets lining the shore. The more patient fisherpeople will sit on the banks from morning till the sun sets hoping for a good catch to stock the freezer.
Summer at Woodford State Park is for Camping and Water Sports
This is the place to be in the summer. We live fairly close to the park, in the valley below. When it’s 90 degrees at home, we can count on it being 10 degrees cooler at Woodford State Park. If you’re planning a camping trip on the mountains, bring your woolies! Also, this is one of the few state parks that allows leashed dogs year-round. That’s a huge plus for us.
You can rent kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats from the park rangers for an itty-bitty fee, but the best is the swimming. On the hottest days, there’s nothing like a dip in this mountain lake to restore the senses and fall in love with the world. Try it. I know you’ll agree!
Fall in Woodford State Park is for Leaf-Peeping
Late September brings oranges, reds, and yellows to the forests of Vermont. It also brings leaf peepers from all over the world. At Woodford State Park, you’ll find some visitors, but because the forest is mostly Birch, Spruce, and Fir, it doesn’t explode with color like some other parts of the state. It still makes a fabulous home base for exploring Autumn in Vermont. The campground is still open in the fall, and if you’re not sure about camping in the cold, reserve one of the four cabins in the park.
Winter at Woodford State Park is for Skiing and Snowshoeing
This is the best time of year to head to the back country. Cross-country ski trails criss-cross the Green Mountain National Forest, and during snowy winters, there’s a pretty well-marked trail through Woodford State Park and the surrounding wilds. The frozen lake makes a fine playground, skating rink, and ski-track all rolled into one.
Are you convinced that this is the sweetest little hidden spot in Vermont? Then come on up for a visit — I’ll meet you there!
For trail maps and campground reservations, check out Woodford State Park’s official website.
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