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Southern Green Mountains, Vermont

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  • A summer view of the footbridge to the picnic area.- Woodford State Park
  • The lake is great for paddling, and it is up to 10 degrees cooler than the valley below in the summer.- Woodford State Park
  • A barred owl as seen from the trail in summer.- Woodford State Park
  • The colors are amazing in the fall.- Woodford State Park
  • You can rent paddleboats, canoes, and kayaks until Columbus Day Weekend.- Woodford State Park
  • Fall foliage.- Woodford State Park
  • There are several small streams in the park.- Woodford State Park
  • Woodford State Park is dog friendly.- Woodford State Park
  • The weather can be unpredictable up here, and fog rolls in fast.- Woodford State Park
  • A view of the wetlands from the trail.- Woodford State Park
  • One of the cabins for rent in the campground.- Woodford State Park
  • The park is officially closed in the winter, but you can park outside the gates and ski or snowshoe.- Woodford State Park
  • The beaver meadow with a dusting of snow.- Woodford State Park
  • - Woodford State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Quiet. Cool in the summer. Good fishing for stocked trout.
Cons: 
Black flies in May. No cell service.
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Region:
Southern Green Mountains, VT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
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Woodford State Park is a hidden gem for people who appreciate solitude, wildlife, and quiet reflection. The lake is small with good swimming, fishing, and paddling opportunities, but visitors should be warned that the weather stays cool up here even on the hottest summer day. There is a small swimming beach, plus kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats for rent at the ranger station.

The lake, known as Adams Reservoir, is surrounded by fir, spruce, hemlock, and a few hardwoods. A 2.7-mile trail meanders around it, taking you through the forest, around expansive wetlands, across bridges, and finally into the campground. The trail is not popular, and you will rarely see other hikers. You do stand a chance of seeing deer, moose, or otters though, so be on the lookout.

The busiest part of the park is the campground, which has over 80 tent/RV sites, 20 lean-tos, and four cabins. Many of the sites are waterfront, and several others offer water views. The park is fun to visit in all four seasons. The fishing is especially great in the spring, when many anglers catch the state limit in as little as an hour. The black flies keep all but the bravest souls away in late May and early June, but after that it's a perfect mountain oasis for swimming, hiking, paddling and camping. The forest puts on quite a display in early- to mid-October. Lastly, the campground roads and trails are great for skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. The lake usually freezes by January, opening it up for skiing and ice fishing.

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