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Sunrise Farm

8 sites · RVs, Tents75 acres · Dover, VT
Voted 3rd in Vermont by Hip Camp 2022 6 Sites are on Sunrise Farms 75 acre Conservation land with 50 mile view for Sites 1 and 2. Very quiet area with lots of wildlife and ponds and disc golf. Very quiet with great swimming and lots of hikes right from your sites. 2 of the Brookside Sites (Wishbone Left and Right) are close by (2.7 miles) where we have another 1/2 mile of river frontage and can handle bigger groups as Conservation land on Sunrise Farm only allows 4 campers per site. Sunrise Farm Sites 1 and 2 have oodles of space and Spectacular 50 mile views of Mount Monadnock with no house lights out there in the evening except the party string lights we provide. Site 1 (with entrance 70 yards south of the farmhouse) is best for camping in with up to 20 foot trailers or multiple tents …on the large flat spaces in the 25 acre field to choose from. Great Well water available near farmhouse. Biodegradable soaps Only if used in the ponds. Double Olympic sized Swim Pond we stock with Rainbow Trout to keep clear. We have been advised Not to allow imported firewood (can import Wood Beetle dangerous for our forest). - PLEASE use the Firewood bundle tubs we provide ($11) - pick up at the farmhouse or pull wood from the woods (and make it safer for use). Beautiful and plenty of wildlife nearby... as well as Port a Potties are marked on Map we provide with solar lights marking them at night. Do Not Leave food out when camping or away from site. Bears are rarely seen but it is wild country. Sites have locking garbage lids. Unique and lovely as well as being next to trails and roads to miles of remote spots with very few if any ... people. In Winter we request only AWD vehicles go down to this site or park up by farmhouse and hike in so you can easily get out. When wet park up by the road if you have 2 wheel drive. Always WISE to arrive When LIGHT out as we do not live at the site and are not able to show guests to their sites as a result.
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Timbertrail Farm

10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents145 acres · Shaftsbury, VT
Come see Lake Shaftsbury State Park! This 200 year old farm is at the top of a dead end road on 150 acres. It sits in a region of Bennington County formerly called Healing Springs Vermont. The springs that flow off of West Mountain come down through the farm and across Route 7 where they feed the picturesque state park! Arrive at our 150 acre property at the top of this dead-end road.. (Please stay left all the way up to the top...the road becomes our driveway).. Step out onto this 200-year-old farm at your own private site all of which are several acres each minimum.. Walk to streams ponds and Lake Shaftsbury State Park.
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Grateful Acres Vermont

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents12 acres · Wilmington, VT
Learn more about this land:Welcome to Grateful Acres Vermont, a 420 friendly camping destination in the heart of the Green Mountains. We have space available for tents only. Kayaks available to rent for use at the reservoir located just up the road. WE ARE NOT A COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE, just a family with some land in Vermont that we would.like to share. PLEASE OBSERVE THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT
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Suzy Greenberg's Mountain Farm

2 sites · RVs2 acres · Winhall, VT
Our blended family of 7 (with 8 on the way) welcome you. We bought this house a few years ago and have been slowing transforming the property into our own. We brought our goats and chickens and even got a mini pig. Cleared some trees to bring in more sunlight and added a hot tub. Come see what we've done with the place and enjoy the mountain air for yourself. We live in a secluded neighborhood with plenty of dirt roads and small ponds to explore by foot or on bike. Learn more about this land:Park your camper at our secluded mountain property! Enjoy easy access to the ski mountains and all the fun local spots. We'll share the best spots to scratch whatever is your itch. We offer a space just off our circular driveway with water and electric as needed. Mix and mingle with our friendly farm animals. Hike/xc ski the 1/4 mile trail around our wooded property, down to a stream fed pond, or to a wild blackberry patch. Access to the Swedish Ski Club trails right out our backyard. In the evening enjoy a backyard fire with a view of Stratton.  Access to our hot tub for an additional charge.
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Quarry Brook

4 sites · Lodging, Tents100 acres · Putney, VT
It all started on a first date in Boston....Nick had to excuse himself to take a phone call. His cow had fled its pasture. Much to Tara's surprise in that moment, this man she had just met was finishing his engineering degree at Northeastern, but was simultaneously building a homestead in Vermont. Fast forward 7 years, and here we are, building the life we only dreamed of. We yearned for simplicity. Deeper connections to our surroundings and mother nature. A calmer sense of place. The satisfaction that comes from growing food. Creating with our hands. We're a working farm and homestead. Every day at Quarry Brook is a new adventure, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re incredibly excited to share our little corner of southern Vermont and what we’re up to with you!
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Endless Grove

1 site · Lodging11 acres · Poultney, VT
Endless Grove is an 11 acre property tucked directly between the Endless Brook Trailhead (Slate Valley Trails) and Lake St. Catherine State Park. The property is a mix of mature Hemlock, Pine, and Maple trees overlooking a large clean seasonal pond and meadow. Gravel cyclists and mountain bikers alike will find world class cycling right from the front door. The Deane/Osborne Preserve, less than mile away, offers superior hiking with panoramic views of the Adirondacks. Just a short walk away, Lake St. Catherine is a classic Vermont glacial lake offering excellent swimming, fishing, and boating. From this property, one can ride or hike all day, swim in a glacial lake, and end the day with a campfire, all without stepping foot in the car. It doesn't get more Vermont than this. Endless Grove is centrally located on a gravel road between Poultney, VT and Granville, NY. Check us out on instagram @endless_grove
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The TrailHouse

12 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents38 acres · Poultney, VT
Historic, quintessential VT farmstead on 38 private acres at the end of a quiet dirt road. The Slate Valley Trails pass through our property - providing direct access to 50+miles of world-class mountain biking and hiking trails. We are located mid-point in the network at a perfect jumping off point for adventure. There are also miles and miles of quiet dirt roads and abandoned forest tracks in the area, offering near endless opportunities for gravel cycling adventures. The property features perennial gardens, a pond, open meadows, forestland, and picturesque southerly views from the top of the north meadow. The tent, van and glamping sites are thoughtfully located in protected nooks in the forestland and along the forest's edge. We have hot outdoor showers (3) and a handmade wooden building that houses our portable toilets. There is also a communal fire pit.
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Secluded Lake George Campground

4 sites · RVs, Tents130 acres · Fort Ann, NY
Granite Hill Lodge and Campground is a re-invented campground, brought back to life with the purpose of providing a place of quiet and leisure in the busy Lake George area. Only 20 minutes to Lake George beaches, downtown and outlet shopping, Granite Hill is in a great location to enjoy the beautiful Adirondacks while providing a getaway in the foothills of Fort Ann. Situated on 130 acres, the four bedroom three bathroom lodge allows family and friends to enjoy each other as well as the surrounding landscape without the need of camping gear. The newly designed campground provides a small camping feel with plenty of outdoor space to bike and hike. The property is located on the Champlain Canalway Bike Trail and has an established hiking trail and a smaller walking trail to beautiful overlooks, looking over the Adirondack Mountains.
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Misty Mountain Farm

2 sites · RVs, TentsTownshend, VT
 Visitor's have the oppertunity to milk goats, a cow, hike, swim or just relax by the fire. We are 30 min from Stratton mountain and Mt Snow. A short 5 min drive to a great river swimming hole, and ten min to Townshend State forest, dam, and beach.Learn more about this land:Misty Mountain Farm is a family farm raising animals humanely. We are not a campground and are best set up for tents and small campers. The site is large  with a 12x12 deck,  hammock, and firepit.  We have great views in a peaceful setting. There is a outhouse and a hot shower for guests. Fire wood is sold at the farm store but you are welcome to gather wood from the woods around the farm.. 
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Bent Apple Farm

5 sites · Lodging100 acres · Londonderry, VT
Often described as being the most relaxing, romantic, dreamy and unique farm you'll ever stay in!!! Bent apple farm is natures perfect scape, thanks to my husband and I efforts to create a sanctuary to share with others. From apple trees, beautiful pond and a rustic cabins. Our farm is at the edge of VT natural forest, with often gifts us the visit of wild deers, moose and turkeys. Our property has 5 cabins total that give a small little village feel to it, but spaced enough that each has its privacy. This quiet piece of heaven is our little treasure, built and cared by us to share with you. Instagram: @bentapplefarm You’ll need 4x4 car in the winter time.
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Lake Lauderdale Campground

41 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents50 acres · Cambridge, NY
Welcome to Lake Lauderdale Campground, located on County Route 61 with picturesque views of Lake Lauderdale and the surrounding mountains with over 50 acres of park-owned property. Explore natural landmarks, hiking trails, and a range of activities for the whole family. So whether you are reserving one of our cabin rentals, RVing, or camping in a tent, you and your family will relax, enjoy, and have a great camping experience! Campsite amenities offered include a playground, picnic tables, and fire circles along with basic amenities such as restrooms with hot showers and laundry facilities. Visitors may also enjoy on-site activities such as themed weekends, basketball, hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. Whether it's for a night or two, we hope to see you soon!
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The Antoniello retreat

2 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Winhall, VT
Very private wooded area, very close to several ski areas, 2 miles from Stratton Mountain and the Appalachian Trail, one driveway space available that can accommodate a vehicle up to 18 feet in length, many small local markets and restaurants close by, excellent camping for offgrid. We are cigarette smoker friendly as well as pet and marijuana friendly.
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The best camping near Emerald Lake State Park guide

Overview

About

Emerald Lake State Park is conveniently located between Manchester and Rutland, just a stone’s throw from Route 7. The lake is aptly-named for its water’s greenish birds-eye hue. The 20-acre lake is limited to non-motorized watercraft, providing superb swimming, paddling and fishing. Boat rentals are available for your ‘yakin satisfaction. The sandy shores are adjacent to picnic tables, a concession stand, a playground and even a nature center. Peeps can take refuge from the noonday sun in the park’s ample wooded campground or many lean-tos which are divided into two types: “prime” and, well...regular. Take your pick (they all have cute tree names, though).

The lake is a favorite oasis for Appalachian and Long Trail hikers. And for the day-trotters, there are plenty of trails within the park’s 430 acres. On your jaunt, you might even stumble upon the North Dorset Cemetery, located on the hill overlooking the park’s contact station and parking lot. Fun fact: many of the headstones in the cemetery are made from local marble, extracted from the quarries that once stippled the hillsides.

Notable campgrounds

  • Emerald Lake Campground - Offers a serene camping experience with easy access to the lake's pristine waters.
  • Lakeside Campsites - Ideal for those who love to wake up to the sound of gentle waves and enjoy quick dips.
  • Forest Campsites - Tucked away amid towering trees, these sites are perfect for privacy and shade lovers.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, especially during peak summer months when the park is most popular.
  • Consider visiting during the weekdays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellation policies; last-minute openings can be your opportunity to reserve a prime site.
  • Explore nearby camping options if the park's campgrounds are fully booked to still enjoy the area's natural splendor.

When to go

The best time to visit Emerald Lake State Park is during the summer and early fall, when the weather is warm and the park is fully operational. Spring can be wet and muddy, while winter brings snow and limited access. Plan your trip from late May to early October for the ideal experience.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's operating schedule as it varies seasonally, with full services available from late spring to early fall.
  • Be prepared for varying weather conditions and pack accordingly for your outdoor adventures.
  • Review the park's safety guidelines, especially if you plan to engage in water activities or hiking.
  • Accessibility options are available; contact the park in advance for specific needs.
  • Day-use amenities include picnic areas and restrooms, ensuring a comfortable visit.

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