The best camping near Gifford Woods State Park

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Birds Eye View Vermont

7 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Bethel, VT
Mountain top views surrounded by nature Enjoy a peaceful Vermont mountainside field with beautiful mountain views and amazing star gazing away from city lights.  We offer well groomed, clean campsites, an outhouse and a fire ring. We are located on a minimally traveled no outlet wooded road. Pitch a tent near or next to your vehicle or park a small to medium sized camper and use it as a base camp while you explore Vermont.  We are centrally located to Bethel, Royalton, Queechee, Woodstock, Rutland, Killington, Waitsfield, Randolph, Barre and Montpelier. What is there to do? Visit to our secret swimming hole located nearby...and White River access just down the road. Just up the road is the popular Silver Lake and State Park, great swimming, sunbathing, paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing.  We are close to interesting activities, such as the White River National Fish Hatchery, Billings Farm, the Queechee Balloon festival, and more. Near by farm stands sell fresh organic produce, eggs, grass fed meats, homemade food products and crafts. What is there to eat and drink? Nearby restaurants include The Barnard Inn, Cloudland, Toziers, Tessi’s Tavern, Locust Creek Diner, The Bethel Sandwich Shop, Cockadoodle and Village Pizza. Babe’s Bar in Bethel offers amazing creative cocktails in an old railway station. In the village of South Royalton 12 miles away is our local Co-op. There you can access lots of healthy food choices, many locally sourced and lots of drinks, it's our go to market. Three miles up Route 12 is the Barnard General Store and gas station they have just about everything a camper could want. They stock ice, fresh baked goodies, fruit and vegetables, prepared foods and many locally produced delights such as ice cream, kombucha and fresh baked goods. Their meat case features, sausages, thick pork chops, fresh air chilled chicken, local grass fed beef and they always have fresh Farro Island salmon. They also offer wine, beer and ciders.  A mile away on 107 is the Locust Creek General Store and gas station, they uniquely offer block ice, diesel and kerosene, drinks, simple fresh sandwiches, many frozen foods and lots of newspapers. We have generous amounts of firewood available onsite for sale. Please join us for a Birds Eye View of the beautiful state of Vermont, we hope to see you soon....David and Lisa PS. Please visit our visitor comments and view the HipCamp photographer's photos of the star filled sky, what a nice gift, sent by HipCamp.
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Green Mountain Trails

2 sites · Lodging600 acres · Pittsfield, VT
Hike or bike 2 miles into a completely secluded cabin on 600 acres with panoramic views of the Green Mountains. You’ll arrive to a cozy cabin that can comfortably sleep 2, or up to 4 if needed, equipped with a potbelly stove and basic cooking equipment.The mountain, once a source of wood for the Stanley Tool factory and a site for bridle trails in the summer and Nordic skiing in the winter, is now best known as a the birthplace of the Spartan Race and host of the infamous Death Races, as well being a popular mountain biking destination called the Green Mountain Trails. The trail system boasts 25 miles of flowy trails for all abilities as well as a stone staircase climbing from the base to the top of the trails at Shrek’s Stone Hut. Awake to an incredible sunrise and panoramic Green Mountain views after a night underneath a starry dome unblemished by city lights. Chilly evenings in the hut are easily tempered by a pot belly stove fed by seasoned wood. A built in bunk accommodates two people, but it’s possible to sleep up to four guests.
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Nature Intents

1 site · Lodging280 acres · Woodstock, VT
Learn more about this land:Nature In-tents is a hike in, mountaintop campsite looking over Chateauguay valley that is ready with all accessories needed for camping except your bedding and food! Our dome tent sits on a platform and is currently tarped over for rain. It lives on the edge of the woodlands, above our habitat clear cut boasting valley views, and strategically positioned for breathtaking sunrises just for you! Find your inner wild among the trees during an unforgettable adventure in Vermont. There are forest trails galore and multiple mountain streams with private dipping holes all around. Recharge by a cozy campfire under the stars. You should be looking forward to experiencing a digital detox during your stay. Experiences such as hiking, birding, snowshoeing and biking at various levels surrounds your campsite – pick quiet country roads or challenging mountain trails. Telmark or cross country skiing, sledding and snowmobiling opportunities makes Nature In-tents a year round getaway. A mountain creek is a few steps away providing a tranquil, private spot for “rewilding” your soul. The clear cut boosts plenty of blackberry bushes for picking during late August/September. You’ll have to share with the wildlife, that hopefully you spy, but we can’t make any promises! You will feel like you are miles from civilization, yet only a few miles away you have access to Killington and Woodstock communities for romping, shopping and adventuring. We outline our favorite local spots in our camp manual. It cools off quickly in the evening in the mountains, especially during the fall so please bring warm gear.
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Sugar Wood Meadow Camping

13 sites · Tents500 acres · Bethel, VT
Our family purchased the farm to milk dairy cows, but over the year moved away from dairy to beef cattle. The sites are located around our farm with some in the fields behind our farm and others located in some of our summer pastures! We have different site listed individually in hopes of making booking easier!
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Fern Hollow

6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents80 acres · Waitsfield, VT
Our property is nestled in the foothills of the Mad River Valley, close to the headwaters of the river. The property is composed of wetlands, agricultural meadows, old apple trees, and hardwood forest with 700 feet of elevation. All structures on the property are solar-powered and a rainwater system feeds the sink in the outdoor kitchen. There are a handful of individual camp sites available in the spring, summer and fall, as well as a communal outdoor kitchen with lighting, a fire pit, a stone pizza oven and a sitting/yoga deck. We also offer more of a "glamping" experience in our 14 ft yurt, which comfortably sleeps 2-3 people with wood stove heat and a solar battery for lighting. We love sharing this space with others and offering a rustic forest getaway.
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Dome@Meadows

3 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · Tunbridge, VT
If you're looking for a picturesque campground with stunning views of the White River and hills, dome@meadows is the perfect place for you. This campground offers a variety of open field spots for both tent and RV campers, all with breathtaking waterfront views. You'll also have access to restrooms, showers, and water, ensuring a comfortable and convenient stay. Located in the charming village of Tunbridge, VT, dome@meadows is close to the World's Fair, which takes place in September. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore nearby attractions and learn about the fascinating history of Tunbridge and its people. Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation, your vacation promises to be full of fun and natural beauty. And the best part? At dome@meadows, you can catch the incredible sunsets from the comfort of your cozy spot, whether that means lounging around the campfire or relaxing in a hammock. So book your stay now and get ready for a vacation you'll never forget. Please note that dome@meadows is currently working on a geodesic dome project, which will soon be available for booking through this platform. We'll keep you updated on when it's ready.
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Four Springs Farm, Campground & Learning Center

8 sites · Tents70 acres · South Royalton, VT
Four Springs Farm is a working organic farm on a beautiful west-facing hillside in central Vermont. Walk-in tent camping sites are tucked away in private corners of the farm a reasonable distance from the parking areas. The centrally located Wash Houses have toilets and hot showers. A picnic pavilion, which has a spectacular view of the valley and the hills of the Green Mtns, is available for group gatherings and celebrations and have a sink area for guests to use. Visitors are invited to tag-along-on-chores and meet the poultry sharing the farm with all of us and explore the seventy acres of paths, fields, streams, and woods. Guests will be dazzled by star-studded skies, treated to spectacular sunsets, and entertained by the farm cat Luna. The farm is mosquito free but inhabited by millions of fireflies. It's nature's playground at her best. Our season opens the last weekend in April and closes around the end of October. Wildflower Tent Site is a mowed area in one corner of a hillside field. It is located near the Wash Houses with it's own back door path, Watercress Crossing, over a small stream. There are no lights on the farm and this open spot is perfect for star gazing. There is a 10 x 12 foot tent platform, picnic table and fire pit. Morning Sunrise is the largest site and can hold ten tents easily on a relatively level grass area. It is protected from the heat of a late summer day and open to accept the first sunshine hitting the farm in the morning. Groups of multiple families, friends celebrating a special occasion, cycling groups and scouting organizations as well as individuals use this site to be slightly set apart from the heart of the farm activities. There is a picnic table and a firepit with space around it for a gang. Hidden Meadow is the most isolated and smallest tent site accessed by it's own bridge and unseen from most of the farm. Though not in the woods it feels tucked away and is ideal for couples or singles as it has room for only one tent ( on a 10 x 12 foot platform) and has a picnic table and fire pit. Maximum guests- three. Plum Corner as indicated by it's name is accessed along a path through the plum orchard. It is tucked up next to an old barn site with a stately old yellow birch defining the corner. It is ideal for families because of it's spaciousness and multiple tent options. There is one tent platform - 10 x 12 feet, a picnic table and fire pit.
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Bold Paths Retreat land

3 sites · Lodging, Tents10 acres · Strafford, VT
I have been sharing this magical land for 24 years. We have field and forest, year round creek, hiking trails, outfitting for cross country skiing, kayaking and canoeing, along with rentals and instruction. There are two yurts and a tiny house on our off grid land. 3 season water to structures, carry in winter from main house. Wood heat. Wifi.
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Greenbush Farm

3 sites · RVs, Tents82 acres · Weathersfield, VT
History: Family hay farm, 82 acres, owned since 2004, back in the 1940's they had pigs, goats, horses. In 1970 it was used to train trotters. Come enjoy!We have 3 tent sites along the North Branch of the Black River on the perimeter of our 82 acre hay farm. Main house is a five minute walk. There are countless fun activities within a 20 mile radius:- Ascutney Trails for hiking and mountain biking- Okemo Adventure Zone 12 miles away- Harpoon Brewery and CT River for canoeing and tubing 11 miles away- Live music and awesome food available in the Upper CT River Valley- Shopping in Woodstock. The recreational possibilities are endless. We can't wait for you to come and stay!
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Willoughby Farm Animal Rescue

9 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents107 acres · Fairlee, VT
We are a 107-acre forest and farm animal rescue. Sleep with the sheep, alpacas, donkeys, potbellied pigs, and rabbits when you pitch your tent or park your camper on our Vermont Farm! Reserve the group site and sleep in the middle of the action! (You do not need a "group" to reserve the group site -- it is just our biggest site and can accommodate groups!). Co-located in the open, grassy area with the free-roaming farm rescues is our RV site. Co-located sites share a community fire ring, so it's a great way to meet and make new friends! Don't have a tent or RV? Spend a magical night in "The Greenhouse" (it's a real, working greenhouse that doubles as accommodations for those looking for a more "glamping" experience). Want a little privacy? Reserve one of our two tricked-out Tent Deck sites (Buddha North and Grandmother Pine), each with its own picnic table, private fire ring, and commercial-grade park grill. Nestled discretely in the forest adjacent to the area where the animals are, you will feel like you are in the middle of nowhere even though you are less than a 5-minute walk from your car! Looking for something a bit more remote and spectacular? Hike a half-mile to the Big Sky Tent Deck. An incredible vista awaits you for a little effort! Need gear? We have it for rent, from cast iron grill baskets and griddles to make cooking over a charcoal grill or fire a breeze to tents to 1- and 2- burner propane stoves to tarps to water containers. We even have an Anker Portable Power Station and Portable Kerosene Heater for rent! Need Supplies? Charcoal? Propane? We've got it. ----- We are a small non-profit (501c3). When you stay with us, rent equipment from us, or take a tour with us, 100% of the money you pay goes directly for the care and feeding of the rescue animals. Thanks for supporting us in making a difference in the lives of neglected, abused, and abandoned farm animals! ----- CAMP FOR FREE WEEKEND SEPT 20-21 2024 Come for the weekend and make a difference in the lives of Rescues. Spend the weekend helping us prep for Winter, maintaining and building fencing, planting daffodils, clearing brush, pitchforking manure (important and necessary work), hoof trimming, painting, and everything in between. Watch the sunset from the Big Sky Tent Deck on the Equinox. Sit around campfires with new friends. Eat great food -- we'll make you dinner each evening! Just (1) message us that you are interested and (2) sign up on the event page on our Facebook profile. ----- CHECK-IN TIME: 3:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m. Please arrive within this time window. If absolutely necessary, you may purchase a check-in extension for $15 in advance or $30 on arrival.
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Wonderlost Homestead

2 sites · RVs, Tents13 acres · Brandon, VT
Wonderlost homestead is nestled in the small beautiful and artistic town of Brandon Vermont. With the total amenities of privacy and a beautiful property with a stunning view of the green mountains, yet the complete convenience of having town with in a stones throw . Literally! Located 17 mins from Middlebury , 50 mins from Burlington, 45 mins from killington and 25 from Rutland In the summer on weeknights and weekend evenings , more likely than not you will hear the live music from town almost as if you’re right there listening . We encourage decent volumed music and all the laughter you can, we just ask out of decency to our neighbors to keep it down after 10pm on weeknights and 11:30 on weekends. (Yelling/inconveniently loud music) We have fire pits located at your site, and a communal one on the main property level. Water is accessible by hose on the main property level as well. Enjoy petting the goats Thelma and sally struthers , and getting to know them, or our dog and security guard / herder (but very loving and non aggressive ) Odin. If you’d prefer not to be on the woods, we also have the top property field where you have an amazing view of the green mountains along with the rest of the main property and gardens. We sell organic vinegars, beeswax wraps, pickled Veg, ramp salts & butter spreads , and stone ground organic mustards on site, so don’t be afraid to ask ! Enjoy your evening watching the sun go down on the mountains with a glass of wine up by the gardens in a lawn chair, or fishing the neshobe and cooking your catch riverside with a cold beer . (We have a kayak on the beach for our customers to use when available) there is a fire pit located at each site. Hiking, swimming ,skiing snow shoeing and thousands of miles of trails are all conviently located within a 5-50 min drive with SO MANY lakes and mountains and trails to choose from. We are in the works of building our outhouse and solar showers so currently we supply you during your stay with us : a solar shower bag, a compost bucket toilet with compostable bags,hand sanitizer and a food scrap bucket w/ lid (food scraps only please) we have a compost area where you can discard the food waste on property . Currently we ask you follow the “carry in carry out”policy with trash. We can’t wait to meet you! And someone is usually here 23/7 to help you with whatever you might need. You won’t regret stopping by Wonderlost regardless of if it’s last minute 1 night pass through, or a week long stay.
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The Coop!

2 sites · Tents7 acres · Mount Holly, VT
Located at the end of a dirt road, quiet with views of Killington/Pico and Salt Ash Mountain. Its a 15 min drive from Okemo/Ludlow, 10min drive from the Appalachain trail (7.9 mile walk). Our 7 acres sits on the Northside of Belmont hill. Half of it is open with several gardens to meander through. There is a pergola filled with kiwis and wisteria and a hammock for lounging. A shady grape arbor filled with white grapes that we have made wine with. On property we have a tree fort, greenhouse, and chicken coop and provide fresh eggs for sale.
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The best camping near Gifford Woods State Park guide

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About

Leaf peepers rejoice! Gifford Woods’ 285 acres render some of the best fall foliage you can find. The National Park Service named Gifford Woods a National Natural Landmark because of its top-notch old-growth forest. Gifford Woods houses one of the few old-growth hardwood tree stands remaining in Vermont. The stand has ginormous sugar maple, beech, yellow birch, white ash and hemlock (not to mention an understory with native wildflowers galore).

A stone’s throw from Killington and Pico peaks and a hop, skip, and a jump off the Appalachian and Long Trails, the park is a favorite of all flavors of hikers. If you're looking to stay the night, choose from cabins, tents, RV, and lean-to sites within two camping loops. There’s plenty of day hiking trails to explore as well as easy access to the AT, should you get the sudden, inexplicable urge to trek 2,000 miles.

Notable campgrounds

  • Tent/RV & Lean-to Sites - Experience the rustic charm of camping with facilities catering to both tents and RVs.
  • Cabins - Cozy up in a cabin surrounded by the tranquil sounds of the forest.
  • Cottages - Enjoy a homely retreat in the park's comfortable cottages.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your preferred dates, as spots fill up quickly during peak seasons.
  • Consider visiting during the weekdays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellations for last-minute opportunities.
  • Explore nearby camping options if the park is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Gifford Woods State Park is during the summer and fall when the weather is ideal for outdoor activities. However, the park's vibrant autumn foliage makes early to mid-October a particularly magical time. Winters can be harsh, with some facilities closed, so plan accordingly.

Know before you go

  • Check the operating schedule for current opening hours and any seasonal closures.
  • Review the park's policies and rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.
  • Day use fees apply, so bring cash or check for payment.
  • Pets are welcome in day use areas, but remember to keep them leashed.
  • Don't forget to pack essentials like water, snacks, and weather-appropriate clothing.

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