Camping in Vermont can mean anything from pitching a tent in the Green Mountain National Forest or in a Vermont State Park, to parking an RV, complete with satellite dish, in a private campground with a pool, recreational hall, and the like. The locales are equally varied. You can choose to be a few feet from Lake Champlain, or deep in the woods where the wildlife outnumbers the human populous. The choices are many!
GMNF Campgrounds: There are six (6) Green Mountain National Forest Campgrounds. However, although beautiful and providing a great camping experience, they offer no creature comforts other than tables, fire rings with grills, hand water pumps and vault toilets.
More Primative Camping In The GMNF: Visitors can camp anywhere on the forest unless the area is posted closed to camping, while staying the recommended 200 feet from roads, trails, and bodies of water to disperse impact. These areas provide a place to camp and enjoy nature’s solitude at no charge. There is a camping limit of 14-days in a 30-day period on the Forest. Camp in existing sites, and do not cut any vegetation. Please leave the campsites clean by using Leave No Trace Principles, such as carry out what you carry in. We strongly recommend that you contact one of the District Offices of the U. S. Forest Service for any updated rules and free maps, and other meaningful information concerning the National Forest before setting up camp.
Vermont State Parks Campgrounds: Thirty-nine (39) of the fifty Vermont State Parks offer camping. These parks are a real find, have wonderful facilities, and are beautifully maintained. When it comes to family camping... it just doesn't get any better than this! See Vermont State Parks for details and maps of individual campgrounds.
Private Campgrounds & RV Parks: Vermont's one hundred plus (100+) Private Campgrounds in Vermont offer a different experience than camping in the National Forest or in a State Park., neither of which provide RV hook-ups. The Private Campgrounds are less primitive and provide RV hook-ups and a wide variety of facilities and services, including such things as swimming pools, a general store, and recreational programs. Complete Listing of Vermont's Private Campgrounds.
For details about the facilities offered by both State and Private Campgrounds we recommend you contact the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation at 802-241-3655 for a FREE copy of the Vermont Campground Guide.
You can obtain a detailed maps of Vermont's Forest Roads from the Green Mountain National Forest Ranger District Office covering the area of interest to you.
2538 Depot Street, Manchester Ctr, VT 05255
Telephone: 802-362-2307 Fax: 802-362-1251
Green Mountain National Forest
231 North Main Street, Rutland, Vermont 05701
Ph: 802-747-6700 Fax: 802-747-6766 TTY: 802-747-6765
Middlebury Ranger District
1007 Route 7 South, Middlebury, VT 05753
Telephone: 802-388-4362 Fax: 802-388-3842
Rochester Ranger District
99 Ranger Road, Rochester, VT 05767
Telephone: 802-767-4261 Fax: 802-767-4777
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