Allis State Park

Allis State Park

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Allis State Park

Vermont

(802) 276-3175

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Overview

Allis State Park is one of Central Vermont's best kept secrets! The hilltop setting and dramatic views from the lookout tower make it a favorite spot for those who cherish peace and tranquility. Found off of one of Vermont's few remaining gravel state highways, Allis State Park's location adds to the rustic and old-time character of the area. Allis State Park was established in 1928 as Vermont's second developed state park. The park is named after Wallace Allis who willed his Bear Mountain Farm to the state of Vermont to be developed as a campground and recreational area.

The park is located on the summit of Bear Mountain, which provides sweeping views of central Vermont from a lookout tower once used to spot forest fires. On a clear day, the peaks of Killington, Pico, and Mt. Ascutney are visible to the south, Camel's Hump and Mt. Mansfield to the north, Mt. Abraham, Lincoln and Ellen to the west and the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the east.

The park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) beginning in 1932. The CCC built up the access roads and constructed a massive timber picnic shelter, picnic grounds and a campground. The park has undergone several improvements and changes in operations since that time.

Lean-to and tent camping sites are available. RV camping is also permitted, although there are no hookups. There are no shower facilities and there is no hot water in the restrooms. Drinking water is available from two spigots in the campground. There are no regularly scheduled office hours at the park, so campers registering or checking in need to follow posted instructions for self-registration. Staff is available on a limited basis; please follow all posted instructions at the registration kiosk on the front porch of the ranger's quarters. Limited trash service is available, so please minimize the amount of trash you leave behind.

The park also offers a picnic pavilion with restrooms, a picnic area and a loop hiking trail.

Map of Allis (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.042440, -72.636110

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Activities

  • Boating

    Nearby Baker Pond has a trailer boat launch for motor or car-topped boats.

  • Bird Watching

    Allis State Park has a myriad of bird species living and migrating through at any given time of year. Keep an eye out for a northern goshawk, broad-winged hawk, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, barred owl, yellow bellied sapsucker, hairy woodpecker, least flycatcher, black capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, wood thrush, or scarlet tanager, among many others.

  • Bicycling

    Take Rt 65 to Bear Hill Road which runs parallel to I-89. This secondary road is lightly traveled and provides elevation changes as well as beautiful scenery.

  • Camping

    There are no shower facilities or hot water in the restrooms. Drinking water is available from two spigots in the campground. There will be no regularly scheduled office hours at the park, so campers registering or checking in need to follow posted instructions for self registration. Staff is available on a limited basis. Carry-in, carry-out policy for trash is recommended.

    The park also offers a picnic pavilion with restrooms, a picnic area and a loop hiking trail.

  • Fishing

    Nearby Baker Pond is known for its healthy population of brook trout. In addition, the pond supports yellow perch, large-mouth bass, bullhead, and panfish. Visitors over 15 years of age must carry a fishing license.

  • Hiking

    The Bear Hill Nature Trail loop provides great views and a variety of woodland habitat. The .75 mile trail is of moderate difficulty and usually takes about an hour to complete. You'll pass stone fireplaces built by the CCC, ferns, flowers and animal signs. You can take a break by sitting on a bench at a scenic outlook. For detailed info and map, click below to go to the park website.

  • Historic Sites

    Touring is available at Norwich University Museum, Northfield; Vermont State House, State Museum of the Vermont, Historical Society, historic downtown, concerts and events, Sugar house, Farmer's Market, Montpelier; Vermont Granite Museum, Granite quarries, Barre; Porter Music Box Museum, Historic downtown, and Randolph.

  • Picnicking

    A large stone and log picnic pavilion built by the Civilian Conservation Corps can be rented for group functions. It can seat up to 100 people. There is electricity, charcoal grills, and a fireplace. Great hiking trails and a fire tower are also nearby.

  • RVing

    10 tent/RV sites (no hookups) are available in Allis State Park. There is a dump station and the park does permit some limited generator use.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Allis State Park. Commonly seen animals include white-tailed deer, fisher, coyote, black bear, beaver, otter, turkey, ruffed grouse, fox, woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatches, owls, and bald eagles. Reptiles and amphibians include wood frog, spring peeper, American toad, and yellow-spotted salamander.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fun ways to experience the park in the winter. There are no facilities or staff available, but visitors are encouraged to explore the park during the off-season and enjoy the quieter time of the year.

Seasonality/Weather

Park is open from Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend. It is open for day use 10:00 AM - sunset.

Directions

Driving

From the North: Take I-89 to Exit 5; turn right onto VT 64 W and continue for 2.7 mi; turn left onto VT 12 S for 4.4 mi; turn left onto VT 65 E (gravel road) for 1.3 mi; turn right onto Allis State Park Rd. up the hill and continue .5 mi to park headquarters.

From the South: Take I-89 to Exit 4; Turn left onto VT 66 W and travel for 1.6 mi; turn right onto Windover Rd. and travel for .4 mi; continue straight onto VT 12 N for 10 mi; turn right onto VT 65 E (a gravel road) and for 1.3 mi; turn right onto Allis State Park Rd. up the hill and continue .5 mi. to park headquarters.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 276-3175

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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