Branbury State Park

Branbury State Park

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Branbury State Park

Vermont

(802) 247-5925

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Things To Do

Overview

Come to Branbury State Park and spend the day enjoying the beautiful sandy beach, playground, picnic area, boat rentals, concession, and nature center. Branbury is located on the eastern shore of Lake Dunmore at the base of Mt. Moosalamoo. Branbury State Park is adjacent to Green Mountain National Forest where visitors have access to outstanding hiking trails, scenic vistas, waterfalls, caves, and mountain lakes. Historically, the 69-acre park operated as a farm at the turn of the century, then a guest house, a summer boy's camp, a private beach and a picnic area. In 1945, it became Branbury (Brandon-Salisbury) State Park.

Map of Branbury (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.908973, -73.065877

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoe, kayak, rowboat, and pedal boat rentals are available at the park, on Lake Dunmore. Visitors can also bring motorboats, jet skis, or sail boats. Water skiers and paddle boarders are sometimes seen on the lake.

  • Bird Watching

    Breeding peregrine falcons can be viewed from the park at their nest site at Rattlesnake Cliffs. Visitors may also look for osprey, northern goshawk, rave, loons, and a variety of warblers.

  • Bicycling

    The nearby trails of the Green Mountain National Forest are popular for mountain biking. Many visitors like to go road biking around the lake and in the surrounding area.

  • Camping

    The park is divided by Route 53. Twenty tent sites and 7 lean-to sites are on one side of the highway in a heavily wooded area, and 17 tent sites are located along the perimeter of a grassy open area near the beach. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. Firewood and ice are available for purchase.

  • Climbing

    The cliffs at Branbury State park are granite slabs with excellent friction routes and all can be top-roped. It's a wonderful area for beginners and there are amazing views of Lake Dunmore from the top. Climbs range in difficulty from 5.3 -5.7.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted on Lake Dunmore. Species include brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow smelt, yellow perch, northern pike, chain pickerel, large-mouth and small-mouth bass, bullhead, crappie and panfish. Visitors older than 15 must carry a fishing license.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails to scenic vistas, waterfalls, caves, mountain lakes and streams, as well as an interpretive nature trail, provide outstanding hiking opportunities. Branbury borders the Green Mountain National Forest and there are trails for all abilities and interest. Some favorites are the trail to the Falls of Lana, the trail to Rattlesnake Point and the Silver Lake Trail.

    For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    The Green Mountain National Forest is Branbury's neighbor to the east. Historically the 69-acre park operated as a farm at the turn of the century, then a guest house, summer boy's camp and private beach and picnic area. In 1945, it became Branbury (Brandon-Salisbury) State Park.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available along the beach and throughout the open grassy areas. Many grills and picnic tables are available, seating up to 350 people. There is also a screened in shelter near the restrooms that can be used for gatherings.

  • RVing

    20 tent/RV campsites are available (no hookups). There is a dump station and some limited generator use permitted. Ice and firewood are available for purchase.

  • Water Sports

    The 1,000 foot natural sandy beach on Lake Dunmore, and the large open grassy areas make the park very popular for swimming, sunning, and picnicking.

  • Wildlife Watching

    While visiting the park and nearby Moosalamoo Recreation area look for beaver, black bear, coyote, fox, moose, porcupine, and white-tailed deer. Peregrine falcons nest on the cliffs above the park. Visitors may also look for osprey, northern goshawk, rave, loons, and a variety of warblers.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are fun ways to see the park in 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 year. Once Lake Dunmore freezes, ice fishing, ice skating, dog sledding, and other winter sports can be done right on the lake!

Seasonality/Weather

Open Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend. Open for day use from 10:00 am - sunset.

Directions

Driving

From Middlebury: Go 7 mi S on U.S. 7, then 4 mi S on Hwy. 53

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 247-5925

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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