Camp Plymouth State Park

Camp Plymouth State Park

Quick Facts

Camp Plymouth State Park

Vermont

(802) 228-2025

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Things To Do

Overview

Located on the shores of Echo Lake, the park is known for its great swimming beaches, canoe and kayak rentals, group picnic pavilions and picnic areas, concession stand, group and horse camping areas and rental cottages.

The park is rich in history, from the birth of this nation right up to present day. Most of the park acreage lies on the east side of Town Highway #42. Gold was discovered In the area in and along the banks of Buffalo Brook, once known as "Gold Brook". This discovery was made in 1855 and mining operations continued for some 30 years. The Crown Point military road was authorized for construction in 1759 to connect strategic military posts at Fort # 4 in Charlestown, New Hampshire to Crown Point on Lake Champlain. The military road was instrumental in moving troops and supplies in both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Later, the road became an important route for commercial traffic. Today, Scout Camp Road follows part of the road's original route. Come visit the park to learn more of the history behind Camp Plymouth.

Map of Camp Plymouth (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.476171, -72.697570

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoe, kayak, row boat, and pedal boat rentals are available at the beach. Motor boats are also permitted on the lake. A car-top boat launch for canoes and kayaks can be found north of the parking lot.

  • Bird Watching

    Many beautiful species of bird have been spotted in and around Camp Plymouth State Park. Some include: yellow-rumped warbler, turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, eastern phoebe, common raven, woodpecker, barred owl, eastern bluebird, and eastern meadowlark.

  • Bicycling

    A family friendly bike route for all ages runs around the park. For those wanting a longer and more challenging ride take Scout Camp Road (a lightly trafficked road).

  • Camping

    Horses are allowed in the group camping area on the south side of Buffalo Brook. The area consists of six lean-tos, pit toilets, tie-off station, manure "bin," and a large field for activities. There is a group camping area on the south side of Buffalo Brook consisting of six lean-tos, tent sites, pit toilets, and a large field for activities. The four rental cottages will be available through Columbus Day.

  • Fishing

    The cold, clear water of Vermont's lakes and streams provide excellent fishing opportunities throughout the state in a magnificent natural setting. Fish species found at Camp Plymouth include rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, yellow perch, chain pickerel, large- and small-mouth bass and bullhead. Visitors over the age of 15 must carry a valid fishing license.

  • Hiking

    While in the park, check out the Vista Trail. The trail begins on an old logging road, through an old cemetery and up a slope to a vista of Echo Lake and Camp Plymouth. Your walk will take you through a white pine forest where goldenrod and aster grow alongside the road in summer months. You may see the shiny leaves of trailing arbutus and wintergreen closer to the ground. The trail passes through a young forest with birch, beech and aspen trees. Further up, the dry slopes support red oaks and red spruce. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    The Crown Point military road was authorized for construction in 1759 to connect strategic military posts at Fort # 4 in Charlestown, New Hampshire to Crown Point on Lake Champlain. The military road was instrumental in moving troops and supplies in both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Later, the road became an important route for commercial traffic. Today, Scout Camp Road follows part of the road's original route.

    A farm was established on part of the property in the 1840s by Amos Pollard. One day in 1850, a young man was fishing in Buffalo Brook and discovered gold there. The man tried to keep his find a secret, but without success. By 1855, it was known as Gold Brook, and a commercial mining operation was established. Up the stream at the now-abandoned village of Plymouth Five Corners, a mill and crusher were established, and many prospectors flocked to the area. One of the more successful operators, Rooks Mining Company, claimed to have earned more than $13,000 in a 6-month period in 1884. Such profits were seldom validated, and most investors lost their fortunes. Mr. Pollard himself never had much to do with searching for gold. He died in 1874 and is buried in the nearby cemetery.

    When the Rooks Mining Company went bankrupt in 1889, Henry Fox, the superintendent, bought the mine. He continued to search for gold for thirty more years until his death in 1919. Today, remains of the mine operations can be seen along the brook, and although most of the mines themselves are outside of park boundary, for your safety stay away from all abandoned mines regardless of location. Most of the gold is known as "placer" gold, deposited by glacial action. Recreational gold panning for personal enjoyment is allowed in Buffalo Brook, however no other methods or commercial operations are allowed.

    The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Homestead and Historic Site is located nearby in Plymouth, VT.

  • Horseback Riding

    Camp Plymouth is a horse camping park. Rides can be taken along the Montpelier-Wells River and the Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail. Also, nearby Hawk Mountain Resort offers a network of trails (in 1,200 acres) for equestrians at no charge if camping at Camp Plymouth.

  • Picnicking

    There is a large, grassy picnic area with many picnic tables and grills. Three picnic pavilions are also available for rent: Harwood, a large indoor pavilion that can hold up to 150 seated people, offers electricity, a walk-in cooler, banquet tables and chairs, and access to horseshoes, paddling, volleyball, swimming, and fishing. Fernwood, an open pavilion that seats up to 100 people, offers 2 group grills, 18+ picnic tables, and access park amenities. Wedding Grove, an open pavilion which can seat up to 60 people, offers a group grill, 12 picnic tables, and access to park amenities.

  • Water Sports

    Camp Plymouth is a popular park for swimming, floating, and wading. The large sandy beach is perfect for building sand castles too. A car top boat launch is in the park for those wanting to bring their own canoes, kayaks, or boats.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Camp Plymouth State Park. Commonly seen animals include white-tailed deer, black bear, beaver, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, porcupine, woodpecker, fox, chestnut-sided warblers, red-tailed hawks and sometimes 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 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. Take advantage of great ice fishing, kite-skiing, or dog sledding on the frozen Echo Lake in wintertime.

Seasonality/Weather

Open from Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend; Open for day use and pavilion rentals weekends throughout the month of September. Open for day use: 10:00 am - sunset.

Directions

Driving

From Hwy 100 in Tyson: cross the concrete bridge, go 1 mi E uphill to crossroad and turn left, go 1 mi N on the east side of Echo Lake.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 228-2025

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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