Coolidge State Park

Coolidge State Park

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Coolidge State Park

Vermont

(802) 672-3612

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Overview

A trip to Coolidge State Park is a trip back in time; the park remains essentially the same as it was in the 1930's, when it was first created. Known for its rustic feel and authentic character, Coolidge State Park is the developed recreation centerpiece of the 21,500 acre Calvin Coolidge State Forest. Its beautiful hillside campsites give way to dramatic mountain views, and the park is the largest state-owned land holding in central Vermont

Map of Coolidge (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.548260, -72.695236

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is permitted and boat rentals are available at nearby Camp Plymouth State Park.

  • Bird Watching

    Woodland and Cliff/Bluff bird species can be found in and around Coolidge State Park. Take your binoculars and see if you can spot some of the following species: red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, eastern phoebe, cliff swallow, northern goshawk, ruffed grouse, hairy woodpecker, white-breasted nuthatch, wood thrush, red-eyed vireo, or a rose-breasted grosbeak.

  • Bicycling

    Due to the steep roads leading to Coolidge campgrounds, cyclists will get a workout just biking around the park. For those wanting a longer or more adventuresome ride, check out the many trails in and around the Okemo Mountain for mountain biking.

  • Camping

    Coolidge State Park is the only Vermont park with an entire loop of lean-to campsites, some of which have sweeping views of the Black River Valley and the Green Mountains. Many campers feel that sites at Coolidge have the best views in all of Vermont. The park also has a loop of forested campsites, and restroom facilities with showers. Firewood and ice are available for purchase. Pets are permitted.

    26 tent/RV sites are available (no hookups), but due to the steepness of the park entry road, this park is only appropriate for small RVs. A dump station is available and some limited generator use is permitted.

    A group camping area is also available.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted in park streams, and also on nearby Echo Lake at Camp Plymouth State Park. Visitors 15 years of age or older must carry a valid fishing license.

  • Hiking

    There are over 30 miles of maintained trails in the area, and a section of the Appalachian Trail/Long Trail runs through the Coolidge Range. There are also many miles of roads in the woods for walking and exploring. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    Calvin Coolidge State Forest was established in 1925, when Perry Merrill (then head of State Forests and Parks) arranged the purchase of a tract of land in Plymouth. This was the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States. Merrill was successful in obtaining funds for the property due to the great public interest in the Coolidge family and the popularity of Plymouth Notch.

    Camp Calvin Coolidge, located in Calvin Coolidge State Forest, was established June 9, 1933 as the third Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in Vermont. The original Coolidge State Park was built solely by the CCC, which also completed a network of forest highways and carried out extensive reforestation projects.

    Much of what is now Coolidge State Forest was once cleared for tilled land and pasture, as evidenced by extensive stonewalls and foundations. In the late nineteenth century, there was a small town immediately adjacent to Coolidge State Park, which would eventually become part of the Forest. A store, blacksmith shop, and a hotel were among the businesses located in the town.

    During your stay at Coolidge, you might enjoy a trip to the Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, which is located next to the park.

  • Picnicking

    A renovated picnic pavilion (originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps) provides seating for up to 70. The pavilion also has electricity, a fireplace, and dramatic views. The open stone and wooden pavilion can be rented for group functions and there is group camping available nearby.

  • RVing

    26 tent/RV sites are available (no hookups), but due to steepness of park entry road, this park is only appropriate for small RVs. A dump station is available and some limited generator use is permitted. Firewood and ice are available for purchase and pets are permitted.

  • Water Sports

    A large swimming beach is located at nearby Camp Plymouth State Park.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The forests of Coolidge provide ample opportunity to spot wildlife such as ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer, porcupine, fox, skunks, woodchucks, salamanders, frogs, black bear, and squirrels.

  • Winter Sports

    The Coolidge Range is popular for cross-country and backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. There is a detailed Winter Recreation Trail Map & Guide available at the park or online.

Seasonality/Weather

Open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend.

Directions

Driving

From Jct. Hwy 100 and Hwy 100A: Go 2 mi N on Hwy 100A.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 672-3612

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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