Fort Dummer State Park

Fort Dummer State Park

Quick Facts

Fort Dummer State Park

Vermont

(802) 254-2610

Map Directions

Things To Do

Overview

Fort Dummer State Park, located in the Connecticut River Valley, has 217 acres of forest land and is located just outside of Brattleboro. The park was named after Fort Dummer, the first permanent white settlement in Vermont.

Located in the southern foothills of the Green Mountains, the forest is more like those of southern New England than a typical Vermont forest. Southern tree species such as white, red and chestnut oaks dominate the hardwood forest, which also contains beech, maple, yellow birch and white birch.

Map of Fort Dummer (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.823487, -72.566266

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Fort Dummer offers many woodland species of birds a home or stop-over point in their migration. Commonly spotted birds include: northern goshawk, broad-winged hawk, ruffed grouse, yellow bellied sapsucker, least flycatcher, black-capped chickadee, wood thrush, red-eyed vireo, black-throated green warbler, and rose-breasted grosbeak.

  • Bicycling

    A dirt road in the park makes a fun and easy mountain biking experience. Simply biking around the campground is a good ride for all ages as well.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Fort Dummer State Park is located on the Molly Stark Byway, a driving tour that winds its way through lowland valleys, historic villages, busy downtowns and the spectacular Green Mountain National Forest.

  • Camping

    The campground has 50 tent/RV sites (no hookups) and 10 lean-to sites. These are located in two adjacent areas and are served by two toilet buildings, both with hot showers ($). There is a dump station, and some limited generator use is permitted. Ice and firewood is available for purchase. Pets are permitted.

  • Hiking

    The park overlooks the site of Fort Dummer, which was flooded when the Vernon Dam was built on the Connecticut River in 1908. This site can be seen from the northernmost scenic vista on the Sunrise Trail. There are two family friendly trails in the park, the Sunrise and the Sunset Trails.

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

  • Historic Sites

    Basketville, Putney; Flea Market, Newfane; Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington; Townshend Dam, Townshend. There are also covered bridges in the area.

  • Picnicking

    There is a small, grassy picnic area available on top of the ridge and several individual picnic areas with picnic tables and grills located throughout the park.

  • RVing

    50 tent/RV sites are available many in wooded areas. There is a dump station, but no hookups. Some limited generator use is permitted. Ice and firewood are available for purchase.

  • Wildlife Watching

    While in Fort Dummer State Park, keep an eye out for fox, coyote, woodchucks, black bear, snakes, frogs, woodpeckers, squirrels, white-tailed deer, and more!

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fun ways to experience 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. A network of VAST trails are located in and around Guildford for snowmobiling.

Seasonality/Weather

Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Directions

Driving

From Jct. I-91 (Exit 1, Brattleboro) & U.S. 5: Go 1/10 mi. N on U.S. 5, then 1/2 mi. E on Fairground Rd., then 1 mi. S on Main Street and Old Guilford Rd.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 254-2610

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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