Half Moon State Park

Half Moon State Park

Quick Facts

Half Moon State Park

Vermont

(802) 273-2848

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Things To Do

Overview

Nestled away in the forests of 3,500-acre Bomoseen State Park sits the quiet camping area comprising Half Moon Pond State Park. Set in the dense woods of a small, sheltered basin, the park surrounds Half Moon Pond.

Map of Half Moon (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.699589, -73.223276

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Activities

  • Boating

    Human powered boats, such as rowboats, kayaks, canoes, and pedal boats are a great way to explore Half Moon Pond. These are also available for rent from the park office.

  • Bicycling

    An easy bike ride for all ages can be done around the campground itself. For those wanting a longer ride, take the secondary road towards Bomoseen State Park. This low trafficked road has subtle elevations changes and provides a rural and scenic experience.

  • Camping

    The campground offers camping for all tastes with its waterfront campsites, lean-tos and five furnished cabins. For those seeking more creature comforts, Tall Timbers Cottage, with its waterfront location and private boat dock, offers all the amenities of home. With sites both on the water's edge and back in the woods, the 52 tent sites, 5 cabins and 11 lean-to sites provide great camping opportunities in a quiet, peaceful environment. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. There are hiking trails to High Pond and to Bomoseen State Park.

  • Fishing

    The pond also has excellent fishing, where anglers can catch panfish, yellow perch, largemouth-bass and rainbow trout. Other exceptional fishing opportunities can be found at nearby Glen Lake and Lake Bomoseen.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails to High Pond and to Bomoseen State Park are a great day activity for campers. Hikers can continue their journey further on Bomoseen nature trails. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    There are stock car races, historic sites, museums, horseback riding in the area, and other attractions including Hubbardton Battlefield, Wilson Castle, and Vermont Marble Exhibit, Proctor; Morgan Horse Farm, Middlebury; Lake Champlain Ferries, Devil's Bowl Speedway, Benson; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Independence Farm, Orwell.

  • Picnicking

    Campers can take a picnic around the pond or hike over to Lake Bomoseen where picnic tables or a picnic pavilion are available.

  • RVing

    With sites both on the water's edge and back in the woods, the 52 tent/RV sites in a quiet, peaceful environment. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. Ice and firewood are available for purchase.

  • Water Sports

    Two small, sandy beaches provide locations for sunbathing and swimming. Bring an inner tube and enjoy the cool waters of the Pond by having a relaxing float.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Half Moon State Park. Commonly seen animals include white-tailed deer, fisher, coyote, black bear, beaver, otter, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodchuck, woodpeckers, whitebreasted nuthatches, black-capped chickadees, skunk, porcupine, 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. Also, Lake Bomoseen and Half Moon Pond are great places for ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or dog sledding.

Seasonality/Weather

Open Memorial Day weekend - Columbus Day weekend for camping.

Directions

Driving

Between Fair Haven and Rutland on Rt. 4, take Exit 4. Go North on Rt. 30 for 6 1/2 mi, left on Hortonia road for 2 mi and left on Black Pond Rd for 2 mi.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 273-2848

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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