Little River State Park

Little River State Park

Quick Facts

Little River State Park

Vermont

(802) 244-7103

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Things To Do

Overview

Little River State Park, which is part of Mt. Mansfield State Forest, primarily consists of a campground with 81 tent/trailer sites and 20 lean-tos. This is central Vermont's largest and most popular campground. In the late 1700s, pioneers cleared fields and roads of rocks and stumps from the tracts now called Ricker Basin and Cotton Brook. At one time, a large settlement of 50 or so families lived in this area. The hard demands of the land and weather forced younger generations to abandon the farms. Today, old cemeteries, a sawmill, old town roads, bridges, and many cellar holes can still be found as evidence of a past community.

Map of Little River (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.391778, -72.763948

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Ask Park Interpreter Brian Aust about his favorite species in the park. He also leads birding walks throughout the season. Species commonly seen include: common loon, northern goshawk, broad winged hawk, red-tailed hawk, black capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, veery, hermit thrush, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, and barred owl.

  • Bicycling

    Little River is spread out enough to have a good bike ride just going from one campground area to another. Many multi-use trails go out from the park, so mountain bikers have plenty to choose from. Trail maps can be obtained from the park or online.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Located on the Green Mountain Byway, which runs through the towns of Waterbury and Stowe, between the spine of the northern Green Mountains to the west and the peaks of the Worcester Range to the east. Traveling along the byway provides stunning views of open meadows, farmlands and forests, all with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Historic homes, farmsteads, villages and mill sites are accessible all along the route as well as the area's most prominent natural feature, Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak.

  • Camping

    Little River State Park, which is part of Mt. Mansfield State Forest, primarily consists of a campground with 81 tent/trailer sites, 20 lean-tos and three cabins. This is central Vermont's largest and most popular campground. Three of the four restrooms include hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups are provided.

  • Fishing

    Many people fish from boats, canoes/kayaks, or off of the shore into Waterbury Reservoir. Fish species found in the reservoir include: Rainbow smelt, smallmouth-bass, rainbow and brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, and panfish. Visitors over 15 years of age must carry a valid fishing license.

  • Hiking

    Self-guided history and nature trails are located close to the camping area. There are loop trails both easy and challenging within the park. Nearby Mt. Mansfield has many trails leading up to Vermont's tallest mountain. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    In the early 1800s, pioneers cleared fields, rocks, and stumps in Ricker Basin and Cotton Brook. A settlement of 50 or so families once lived in this area. The hard demands of the land and weather forced younger generations to abandon the farms. Today, old cemeteries, sawmill remains, old town roads, bridges and many cellar holes can still be seen as evidence of a past community. Walk the Little River History Hike to learn more about the history of the area.

  • Picnicking

    Within the campground, there are swimming beaches, play areas, a boat launch, ball field, nature museum, and boat rentals.

  • RVing

    Little River's campground has 81 tent/RV sites (no hookups). Three of the four restrooms include hot showers ($). A dump station is available and ice and firewood are available for purchase. Within the campground, there are swimming beaches, play areas, a boat launch, ball field, nature museum, and boat rentals. Adjacent to the park are miles of hiking trails (open for day use) that take in the rich cultural and natural history of the area.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming, paddling, and jet-skiing are popular recreational activities the whole season long.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Little River State Park. Commonly seen animals include white-tailed deer, fisher, coyote, black bear, beaver, otter, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, woodpeckers, whitebreasted nuthatches, black-capped chickadees, vesper sparrows, alder flycatchers, 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. Dog Sledding and regular sledding are also popular activities throughout the snowy season.

Seasonality/Weather

Open Mid-May - Columbus Day Weekend for camping.

Directions

Driving

From Jct. Hwy 100 and U.S. 2: Go 1-1/2 mi W on U.S. 2, then 3-1/2 mi N on Little River Rd. Located 30 mi south of Burlington just off I-89.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 244-7103

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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