Maidstone State Park

Maidstone State Park

Quick Facts

Maidstone State Park

Vermont

(802) 676-3930

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Things To Do

Overview

Maidstone is the most remote of Vermont's state parks and still retains much of the wilderness character associated with the Northeast Kingdom. Maidstone Lake was created when glacial ice carved out a deep basin in a preexisting valley. When the last glaciers melted 12,000 years ago, a deep, clear, cold lake was formed.

Map of Maidstone (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.631160, -71.653140

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoes, kayaks, and row boats are available at the park for rental.

  • Bird Watching

    Maidstone Lake is a special place for loons. It is one of the few lakes in Vermont where loons have reared their young in recent years. The loon loves the solitude of the northern lakes whose shores are rimmed with spruce-fir shade. Once common in Vermont, the loon has recently been removed from the endangered species list, but remains a species of concern.

    Many other beautiful species of bird have been spotted in and around Maidstone State Park. Some include: yellow-rumped warbler, Canada goose, long-tailed duck, bald eagle, golden eagle, red-tail, northern harrier, goshawk, snow bunting, red shoulder, osprey, kestrel, junco, chickadee, cardinal, white-throated sparrow, blue jay, morning dove, white-breasted nuthatch, goldfinch, tufted titmice.

  • Bicycling

    Take Maidstone Lake Road around the lake for a peaceful, relatively flat ride. This low traveled road offers great views of the lake and forest beyond.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Maidstone State Park is located on the Connecticut River Byway, a scenic road running along the border of New Hampshire. Along this road you can visit the birthplace of Vermont, drive across a two span covered bridge 465 feet long built in 1866, and visit a museum housing the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation. You can also see the old Boston-Maine steam locomotive #494 built in 1892 and wander through two restored historic railroad stations that now serve as waypoint centers. Farms, craft/antiques shops, glass blowing foundries, and a micro brewery are also along the way. Enjoy!

  • Camping

    The campground has 44 RV/tent sites (no hook-ups) and 37 lean-tos. Three of the four rest rooms include hot showers ($). A dump station is available and some limited generator use is allowed. Ice and firewood are available for purchase.

  • Fishing

    The lake offers good lake trout and salmon fishing and has had some outstanding record catches and nearby there's great fishing locations all along the Connecticut River. Species there include: rainbow trout, brown trout, yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, chain pickerel, largemouth-bass, smallmouth-bass, bullhead, panfish, and crappie. Visitors over the age of 15 must carry a valid fishing license.

  • Hiking

    Nature trails (Moose Trail, Loon Trail, and Shore Trail) are available near the campground and along the water in the park. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    West Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Silvio Conte National Wildlife Refuge, Nulhegan River, Brighton State Park, Wenlock Wildlife Management Area, Victory State Forest, Burke Mountain, Kingdom Trails, Willoughby State Forest, Crystal Lake State Park, historic St. Johnsbury, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium.

  • Picnicking

    Maidstone State Park has an open log pavilion that seats up to 60 people available for renting. The pavilion offers a fireplace, picnic tables, and access to swimming, paddling, and fishing.

    Quiet picnic areas can also be found along the swimming beach area.

  • RVing

    The campground has 44 tent/RV sites (no hookups), both wooded and waterview. A dump station is available. Ice and firewood are available for purchase. Pets are permitted, but not at the beach.

  • Water Sports

    Maidstone Lake has a nice beach for swimming, paddling, or boating. It is known as a peaceful place, remote and quiet. Enjoy a relaxing evening paddle while listening to the loons.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Maidstone 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. Ice fishing and ice skating can be done on Maidstone Lake once the waters freeze.

Seasonality/Weather

Open Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend. Open for Day use: 10:00 am - sunset.

Directions

Driving

From Bloomfield: Go 5 mi S on Hwy 102, then 5 mi SW on State Forest Hwy.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 676-3930

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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