Mt. Philo State Park

Mt. Philo State Park

Quick Facts

Mt. Philo State Park

Vermont

(802) 425-2390

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Things To Do

Overview

The 168-acre park is located atop Mt. Philo (968' elevation) and overlooks the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. A narrow, steep road (not recommended for trailers) provides visitors access to the top of the mountain. This is Vermont's oldest state park, created in 1924.

Map of Mt. Philo (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.277900, -73.219929

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    This is a birding paradise. Download our birding guide to help you start finding all the different species in the park (http://www.vtstateparks.com/pdfs/philo_birds.pdf). The views from the summit allow for watching the birds as they soar into the lowlands. Species you can see include: red-tailed hawk, phoebe, cliff swallow, common raven, solitary sandpiper, or a belted kingfisher.

  • Bicycling

    Many bikers get a great workout biking up the State Park Road, which leads to the summit of Mt. Philo. Check out the other Lake Champlain Bikeways for longer trips.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Mt. Philo St Park is located on the Lake Champlain Byway, a scenic road where visitors will find communities of many different sizes with a variety of things to do and places to explore, including quiet farming communities, bustling small cities, and quaint villages. Window shop at small family owned stores and dine at restaurants featuring fresh foods from local Vermont farms. Travelers to the byway can visit an original log cabin built in 1783, considered the oldest remaining in the United States.

  • Camping

    A small camping area with a total of 10 sites including 3 lean-tos, is located at the top of the mountain. Flush toilets and hot showers ($) are provided. Caution: steep entrance and camp roads - not recommended for trailers. Firewood is available for purchase at the park. Pets are permitted.

  • Fishing

    Nearby Lake Champlain offers many different species of fish including: brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow smelt, 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

    Hiking trails (House Rock Trail and Devil's Chair Trail) lead from the base to the summit. Both offer steep climbs with beautiful vistas along the way and are popular with the locals. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    Basin Harbor Maritime Museum, Crown Point, Chimney Point, Fort Ticonderoga, Shelburne Museum, Lake Champlain Ferries, and the Morgan Horse Farm, Middlebury.

  • Picnicking

    An indoor shelter is available to rent and can seat up to 60 people and provides electricity, fireplace grill, 2 refrigerators, rectangular tables and chairs, and access to basketball and hiking.

    Mountain-top picnic tables offer spectacular views of the lake, valley, and mountains to the west.

  • Water Sports

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  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Mt. Philo State Park. Commonly seen animals include white-tailed deer, fisher, coyote, skunk, porcupine, woodchuck, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, woodpeckers, 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. Nearby Lake Champlain offers frozen waters for ice fishing, kite-skiing, dog sledding, or ice skating.

Seasonality/Weather

Open Memorial Day weekend - Oct 12. Open for day use 10:00 am - sunset.

Directions

Driving

From Jct. Hwy 22A and U.S. 7: Go 6 mi N on U.S. 7, then 1 mi E on a local road (Caution: steep entrance and camp roads -- not recommended for trailers)

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 425-2390

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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