New Discovery State Park

New Discovery State Park

Quick Facts

New Discovery State Park

Vermont

(802) 426-3042

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Things To Do

Overview

Welcome to New Discovery State Park. As early as 1704, Native Americans and the French were using routes through Groton to reach Canada and Massachusetts. Colonists settled this area of Vermont slightly earlier than the rest of the State through the accessible network of waterways.

Map of New Discovery (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.322374, -72.289181

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Activities

  • Boating

    Nearby Osmore Pond is a serene spot to launch your canoe or kayak. Bring a picnic for after you are done paddling and enjoy an open pavilion overlooking the water.

  • Bird Watching

    Many beautiful species of bird have been spotted in and around New Discovery. Some include: pied-billed grebe, American bittern, green heron, wood duck, blue winged teal, woodcock, common snipe, common loon, yellow warbler, red-winged blackbird and barred owl.

  • Bicycling

    Groton State Forest has many multi-use trails for mountain biking and hybrid bikes. Explore these or choose to take the lightly traveled roads that wind through the area.

  • Camping

    The campground has 47 tent/RV sites and 14 lean-tos. Both rest rooms include hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups. There is a seven site horse camping area located in New Discovery State Park. The group camping area features a hitching post, water spigot and trough for watering horses. Just up the roadway and past the toilet/shower area, is a horse washing station. Other pets are allowed at designated camp sites. Ice and firewood are available for purchase.

  • Fishing

    Nearby Osmore Pond is a beautiful and quiet place to fish. You can catch brook trout or bullhead species.

  • Hiking

    There is a play area and access to miles of multi-use trails. Learn to read the forested landscape along the Groton State Forest Nature Trail. You can start this half mile hike behind the nature center after exploring the interactive exhibits inside. Walk for half an hour and discover the secrets of forest transition, wildlife homes, and the historic inhabitants of the forest. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    Explore nature on your own or join in exciting activities with the knowledgeable naturalists at the Groton State Forest Nature Center. The Nature Center also offers exhibits and cultural displays.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riders wishing to ride for the day can trailer their horses to the northern parking area near the entrance to New Discovery State Park, the Kettle Pond day use parking area, or at the public boat launch at the southern end of Ricker Pond. Riders can easily access the Montpelier-Wells River Rail Trail (Cross Vermont Trail) and forest and town roads from these locations.

    There is a seven site horse camping area located in New Discovery State Park. The group camping area features a hitching post, water spigot and trough for watering horses. Just up the roadway, and past the toilet/shower area, is a horse washing station.

  • Picnicking

    An open picnic pavilion with rest rooms is located at Osmore Pond about one mile from the campground. This pavilion that overlooks the water seats about 100 people and is the perfect secluded place for a family get-together.

    Another picnic pavilion can be found at Owls Head. This open log pavilion seats up to 50 people and provides a fireplace, picnic tables, and access to hiking. An outhouse is nearby.

  • RVing

    The campground has 46 tent/RV sites and 15 lean-to sites. Seven of the sites are designed to accommodate horse campers. All restrooms include hot showers ($). A dump station is available, but there are no hook ups. Ice and firewood are available for purchase.

  • Water Sports

    Nearby Osmore Pond offers swimming, wading, and floating in addition to great paddling.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in New Discovery State Park. Commonly seen animals include white-tailed deer, fisher, coyote, black bear, beaver, otter, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, woodchuck, woodpeckers, racoons, porcupines, red-tailed hawks and sometimes bald eagles. Reptiles and amphibians include wood frog, snake, 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. Osmore Pond is a great spot for ice fishing once the waters freeze.

Seasonality/Weather

Open Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend. Overnight camping is available. Open for day use 10 a.m. to sunset.

Directions

Driving

From Groton: Go 2 mi W on U.S. 302, then 9-1/2 mi NW on Vt. 232.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 426-3042

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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