Ricker Pond State Park

Ricker Pond State Park

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Ricker Pond State Park

Vermont

(802) 584-3821

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Overview

Nestled in Groton State Forest, Ricker Pond State Park sits below the hustle and bustle of Lake Groton. The park has a quiet atmosphere where loons call nightly and many of the campsites overlook the water. Ricker Pond State Park, established in the 1930's, is located on the western shores of Ricker Pond and adjacent to the Montpelier-Wells Rail Trail (Cross Vermont Trail). Visitors have access to great hiking, boating, swimming, camping, wildlife, and more in the park.

Map of Ricker Pond (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.243610, -72.249250

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is a popular activity on Ricker Pond. This 95 acre pond provides serene boating and paddling. A boat launch is located in the park for those who bring their own kayak, canoe, or boat.

  • Bird Watching

    Many beautiful species of bird have been spotted in Groton State Forest. With over 26,000 acres of protected land, you are sure to spot many species. Some include: common loon, bufflehead, osprey, bonaparte's gull, common tern, herring gull, mergansers, white-winged scoter, broad-winged hawk, pileated woodpecker, red-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, verry, hermit thrush, wood thrush, red-eyed vireo, and rose-breasted grosbeak.

  • Bicycling

    The Cross Vermont Bike trail and the Montpelier-Wells River Rail Trail go right through Ricker Pond State Park. Hop on for a beautiful ride through wooded areas with views of summits, marshes, bogs, and vistas.

    The park is also close to over 20 miles of gravel roads and multi-use trails suitable for mountain or hybrid biking. Rt. 232 is a popular road bike route as the traffic is light. The hills and mountains in Groton State Forest are not for the meek! Elevation changes are significant and your legs will get a good workout.

  • Camping

    The campground has 27 tent/trailer sites (no hook-ups), 23 lean-tos, 5 cabins and a waterfront rental cottage that comfortably sleeps up to 5 and comes with a canoe. Two of the three rest rooms include hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available. Ice and firewood are available for purchase.

  • Fishing

    There's great fishing in Ricker Pond. Species there include: yellow perch, chain pickerel, largemouth-bass, smallmouth-bass, bullhead, panfish, and crappie. Visitors over 15 years of age must carry a valid fishing license.

  • Hiking

    A network of great hiking trails can be accessed right from Ricker Pond State Park. Silver Ledge Mountain has a beautiful summit overlooking the forest and lakes of Groton. Keep an eye out for the many types of wildlife while hiking - there's something new to see around every turn.

    For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    Ricker Pond State Park, established in the 1930's, is located on the western shores of Ricker Pond and adjacent to the Montpelier-Wells Rail Trail (Cross Vermont Trail).

    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.

  • Horseback Riding

    Nearby New Discovery State Park welcomes campers with horses. A network of over 20 miles of gravel roads and multi-use trails are suitable for horseback riding.

  • Picnicking

    Take a picnic on the beach of Ricker Pond or find a nice sunny rock along the water's edge. The scenic and quiet atmosphere will make for a very relaxing meal.

    Nearby in Boulder Beach State Park and Omore Pond, picnic pavilions are available to reserve.

  • RVing

    The campground has 27 tent/RV sites (no hook-ups). Two of the three rest rooms include hot showers ($). A dump station is available. Ice and firewood are available for purchase. There is a swimming beach, boat launch, and access to miles of hiking trails.

  • Water Sports

    Ricker Pond has a small beach for swimming. Visitors can also paddle to other sections of the pond to cool off during the hot days of summer.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Ricker Pond 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.

Seasonality/Weather

Open Memorial Day weekend - Columbus Day weekend.

Directions

Driving

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

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 584-3821

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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