Stillwater State Park

Stillwater State Park

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Stillwater State Park

Vermont

(802) 584-3822

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Overview

Stillwater State Park is part of Groton State Forest which has over 26,000 acres. The forest contains over 17 miles of hiking trails and over 20 miles of gravel roads and multi-use trails suitable for mountain biking and horseback riding. Stillwater has 62 tent/trailer sites and 17 lean-tos. All rest rooms include hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups. There is a swimming beach, boat launch/dock facility, play area, picnic pavilion and the Groton Nature Center is within walking distance.

Map of Stillwater (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.279498, -72.272873

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and paddleboats are all available for rent at Stillwater State Park. This busy park is popular with swimmers on one end of Groton Lake but also has a quiet and serene place for paddlers on the other end. A boat launch and dock facilities are available for those that have their own canoe, kayaks, or boats.

  • 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 Trail runs through this area of the Groton Forest, providing bikers with miles upon miles of trail through wooded areas featuring marshes, rivers, views, and history. The trail is multi-use, but is separated from the road for the most part.

  • Camping

    The campground has 62 tent/trailer sites and 17 lean-tos. All rest rooms include hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups. There is also a play area, picnic pavilion, and access to miles of hiking trails. The Groton Nature Center is within walking distance. Stillwater Campground is located on Lake Groton. Pets are permitted, but not in the day use areas. Firewood and ice are available for purchase.

  • Fishing

    Lake Groton has great fly fishing or spinner fishing whether you are casting from the shore or by boat. Species you might catch include: perch, pickerel, largemouth-bass, smallmouth-bass, bullhead, and panfish.

  • Hiking

    Stillwater has access to miles of hiking trails throughout Groton Forest. Loop trails, nature trails, summit trails, and more offer something for every type of hiker.

    For detailed information and map, click below for the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    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 as a result of the accessible network of waterways.

    The rocky, hillsides were originally cloaked in white pine, spruce, hemlock, beech, maple and birch. These were logged by local farmers for lumber, fuel and potash. The logging industry was large-scale for almost 100 years while the railroad operated. Today, logging is still a vital industry but has lost its dominance in favor of modern society's leisure culture: private cottages/seasonal homes; park development; and a variety of outdoor recreation activities.

    In and around Groton is quintessential Vermont with sleepy towns, busy farms, and many maple syrup vendors. Enjoy the rural roads and the peaceful scenery.

  • Horseback Riding

    Nearby New Discovery State Park offers camping for those traveling by horse. Trails for horseback riding can be found throughout the Groton State Forest.

  • Picnicking

    A play area with shelters is available for day use users as wells as campers. The Groton Nature Center is within walking distance.

  • RVing

    The campground has 62 tent/RV sites (no hook-ups). A dump station is available. Ice and firewood are available for purchase. Pets are permitted in the campground, but not in the day use area. Firewood and ice are available for purchase.

  • Water Sports

    Stillwater State Park is popular with swimmers and water-loving visitors. A large sandy beach offers a place to cool off during hot summer days. Canoe, kayak, and boat rentals are available too. Visitors also can go to nearby Boulder Beach for water fun.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Stillwater State Park. Commonly seen animals include white-tailed deer, fisher, coyote, beaver, fox, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodchuck, woodpecker, porcupine, skunk, moose, red-tailed hawk and sometimes bald eagle.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fun ways to see the park in winter. A network of VAST trails runs through Groton State Forest for snowmobile use. Ice fishing is a popular activity in the winter as well and there are many lakes and ponds to give it a try. 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 May 18 - Labor Day weekend for day use: 10:00 am - sunset.

Directions

Driving

From Groton: Go 2 mi W on U.S. 302, then 6 mi NW on Vt. 232, then 1/2 mi E on Boulder Beach Rd.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 584-3822

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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