Woodford State Park

Woodford State Park

Quick Facts

Woodford State Park

Vermont

(802) 447-7169

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Things To Do

Overview

This 398-acre park has the highest elevation campground of any park in Vermont, at 2400 feet. Woodford is located on a mountain plateau and surrounds Adams Reservoir. The high elevation spruce/fir/birch forest provides an ideal setting for the park. Woodford borders the George Aiken Wilderness Area, which is in the Green Mountain National Forest. There are several lakes and ponds in the surrounding area.

Map of Woodford (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.890283, -73.042144

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Activities

  • Boating

    Rowboats, canoes, and kayaks are available for rent. Enjoy a serene paddle on Adams Reservoir.

  • Bird Watching

    Woodford State Park provides habitat for open water, wetland, and woodland species of bird. Types you might see include: northern goshawk, broad-winged hawk, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, barred owl, verry, hermit thrush, blue-winged teal, Virginia rail, sora, American coot, common snipe, willow flycatcher, common loon, and osprey.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycle in and around the park for an easy all ages ride or take Rt 9 (a scenic auto road called the Molly Stark Trail) into the Green Mt. National Forest for both great road biking and mountain biking.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Located on the Molly Stark Byway, a scenic road that winds its way through lowland valleys, historic villages, busy downtowns, and the spectacular Green Mountain National Forest. Anchored at either end by vibrant historic town centers in Brattleboro and Bennington, and including a classic New England crossroads village in Wilmington in between, a trip along the 48 mile byway is a great way to experience the full character of southern Vermont.

  • Camping

    The campground has 83 tent/RV sites (no hookups) and 20 lean-to sites. The heavily wooded area surrounds the reservoir and offers great camping opportunities. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. Ice and firewood are available for purchase. Limited generator use is permitted.

  • Fishing

    Adams Reservoir offers great fishing for brook trout. Fish from a canoe, kayak, or off shore. Visitors over 15 years of age must carry a valid fishing license.

  • Hiking

    There are several hiking trails, including a 2.7 mile trail around the lake. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    Bennington Museum and Monument, Park-McCullough Mansion, Hildene and the Equinox Hotel, Manchester; Norman Rockwell Museum in Arlington.

  • Picnicking

    There is a small beach and picnic area near the dam with pit toilet facilities.

  • RVing

    The campground has 83 tent/RV sites (no hookups). The heavily wooded area surrounds the reservoir and offers great camping opportunities. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. Ice and firewood are available for purchase and limited generator use is permitted.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is allowed along the beach at designated spots.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Woodford State Park. Commonly seen animals include white-tailed deer, porcupine, skunk, raccoon, fisher, coyote, beaver, black bear, alder flycatcher, chestnut-sided warbler, red-tailed hawk and sometimes bald eagle. Reptiles and amphibians include snake, 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. The downhill skiing mountains and resorts are minutes drive from the park. Woodford has ski trails within the park, get a map from Vermont State Parks' website.

Seasonality/Weather

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

Directions

Driving

From Bennington: Go 10 mi E on Hwy 9.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 447-7169

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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