Jamaica State Park

Jamaica State Park

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Jamaica State Park

Vermont

(802) 874-4600

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Things To Do

Overview

Jamaica State Park, located in the Londonderry area of Vermont, is a well known spring and fall destination for whitewater boaters when water is released from Ball Mountain Dam. It is divided into two beautiful mixed forest areas, the West River and Shatterack Mountain.

Map of Jamaica (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.105540, -72.772830

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Activities

  • Boating

    Every spring and fall during one weekend in late April and late September, there is a water release on the West River from Ball Mountain Dam. This is a semiannual event for many kayakers and canoeists from all over New England.

  • Bird Watching

    Many beautiful species of birds have been spotted in and around Jamaica. Species include: yellow-rumped warbler, Canada goose, pied-billed grebe, American bittern, willow flycathcer, marsh wren, swamp sparrow, long-tailed duck, golden eagle, red-tail, northern harrier, goshawk, red shoulder, osprey, chickadee, cardinal, white-throated sparrow, blue jay, morning dove, white-breasted nuthatch, and goldfinch.

  • Bicycling

    A few multi-use trails can be found in Jamaica State Park. The West River Trail is a converted rail bed, making for an easy, relatively flat trail that follows along the river in places. Look for the blue blazes of the Overlook Trail. You may have to dismount your bike and walk in sections to actually see the overlook.

    Maps of all trails can be found online or at the park.

  • Camping

    There are 41 tent/RV sites (no hookups) and 18 lean-to sites that are spread out through the campground. Two rest rooms, complete with hot showers ($), are located in the campground. Firewood and ice are available for purchase. Limited generator use is permitted.

  • Fishing

    The West River is also a favorite spot for many fishermen. The combination of deep, slow running water and shallow, fast ripples makes for fine fishing. Species include: brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and small-mouth bass,

  • Hiking

    A hiking trail follows the West River and branches off toward Hamilton Falls. West River Railroad once ran through the park, and the old railroad bed is now used as the trail that leads along the West River to Ball Mountain Dam. Overlook Trail provides a steep climb through sensitive vegetation, but rewards hikers with a beautiful vista.

    Maps of the trails can be found online or at the park.

  • Historic Sites

    Stop by the picnic shelter and visit the nature center to discover the mysteries of the West River Railroad and experience the history of the park. Search the secrets of the river and forest life in this special place along the West River. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Picnicking

    A picnic shelter and nature center are located near the picnic area and swimming hole.

  • RVing

    There are 41 tent/RV sites (no hookups) and a dump station. Limited generator use is permitted. Ice and firewood are available for purchase. Pets are permitted at the campsites.

  • Water Sports

    Great swimming and wading opportunities are available in the West River. Bring an inner tube and hike a little ways upstream and float back to where you started. Enjoy the ride while cooling off.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Jamaica State Park. Visitors can spot commonly seen animals such as white-tailed deer, fox, black bear, beaver, otter, turkey, ruffed grouse. 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 experience 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 May 8th - Columbus Day weekend. Open for day use 10:00 am - sunset.

Directions

Driving

From Jamaica: Go 1/2 m E on Depot St.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 874-4600

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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