Camels Hump and other Parks & Forests near Waterbury

Consider visiting Camels Hump while staying in your Waterbury Inn in Vermont. BBonline put together a terrific guide to Camels Hump and other natural parks and forests near Waterbury. Some of these attractions keep you busy for hours at a time. Put on your hiking boots and check out the incredible scenery at one or more of these sites.

Camels Hump State Park
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671
(802) 879-5682
www.central-vt.com/web/camel

Camels Hump State Park has 20,000 acres of mountain, native plants, trails and red spruce trees. It's a paradise for active hikers and nature enthusiasts. One of the park's biggest attractions is Camels Hump. It's more than 4,000 feet in elevation, and undisturbed with spruce growing freely upon it. Hiking up to this mountain's peak is a bold experience. Once you arrive at the top, looking around is an awesome feeling. As Vermont's third largest mountain, it won't be hard seeing things that are miles away.

Visitors also come for the opportunities Camels Hump State Park offers. Activities such as skiing in the winter and fishing throughout the year are favorite pastimes. Camping and hiking are other wonderful things available at the state park as well.

Park hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call the state park office for more information on Camels Hump State Park and park regulations.

Little River State Park
3444 Little River Rd
Waterbury, VT 05676
(802) 244-7103
www.vtstateparks.com/htm/littleriver.htm

Visit Little River State Park from May to Columbus Day. Take your kids fishing at this fantastic state park. It has the largest campgrounds in Central Vermont and the most popular. Amenities include four restrooms, hot showers, swimming, boating and a nature museum. Hikers can enjoy miles of hiking and bike trails.

Underhill State Park
PO Box 249
Underhill Center, VT 05490
(802) 899-3022
www.vtstateparks.com/htm/underhill.htm

Underhill State Park is another beautiful park near your Waterbury Bed and Breakfast that you should visit. It's a great place for camping and hiking. Larger than Camels Hump, it's located in Mt. Mansfield State Forest. With more than 30,000 acres of terrain and mountains to cover, you'll be exhausted by the time you leave. You can't drive your vehicle onto the land due to the hillsides, but it's not bad when walking to your destination.

Hikers have choices of four trails that lead up to Mt. Mansfield's summit. The most popular trail is Sunset Ridge. It's only three miles long and gets you to Mt. Mansfield a lot sooner than taking the longer trails. For more help on the trails, the park headquarters provides trail maps upon request. You can also find out the seasonal times when you call.

Gifford Woods State Park
34 Gifford Woods Rd
Killington, VT 05751
(802) 775-5354
www.vtstateparks.com/htm/gifford.htm

Gifford Woods State Park features a lovely forest of beech, hemlock, sugar maple, yellow birch and white ash trees. This forest also has one of the last hardwood tree stands left in the state. Contributing to the park's beauty are wildflowers. They grow all over the forest and park lands. See all that Gifford Woods State Park offers from May to October. Call the park for more information.