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Brighton State Park

102 State Park Road
802-723-4360

. The outstanding attraction of this area is its remoteness: mountains with tree-covered slopes, fast running streams, and clear lakes. The wild lands to the northeast and southeast of the town of Island Pond are suited to the angler, the hunter, or the outdoor lover who likes to roam away from developed roads or towns. Logging roads into the deeper reaches of this area offer adventurous side trips.

Island Pond enjoyed a heyday from the late 1800's until the Depression years, along with the fortunes of the Grand Trunk railroad between  Montreal, Canada and Portland, Maine. Island Pond was the site of the first international railroad junction in the United States. At the height of the town’s population, its streets were lively with railroad men and loggers, most of whom rode in on one of the 13 rail tracks that passed through town. A mere two tracks remain today. The unique wooden bridge, which once held all 13 tracks, is gone, but the heritage of railroading is still evident in the well-kept train station and a few associated structures at the north end of town.

Brighton State Park is located on the shores of Spectacle Pond.  A sandy day use beach and bathhouse is located on Island Pond just a half mile from the campground.

The campground sits on the mostly undeveloped Spectacle Pond where it is common to hear loons calling at night. There are 5 cabins, 61 tent/trailer sites and 23 leantos. All three restrooms include hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups. There are hiking trails, a camper's beach with boat rentals, nature museum, an amphitheater, a garage theater, and play area. At the nearby day use area there is a long sandy beach, (at the southern end of Island Pond), a bathhouse with restrooms, and rental boats.



Reviews

Aimee Viens

Rating:
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
You must go camping here. It is beautiful and has great fishing opportunities on the pond and nearby ponds and lakes. The beach is nice and this is one of my favorite places to go camping for over 20 years. It has won park of the year many times with good reason.

Sirena Cullen

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Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
I have grown up in that area and regularly played in Brighton Park as a child. My friends and I thought it was the greatest place ever. A cedar forest wonderland. A great place to brings kids and teens alike to see the true beauty of Vermont's nature.

Jacques Godin

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Monday, April 16, 2018
We have been going there every year, sometimes 4 times per year, since 1993 when we first found this gem of a place, and our family fell in love with this quiet and peaceful campground that has big private lots, a kettle pond, hiking trails, close to Est Burke Kingdom Trails.

Jennifer Duprey

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Very well-maintained park.

paul Dreher

Rating:
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Perfect summer spot.

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