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Brighton State Park

102 State Park Road

. 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.


Sylvain Huard

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
Sites are private, lots of trees and shade, bathroom/shower facility clean, friendly staff. Since it's not full service, it's quiet and perfect for nature lovers. There's a beautiful small lake. At night, we can hear the Canadian loons. There are 2 lakes, loons are territorial and they warn each others. I go there around 6 weekend per summer and just love that place.

res res

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Rented a cabin for three nights Such a great spot. Easy to get to. Super clean. Can't say enough good about it. I might be a little bias, being from Vermont, but its soooooo beautiful Vermont and people so great Vermont.

Brion van Over

Friday, July 13, 2018
The access for island pond beach here is really nice. They charge 4$ per adult so be prepared, but there's not always someone there collecting. If you call the park ahead of time they'll tell if there's a collector there or not. Water much warmer than Lake Willoughby, good shallow areas for kids to play.

Charlene Templeman

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Brighton State Park has access to both Island Pond and Spectacle Pond. While Island Pond is more open to nearby traffic, Spectacle Pond is more secluded. Island Pond may be better for more beachy activities, like swimming and having a barbeque. Spectacle Pond is better for enjoying the quiet of nature. It's great having access to both, depending on what type of water based outdoor fun you're looking for.

Joel Tourjee

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Great swimming area. It starts shallow really far out. Very clean.

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