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Jamaica - Jamaica State Park

48 Salmon Hole Lane

Jamaica State Park, now comprising 772 acres, was completed and opened to the public in 1969.

Previously, the area had supported a few small farms and a sawmill. The West River Railroad ran through the park. The old railroad bed is now used as the trail that leads along the West River to Ball Mountain Dam. The railroad operated from about 1879 until 1927, when a flood wiped most of it out.

The area at Salmon Hole, now used as the swimming area, was the site of a famous Indian Massacre in 1748.

Jamaica State Park is located on a bend of the West River about one-half mile from the center of the town of Jamaica. Nearby to the north is Ball Mountain. Hamilton Falls is located about one mile up Cobb Brook, which enters the West River upstream from the park. The West River has a very large drainage area extending from Weston and the south side of Terrible Mountain to Windham on the east and Bromley on the west.

Every fall, on one weekend in September, there is a water release on the West River from Ball Mountain Dam that draws whitewater paddlers to the park.

The West River is also a favorite spot for many fishermen. The combination of deep slow running water and shallow fast ripples makes for some fine fishing.

There are 41 tent/trailer sites and 18 lean-to sites that are spread out through the campground. Two rest rooms, complete with hot showers ($), are located in the campground. A picnic shelter and nature center are located near the picnic area and swimming hole. A hiking trail follows the West River and branches off toward Hamilton Falls.


Steven Leslie

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
I visited in winter when the park is officially closed, yet the gate is open, lot is plowed and public is welcome. The rail trail along the river is nice for easy XC skiing and snowshoeing. Trails to the overlook and waterfall are too rough for skis. I plan to return in summer.

C Dickson

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
Hiked from the parking lot to Hamilton was the day after a big rainstorm so the falls were quite impressive! The falls are much bigger and more splendid than the pictures make it seem. On the way back from Hamilton falls I went to the overlook trail...which will lead you back to the campground. The overlook doesn't add much to your overall distance and it's well worth it if you have some up and down left in your legs. All of the trails were well marked and easy to follow.


Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017
Jamaica state Park is a great place for a day picnic or just for a walk along the river. The campsite are great.the lean to sites are right along the river. So you can fall asleep to the sound of water

Annie Allen

Monday, July 24, 2017
We spent 2 nights here during an RV trip in July. There are no hook ups available at the site but there is a dump station. A nice variety of camping spots available and it was very quiet. A really beautiful area. From the campgrounds there is very easy access to Salmon Hole, a great swimming hole along the river. I would recommend riding bikes on the path along the river to the trailhead leading to Hamilton Falls. Its a good hike to walk it all the way with kids. The people who knew better rode their bikes. The hike to the Falls is a moderate climb. The waterfall was beautiful. We had it to ourselves for about 20 minutes and waded in the lower pools. Do not attempt to climb the falls. The rocks are very slippery. I would return here again. There were other trails to be explored. FYI. We had no cell service there and neither did other campers we spoke to. We had to drive into the little area of Jamaica to get a signal. No biggie except when you want to check weather. The little grocer in Jamaica was great for grabbing a coffee and picking up provisions.

Erin Lupa

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Beautiful and large camp ground with decent bathrooms and it's right at a white water put in/take out for the West river.

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