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Little River State Park

3444 Little River Road

In the early 1800s, pioneers cleared fields, rocks, and stumps in Ricker Basin and Cotton Brook. A settlement of 50 or so families once lived in this area. The hard demands of the land and weather forced younger generations to abandon the farms. Today, old cemeteries, sawmill remains, old town roads, bridges and many cellar holes can still be seen as evidence of a past community.

On November 3 and 4 of 1927, torrential rains caused local rivers to rise and drove residents to their roofs. Between 1935 and 1938 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, constructed Waterbury Reservoir. The CCC camp here was a fully operating, thriving community with more than 80 buildings, and housing 2,000 men at its peak. Now, half a century later, only a few solitary chimneys and concrete foundations remain.

Today, Little River State Park is one of the most popular parks in central Vermont. Waterbury Reservoir is particularly favored for boating with a portion of the reservoir devoted to quieter uses. Angling for bass and trout is as popular here as water-skiing.
Enjoy swimming beaches, play areas, boat rentals and a launch, and miles of hiking and mountain bike trails in the adjacent Mt. Mansfield State Forest. Self-guided history and nature trails are located close to the camping area.

Little River State Park, which is part of Mt. Mansfield State Forest, primarily consists of a campground with 81 tent/trailer sites, 20 lean-tos and five cabins. This is central Vermont's largest and most popular campground. Three of the four restrooms include hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups. Within the campground, there are swimming beaches, play areas, a boat launch, ball field, nature museum and programs, and boat rentals. Adjacent to the park are miles of hiking trails (open for day use) that take in the rich cultural and natural history of the area.


Kenneth Sikora

Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
Little River State Park is a quiet campground with a decent number of trails for hiking and biking, and access to the Waterbury Reservoir for swimming and boating. The main roads are paved, which is great, and the place is clean. There is a small amount of history in the area, and the deciduous forest, coupled with the lake and river, makes for the opportunity to observe a variety of local birds.

Laurence Bouchard

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Nice and quiet camping grounds, we had enough space for three tents and cars on our lot. Staff was helpful. Excellent swimming in the lake, it's quite big so it's worth renting a kayak or canoe for half a day. Cannot tell much about the hiking trails since it was so hot when we were there.

Tommy Vo

Thursday, June 28, 2018
lovely campsite for those looking for an experience that is not too extreme. the bathroom is extremely clean. there's a nice lake where you can swim and kayak (have to rent) as well. it does have quiet hrs like most places but the the sites are spaced out pretty well

Carter Neville

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Another great state park with a spot for all campers. Tents to 5th wheels and everything in between. Helpful staff, great water access. Seemed very dog friendly too. Will be back

Paul Juniper

Sunday, June 17, 2018
T53 is a nice site. Close to the nicer bathrooms and lake views. Bring quarters for the shower. Great reservoir and peaceful. But it gets busy on the weekend...go during the week!

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