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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.


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!

Lisa Cicchetti

Friday, June 15, 2018
A beautiful state park on the Waterbury Reservoir with easy walking trails along the river, affordable boat rentals, and quiet campsites.

Liz B.

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
Beautiful park, friendly staff, one of the nicest state parks I've been to. We stayed in a cabin, great for the colder fall nights. Was impressed it had electricity. Bath house was nice. Wood and ice were reasonably priced. The nature hike was pretty and the info stations had neat facts about the area. Definitely will return.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
A lot of history along these trails. Didn't get to walk as much as I wanted, but totally worth it if you're into that sort of thing

Christian Leblanc

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Very nice campground!! And one of the best mountain bike trail (Hillfarmer)

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