As early as 1704, Native Americans and the French were using routes through Groton to reach Canada and Massachusetts. Colonists settled this area of Vermont slightly earlier than the rest of the State as a result of the accessible network of waterways.
The rocky hillsides were originally cloaked in white pine, spruce, hemlock, beech, maple and birch. These were logged by local farmers for lumber, fuel and potash. The logging industry was large-scale for almost 100 years while the railroad operated. Today, logging is still a vital industry but has lost its dominance in favor of modern society’s leisure culture: private cottages/seasonal homes; park development; and a variety of outdoor recreation activities.
Groton State Forest, with over 26,000 acres, is the second largest land block administered by the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. The forest contains over 17 miles of hiking trails and over 20 miles of gravel roads and multi-use trails suitable for mountain biking and horseback riding.
Facilities / Amenities:
The campground has 59 tent/RV sites and 19 lean-to sites. Restrooms have flush toilets, hot and cold running water and coin-operated hot showers. A sanitary dump station is available, but there are no hookups. There is a swimming beach, a boat launch/dock facility, a play area, a shelter, and access to miles of hiking trails. The Groton Nature Center is within walking distance.
Camping: There are 59 tent/RV sites and 19 lean-to sites at the park.
Hiking: Miles of great hiking and walking trails in the Groton State Forest.
Swimming: There is a sandy beach at the park with a designated swimming area.
Boating: There is a boat launch ramp at the park. The park also rents kayaks, canoes and row boats.
Fishing: Perch, pickerel, bass and bullhead can be found in the waters of Lake Groton. This park also participates in the Reel Fun Program. Click here to learn more about Reel Fun fishing at the park (PDF)
Nature Programs: There is a nature center with programs serving the parks in the Groton State Forest.
Mountain Biking: There are lots of great trails through the Groton State Forest.
Horseshoes: There are two horseshoe pits at the park.
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