When was the last time you slowed down and took a deep breath of Vermont air, cow manure and all? Too long is our guess? In the remaining days of summer RiseVT wants to connect you with our local State Parks. We’d like to encourage individuals and families to embark on new adventures right here in our ‘backyard’.

List of State Parks in Franklin and Grand Isle County:

The season is Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend (unless otherwise stated)

Lake Carmi State Park, Franklin

  • Season: May 19th – October 9th
  • Pets: are not permitted in designated swimming areas but are allowed elsewhere in the park
  • Hiking: There are some easy walking trails through the park
  • Camping: 138 tent/RV Sites & 35 lean-to’s
  • Swimming: areas in both camp sites with sandy beaches. There is also a day use beach with designated swimming area

Alburgh Dunes State Park, Alburgh

  • Pets: not permitted at this park
  • Swimming: located on one of the longest beaches on Lake Champlain, offers great swimming
  • Fishing: plenty of great fishing on Lake Champlain

Knight Island State Park, North Hero

  • Remote Camping: 1 tent site, 6 lean-to sites
  • Pets: are permitted throughout the park
  • Hiking: There is one trail circling the island
  • Swimming: anywhere around the island

Woods Island State Park, Swanton

  • Camping: 5 remote tent sites
  • Pets: are welcome at the park
  • Hiking: The Island Loop Trail is a 2 mile loop around the island
  • Swimming: no beaches, but excellent swimming anywhere around the island

Kamp Kill Kare State Park, St. Albans 

  • Pets: not permitted at this park, except for transport to Burton Island
  • Swimming: the south-facing swimming area has a mostly sandy bottom
  • Boating: boats are welcome at the park, there is a boat launch and kayaks, canoes and a row boat available for rent

Knight Point State Park, North Hero

  • Pets: not permitted at this park
  • Hiking: there are two trails around and through the point
  • Swimming: there is a beach with a designated swimming area
  • Picnicking: wide expanses of lawn make the park ideal for picnicking. There is also an open-air pavilion that is available to rent

Burton Island State Park, St. Albans

  • Pets: are not permitted in the designated swimming area or in the cabins, also not permitted to swim in the marina. Pets are allowed elsewhere throughout the park
  • Hiking: number of mostly flat trails around the island, including a self-guided nature trail
  • Swimming: plenty of great spots to take a swim in Lake Champlain throughout the island
  • Stand-up Paddle Boards: SUP’s are available to rent
  • Nature Programs: This park offers nature programs. Please call the park (802.524.6353) directly for more information.

RiseVT has 50 FREE park passes that we’d love to give to you to use. These expire September 4th, 2017 so please act quickly. If you’d like to inquire about the availability of these State Parks passes please contact us at info@risevt.com. We can’t wait to hear about your great exploration.

Check out all of the Vermont State Parks at: https://vtstateparks.com/index.html