Mt. Philo State Park

Charlotte; Chittenden County
232 Acres

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General Description:

Mt. Philo State Park is located in the Champlain Valley town of Charlotte. Although just 968 feet in elevation Mt. Philo is significant with respect to the surrounding landscape. Views from the summit are spectacular and have long been an attraction of park visitors.

Unique Features:

Mt. Philo State Park has a rich history of recreational use with trails and carriage roads to the top and gazebos and vistas along the way. Early owners and neighbors were drawn to the mountain much the same as visitors today. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) planted trees and built roads, trails, campground, ranger quarters, picnic area and the summit lodge.

Recreation Overview:

The park roads and hiking trails of Mt. Philo draw thousands of visitors per year. Whether using the trail system or park roads people hike to the top for exercise, to experience nature, view wildlife – especially birds, and to see the spectacular view from the summit.

Planning Overview:

The Agency of Natural Resources is currently developing a Long-range management plan (LRMP) for the 232-acre Mount Philo State Park located in the Town of Charlotte. Mt. Philo, Vermont’s oldest state park is dominated by the 968’ Mount Philo with spectacular views of the Lake Champlain valley and the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

Planning Updates:

Planning Status:

A public scoping meeting was held in June 2013 and a follow-up internet survey was conducted. A Recreation Workshop was held in June 2016. Development of the draft plan is underway.

Any questions about this parcel? Please contact:

Maria Mayer

Southwest Parks Regional Manager
271 North Main Street, Suite 215
Rutland, VT 05701-2423
Work Phone: 802-770-0893                                             
Fax: 802-786-3870

Lisa Thornton

Stewardship Forester
271 North Main Street, Suite 215
Rutland, VT 05701-2423
Work Phone: 802-777-7480
Fax: 802-786-3870