Charlotte; Chittenden County
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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.
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.
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.
- Mt. Philo State Park Interactive Campground Map and Guide
- Mt. Philo Birding Guide
- Information on hunting, fishing and trapping in Vermont
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.
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is hosting a meeting to provide an opportunity for public input on the draft long-range management plan for Mt. Philo State Park.
The meeting will be held on Thursday April 19, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Charlotte Central School on Hinesburg Road in Charlotte, Vermont.
The format for this meeting will be an open house. At 6 pm, participants will have the opportunity to review the draft plan, view maps, discuss goals and strategies with staff from the Departments of Forests, Parks & Recreation and Fish and Wildlife, and provide written comments. At 7 pm there will be a brief presentation providing a planning overview, highlighting portions of the plan and outlining next steps. Following the brief presentation, participants can continue to meet with Agency staff and provide comment.
Visitors are welcome to arrive and depart at any time during the two-hour meeting.
Drafted and reassessed periodically with collaboration among agency experts and public input, long-range management plans for ANR lands represent an important framework for providing responsible stewardship of public land. The Mt. Philo draft plan sets a long-term outline for management, but also takes into account the nature of this unique state park and incorporates some short-term considerations not typically included in other plans. Careful stewardship of Mt. Philo State Park supports a healthy forest that provides for a range of high-quality recreational activities, especially hiking; supports functioning natural communities; and strives for a careful balance and integration of public uses.
Written comments may also be submitted online or through the mail to the following address until close of business on June 1, 2018: ANR.MountPhilo@vermont.gov or Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, 271 North Main Street, Suite 215, Rutland, VT 05701.
View the draft LRMP and a summary FAQ document through the links below:
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