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What a great way to spend the afternoon:  pack up the family, grab the cooler and some charcoal and spend a day by the lake fishing and swimming.  When you’re ready, fire up the grill and enjoy burgers, dogs or even s’mores.

When it might be hard to get away for a long stretch of time, just a few hours at a quiet retreat can make it feel as if you’d been away on vacation. Our state forests are great options for quiet family moments in a more backcountry setting: bring some trail mix, sandwiches or other tasty trail treats. 

Vermont State Parks has covered picnic pavilions with seating for 30 – 700 people and group-sized grills, or little private picnic bowers with picnic tables, grills or sometimes stone fireplaces, often in a secluded spot by the lake.

Most of our favorite picnicking parks also offer swimming, fishing, boat rentals, horseshoes, playgrounds and sometimes concession stands.


Vermont State Parks: Where to Go

Picnic Pavilions & SheltersParks with picnic bowers

Additional Resources

Day Use Hours and Information (including picnic pavilions and snack bars)Pets in Picnic Areas