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After you book an RV in Windsor County, head to Ascutney State Park to experience Vermont’s second-highest mountain peak. Mount Ascutney is located in the southern half of Vermont, near the border that the state shares with New Hampshire, about 40 miles north of Brattleboro. The park and mountain were originally thought to be named after a local settlement along the Sugar River, but it has been decided by local historians that the name instead has no known meaning.
Camping in an RV at Ascutney State Park is a fantastic way to visit the mountain, and it is believed that the mountain was home to the nation’s first public recreation trail, built-in 1825. The park offers many recreation opportunities, and guests who summit the mountain can see the hard work that the Civilian Conservation Corps did when building the park between 1935 and 1938. There are still remnants of the original stonework in some of the buildings, which was quarried on the mountain itself and is known as Ascutney granite.
There are over 2,000 acres of land to explore within the state park boundaries, and guests who rent a camper near Ascutney State Park will be able to stay on-site while exploring until their heart's content. Some of the most popular activities for outdoor enthusiasts at the park are hiking, hang gliding, wildlife viewing, biking, and camping. No matter what you’re visiting the park for, you’ll find that camping with an RV on site is one of the easiest ways to fill your days with adventure.
Hang gliding is very popular at Ascutney State Park, and many enthusiasts consider Mount Ascutney to be the premier hang gliding site in all of New England. The mountain provides extended soaring time, and it isn’t uncommon for hang gliders to launch from Ascutney State Park and land in nearby states. Record flights have been achieved from the mountain, covering over 100 miles from start to finish.
Hiking is also popular at the mountain, and the diverse collection of trails makes it easy to explore at your own leisure. Some of the most notable trails include the Weathersfield Trail, the Windsor Trail, the Brownsville Trail, and the Futures Trail. Between these trails, you’ll have a wide array of difficulty levels to challenge you, and some of them lead to exciting things like waterfalls and panoramic vistas. Be sure to bring your hiking shoes when you pack your rental RV and head to Ascutney State Park.
Although there are no state park RV campgrounds on the mountain itself, many nearby campgrounds exist that make it easy to camp in an RV near Ascutney State Park. Just south of the mountain, you’ll find the Running Bear Camping Area, which has over 50 RV compatible campsites for campers to enjoy. All of the sites at this campground have water and electricity hookups, and some sites have the option for sewer hookups too.
A bit further south of the mountain, you’ll find Getaway Mountain Campground, which offers 100 RV compatible campsites that include pull-through options. These campsites all have full hookups in both 30 and 50 amp, and those camping here will enjoy the added privacy trees between each site. There is an on-site pool, a recreation room, laundry facilities, bathrooms with flushing toilets, and hot showers for campers to use at their leisure.
Just north of Ascutney State Park, you’ll find the town of Windsor, which isn’t huge but has plenty to offer for guests staying in the area. Windsor is home to the American Precision Museum, which holds one of the nation’s largest collections of historical machines and tools. All of the collection is housed in a repurposed former armory, and guests can read about the uses for the various tools and machines while visiting the museum. Windsor also has quite a few restaurants located along its main road, making it easy to park your RV and walk around town before grabbing a bite to eat.
Just across the Vermont-New Hampshire border is the town of Claremont. This small city is larger than Windsor but is a bit further of a drive away. Here you’ll find the Claremont Historical Society, which is a fabulous place to spend time learning about the local history, both in regard to humans and natural occurrences. Claremont is home to large chain stores, so picking up additional supplies for your RV shouldn’t be an issue here.
There is an airport in town, which makes it easy to pick up your Claremont camper rental after flying into this part of the country. Claremont is also home to a small collection of locally owned and operated restaurants, and guests visiting the town can find seasonal ice cream shops, seafood, Chinese buffets, and American style restaurants. There is also the standard selection of chain fast food options for those who prefer something more familiar during their RV trip.