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Bomoseen State Park is a classic example of the picturesque Vermont landscape. Three thousand five hundred seventy-six acres sprawl over low mountains covered with birch, maple, and oak trees and wide-open valleys. The way of life is slower in this part of Vermont. Friendships are savored along with a good cup of coffee, and the wildlife is cherished. Count yourself lucky if you catch a fleeting glimpse of a white-tailed deer bounding through the woods or a shy black bear poking his head out of the bushes warily. The park borders a few acres of wetlands as well as Lake Bomoseen, the largest lake that’s entirely inside Vermont’s borders.
Though Bomosteen is a pristine example of wilderness, it’s not an untouched piece. Once, quarries and mining operations dug into the mountainside, gouging great holes into the earth in pursuit of ore and the prized slate stone. Today, remnants of the defunct quarries are still visible; nature has yet to retake the holes and enormous piles of colorful slate shards.
Fair Haven, VT, is a charming town with a few stores and fast-food restaurants. It is about six miles to the south. For more variety in shopping, as well as emergency health care assistance, Rutland is the closest option. Rutland is just over 20 miles east of Bomoseen State Park. Book an RV in Rutland County, VT today and start planning your RV camping vacation with family and friends to Bomoseen State Park.
Several miles of hiking trails meander through Bomoseen State Park. The tree canopy overhead is so dense that at times, it can feel like walking inside a green tunnel. The trails underfoot are soft with years of dried leaves broken down into rich soil. In springtime, after snowmelt, it can, at times, be muddy. The views, as well as the opportunity to glimpse newborn wildlife frolicking in the woods, are well worth a pair of muddy boots.
Bomoseen Lake, which borders Bomoseen State Park, has a surface area of 2,400 acres. It’s prized by both local and out-of-town fishermen for bass fishing, which is especially useful. Anglers can expect to catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, and a few other fish. Two boat launches and fishing piers invite fishermen to try their hand. The park also participates in the state-run Reel Fun Program, which introduces children and adults to the joys of fishing. Through this program, loaner rods and other fishing equipment are available, as are rental boats.
The beaches that line the shores of the lake are great for impromptu games of volleyball and horseshoe toss competitions. On a warm summer day, it’s common to see people stretched out on the sandy shores to get a little tan.
This area is well known for an abundance of waterfalls. Most appear only in late spring after snowmelt occurs. A few, fed by babbling streams and brooks, persist year-round. Sutherland Falls near Proctor cascades down 50 feet, tumbling and bouncing over several tiers of granite and slate stone ledges until it comes to a stop in a large, deep pool. In springtime, this delicate, graceful waterfall turns into a raging, frothing torrent of water that will delight photographers and nature lovers.
Far from hotels, it’s only logical to rent an RV and camp at one of the many campgrounds in southwestern Vermont. Bomoseen State Park RV campgrounds will tick off several boxes. The southern campground, which goes by the name, Bomoseen State Park campground, has 55 RV sites. Although there are no electric and water hookups, pets are permitted, and there is a dump station available. Some sites are designated ADA accessible. There are also restrooms with coin-op showers and flush toilets. Guests can choose between wooded, grassy, or lakefront sites.
You could also RV camp at Half Moon Campground, which is found at the northern end of Bomoseen State Park. With 52 sites to choose from, Half Moon Campground has similar amenities to its southern counterpart, and both campgrounds are open only during the summer months.
Lake Bomoseen KOA may also be a good option to consider. On the eastern shore of Bomoseen Lake, the KOA includes a few extra amenities like WiFi, a dog park, and a swimming pool.
Even in this remote part of Vermont, there are several attractions and interesting spots to visit, and traveling to each is made comfortable by renting a motorhome. On the skirts of Proctor, VT is a bona fide castle called Wilson Castle. Built-in 1867, the stately home is a mashup of different architectural styles that include Dutch neo-renaissance, Scottish baronial, Queen Anne, and a couple of others. The castle has been turned into a museum, and visitors can tour the interior, which is equally eclectic.
Learn about how maple syrup is made at the New England Maple Museum in Pittsford and sample the freshly-made syrup, too. The museum also has a gift shop that features local artisans’ products, which is a great way to take home memorabilia to help remember your RV camping trip. Rutland, VT, also has a handful of museums for visitors to explore, including one that features Norman Rockwell, a famed artist. Several pieces of his original collection are on display.
At the end of a long day of exploring and adventuring, kick up your heels outside a camper rental, and watch the stars appear in the night sky as you enjoy your stay at Bomoseen State Park.