Immerse yourself in the great outdoors at Brighton State Park, where mountainous forestry, bubbling streams, and mirrored bodies of water surround you at every turn. Located in northeast Vermont, the park is just 18 miles away from scenic Norton, and 43 miles from the artistic city of Lunenburg. Have fun scoping out the area while mountain biking through the breathtaking Kingdom Trails or while navigating the Great Vermont Corn Maze with your family!
With a charming train station and miscellaneous linked railroad sights peppered across town, Brighton State Park campers will find fascinating reminders that Island Pond was once the first international railroad junction in the United States. Brimming with rich history, the park today is a haven of rest and relaxation for the nomadic traveler and the New England local alike. Far away from the city noise, relax while skimming your kayak across Spectacle Pond, or get your heartbeat up while hiking one of the various park trails. Whether you're keen to do some fishing and swimming or simply camping with an RV and family picnicking, search for an RV in Essex County today to get a head start on your nature-inspired getaway.
If you just can’t get enough of hiking, then take on the challenge of tackling all four Brighton State Park trails in one day. Keep your eyes peeled for a loon while walking the Shore Trail, then loop over to the Red Pine Trail where the lush woodland creates a picture-perfect atmosphere. After snapping a woodland selfie, jump on the half-mile Main Trail and go on a spontaneous cross-country run. Then finish your day with a light stroll along the quarter of a mile Logger’s Loop, where you're sure to find colorful flora and fauna hidden along the path.
After a day of hiking the trails, you’ll relish the chance to swim in either of the two swimming areas available at the park. Offering a scenic yet comfortable environment, dip your toes in the cool, clear waters and listen to the sound of loon calls echoing across the water. Or dive all the way into Island Pond or Spectacle Pond for a refreshing morning swim. All cares will float away with the waves as you skim through the waters and connect with nature.
While fishing Spectacle Pond, take advantage of the Reel Fun Gear Loaner Program, a brilliant product of the teamwork between Vermont Fish & Wildlife and Vermont State Parks. The program gives anglers access to loaner fishing gear such as rods and reels, lures, information about the pond, a water map, list of fish species in the water, tips and tricks to fishing. With the fishing gear all provided, now all you have to worry about is whether to fish on the sunny banks of the pond or out on the water while boating.
Camping at Brighton State Park
If you’re looking forward to RV camping at Brighton State Park, then cozy up to the idea of over 50 RV sites to choose from. Offering sites with tranquil lake views, sites within walking distance of self-guided hiking trails, and even more sites near swimming areas, there’s something for everyone here. With a beautiful beach and boat rentals just a stone’s throw away from your site, and an amphitheater and play area for the kids, time will practically fly by.
Although you'll be dry camping at the park, a sanitary dump station is available near your site, along with coin-operated hot showers, flush toilets, and fresh drinking water. Pets are allowed in the park and along most of the trails with you, as long as they are leashed. Have fun motorhome camping in a bucolic environment, with songbirds greeting you in the morning and crickets soothing you to sleep.
Exploring the Area
Just outside of Brighton State Park, you'll find the Maple Grove Museum in St. Johnsbury, where a myriad of maple-inspired food and delights await you. If you’re looking for something a little more hardcore, then break out your mountain bike for a vista of Vermont delights at the Kingdom Trails in East Burke. Notorious for the rugged views and numerous trails ranging in length and difficulty, the Kingdom Trails provide both a great start for bikers who are new to the area and a riveting challenge for returning Island Pond campers.
Also near Island Pond is Danville, home to the Great Vermont Corn Maze. Whether you’re looking to bring the whole family or your special date to this event, you simply can’t go wrong. Navigate the over five miles of veggie walls while successfully completing your punch card and conquering the maze. And when you have conquered, red-faced and breathless, come on back to Island Pond for some home-cooked food at a local café. From pizza to comfort food, diner and café style, Island Pond accommodates a wide range of palates. If you’re low on gas or groceries, then drive right across the street for an easy fill-up of tank and refrigerator. Then head over to your cozy campsite for a night with friends and family around the campfire, making memories that will last a lifetime.