Woodford State Park is tucked in the southwestern corner of Vermont, not far from the town of Bennington. Conveniently located along Route 9, this park is easily accessible for folks traveling from Brattleboro or Albany, NY. The park’s position on the edge of Green Mountain National Forest and it’s proximity to Adam’s Reservoir means there are plenty of outdoor activities to take advantage of when you have an RV rental nearby.
Despite its idyllic surrounds, this small and unassuming park sees few visitors. For these reasons its waters remain calm, its trails secluded and waterfront campsites untouched. Search for an RV in Bennington County today to discover this tranquil gem before the crowds start to roll in.
Adam’s Reservoir is one of the main reasons people choose to rent a camper near Woodford State Park. Sitting at the south end of the park, surrounded by stunning hardwood forest, this 23-acre reservoir provides plenty of opportunities for boating, fishing and winter sports. During the warmer months, boating is the best way to explore the reservoir. Kayak, canoe and paddleboat rentals are available from the parks office. Alternatively, those motorhome camping here with their own boat in tow should head down to the swimming beach and make use of the public boat ramp. Take advantage of the designated swimming area while you’re there and have a dip in the refreshing waters.
Woodford State Park also lends itself to you so that you may enjoy a great day of fishing. Renting an RV here during the month of May will be the most lucrative for fishers, as Adam’s Reservoir will have just been stocked with plenty of brook trout and brown bullhead. For those looking for a fun introduction to fishing, Woodford State Park participates in the Reel Fun fishing program each year, an initiative designed to teach novices how to fish. Do remember that all anglers will need to acquire a Vermont fishing license to fish in these waters!
Renting a motorhome at Woodford State Park has become a popular pastime among keen hikers. All of the trails here are rated from easy to moderate and allow hikers to explore the forests and wetlands at a leisurely pace. The longest route in the park is the 2.7-mile Woodford Trail that winds around the dense softwood forest, whilst the shortest is the Atwood Trail, an easy 0.5-mile stroll along the shoreline.
Camping at Woodford State Park
Sitting at an elevation of 2,400 foot, camping at Woodford State Park is full of scenic woodland vistas and stunning views over Adam’s Reservoir. Located on the eastern side of the reservoir, Woodford State Park offers campers a choice of 100 sites, 76 of which can accommodate a rental RV.
RV campers can choose from three of four different loops, all of which offer shaded sites equipped with a picnic bench, fire pit, and grill. Each site has its advantages; consider setting up camp at loop one for easy access to the day-use area and swimming beach, loop three for the most scenic waterside sites or loop four for access to modern coin-operated bathhouses, complete with hot showers and flushing toilets.
The campground opens seasonally from Memorial Day to Columbus Day each year and can accommodate rigs up to 35 feet long. If you are unsure if you’ll fit, just give the friendly staff a call who will do their utmost to find a site suitable for you!
Exploring the Area
Once you have had your fill of Woodford State Park, the small town of Bennington, steeped with a rich history, is brimming with sites and attractions.
Bennington Museum is a must-visit for any history buff camping with an RV nearby. As well as educating the general public on Vermont’s interesting history, the accredited museum has an impressive collection of regional art. Offering fourteen galleries of permanent and changing exhibitions, there is bound to be something here that tickles your interest. One of their most significant and longest collections is the Grandma Moses Gallery, the largest public collection of paintings by the well-known local artist, Anna Mary Robertson Moses.
Another fascinating attraction in town is Bennington Battlefield, a place that marks the exact location where the Battle of Bennington occurred on the 16th of August 1777. The battle that occurred here was a Revolutionary War battle between the Americans and the British who were planning to plunder the American storehouses. The Americans were victorious, and the feat is remembered at this site today. Follow the 2.7-mile trail that is full of interpretive signs and monuments to help recreate that victorious day.
For a final stop on the historical tour of Bennington, take a moment to visit the First congregational Church of Bennington. This historic church organized its first congregation as early as 1762 and has been added to the National Register of Historic Places for its title as one of the state’s best examples of Federal period religious architecture. Although just a quick stop-off attraction, the impressive façade, and interior of this church will have a lasting impact on all.