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Little River State Park

3444 Little River Rd, Waterbury, VT 05676 (Map) (Set as Local)
(802) 244-7103 - Phone

Little River State Park Waterbury Vermont

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(802) 244-7103 - Phone
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 Trail work slated at historic Little River site
Waterbury Record Posted on: 12:46 pm Fri Jul 1st, 2011
Work has begun on a handicapped-accessible nature trail at a historic Little River State Park campground. Volunteers have begun clearing brush for a mile-long walking and biking trail at the former Civilian Conservation Corps campground.
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Little River State Park

Located in Waterbury

Little River State Park
3444 Little River Rd.
Waterbury, Vermont 05676

Park Phone: 802-244-7103

Season: May 16 - Columbus Day Weekend

Pets are permitted at this park but not allowed in cabins

From Jct. Hwy 100 and U.S. 2: Go 1-1/2 mi. W on U.S. 2, then 3-1/2 mi. N on Little River Rd. Located 30 miles south of Burlington just off I-89.

N44deg 23.392' W72deg 46.041' Directions/Map

About the Park:

In the early 1800s, pioneers cleared fields, rocks, and stumps in Ricker Basin and Cotton Brook. A settlement of 50 or so families once lived in this area. The hard demands of the land and weather forced younger generations to abandon the farms. Today, old cemeteries, sawmill remains, old town roads, bridges and many cellar holes can still be seen as evidence of a past community.

On November 3 and 4 of 1927, torrential rains caused local rivers to rise and drove residents to their roofs. Between 1935 and 1938 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, constructed Waterbury Reservoir. The CCC camp here was a fully operating, thriving community with more than 80 buildings, and housing 2,000 men at its peak. Now, half a century later, only a few solitary chimneys and concrete foundations remain.

Today, Little River State Park is one of the most popular parks in central Vermont. Waterbury Reservoir is particularly favored for boating with a portion of the reservoir devoted to quieter uses. Angling for bass and trout is as popular here as water-skiing.
Enjoy swimming beaches, play areas, boat rentals and a launch, and miles of hiking and mountain bike trails in the adjacent Mt. Mansfield State Forest. Self-guided history and nature trails are located close to the camping area.

Little River State Park, which is part of Mt. Mansfield State Forest, primarily consists of a campground with 81 tent/trailer sites, 20 lean-tos and five cabins. This is central Vermont's largest and most popular campground. Three of the four restrooms include hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups. Within the campground, there are swimming beaches, play areas, a boat launch, ball field, nature museum and programs, and boat rentals. Adjacent to the park are miles of hiking trails (open for day use) that take in the rich cultural and natural history of the area.

Nearby Things to Do:

Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, Waterbury; Cold Hollow Cider Mill and Green Mountain Club Headquarters, Waterbury Center; Alpine Slide and Gondolas, Stowe; Granite Quarries, Barre; State Capitol and Historical Society, Montpelier; Camel's Hump, North Duxbury; Waterbury Flea Market, Waterbury. 30 miles to Burlington, Vermont.

Services Offered:
Parks & Playgrounds
Accessibility : Parking available
Facilities : Water Access / Boat Launches
Options : Camping allowed, Swimming allowed
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    Friends of Waterbury Reservoir
    by Laurie Smith (waterburyres) on 12:47 pm Apr 18 14

    I invite visitors to this site to get to know the Friends of Waterbury Reservoir, a Vermont non-profit committed to protecting, improving and enhancing the ecological, recreational, and community values of the Waterbury Reservoir. Visit us at, and follow us on Facebook. Laurie Smith, FWR President. Email | PO Box 341, Waterbury Center, VT 05677

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