A trip to Coolidge State Park in Vermont is like taking a trip back in time. You’ll see the park as it was when it was first created in the 1930s. The park, named for President Calvin Coolidge, is flanked by the eastern sections of Calvin Coolidge State Forest. Calvin Coolidge State Forest is the biggest in the state, and Coolidge State Park, which serves as its recreational center, is also the biggest state park in Vermont. Just a 20-minute drive from Killington, VT, this park is a perfect day trip for hikers, bikers, and fishermen. Here are some of our favorite things to do there.
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Some of the Best Activities in Coolidge State Park
Hike or Bike the Beautiful Trails
The Park is perfect for hikers and mountain bikers. During the summer, you’ll find more than 30 miles of maintained hiking trails on public land. There are 11 trails total, each taking the hikers through a different section of the park. Biking and horseback riding is also permitted on gravel or paved roads within the park.
In the winter, snow covers Coolidge State Park and gives access to new activities. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers are welcome to ski along one of the trails or you can bushwhack to any area of the property. This includes the trails on a 600-acre block of non-motorized forest area as well as the groomed snowmobile trails.
Bring a picnic lunch during your visit, as there are plenty of places to picnic around the park. Just make sure to clean up after yourself to avoid attracting black bears to the area. Whether you’re visiting during the summer or the colder months, you’ll be able to experience the beauty of Coolidge State Park.
Fish the Gorgeous Waters
Fishing and hunting are allowed in the park with a license from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Services. There are several brooks which offer opportunities for fishing, primarily for brook trout. Check the stocking schedule to time your visit just right!
Grab a Bite!
When you’re finished exploring Coolidge State Park, pop into any of the restaurants nearby. We suggest trying out The Mill at Simon Pearce just thirty minutes away from the park. The menu features creative American cuisine for brunch, lunch, and dinner. You won’t have to miss the beautiful views of the park, either; the restaurant boasts a backdrop of a waterfall and covered bridge.
Stay at a GetAway Vacations Rental
While many come to Coolidge State Park to camp, we believe the best place to stay is in a GetAway Vacations rental home. Take a look at Bridgewater Country Cottage. Located just 11 minutes away from Coolidge State Park, this beautiful, private cottage has a fantastic location. You’ll easily be able to visit the Village of Woodstock or go golfing at the three golf clubs nearby. It’s great for families or groups of friends vacationing together and even allows up to three pets! Book today to start planning your Vermont getaway. We look forward to having you!