During Memorial Day weekend, Bomoseen State Park, a 3,576-acre park nestled in the Taconic Mountains, will welcome the first guests of the season. The area, once quarried for slate, contains

quite a few quarry holes and several slate-processing buildings. A self-guided Slate History Trail leads hikers through remnants of this bygone era. In addition to rich history, the Bomoseen State Park lies within the 2,340-acre Bomoseen State Forest. The outlying region and the park combine all of Vermont’s most attractive natural elements: its rolling terrain, forests, and serene New England lakes. Possessing almost every type of terrain, this beautiful park has so much to offer to summer visitors.

The park will be open from 10:00 a.m. until official sunset every day until Labor Day weekend and has much summer fun to offer to visitors including:

Hiking in Bomoseen State Park

An extensive network of hiking trails extends throughout the area and leads to other nearby parks and lakes. One of the most popular trails, the Bomoseen Hiking Loop takes about one hour and leads north to Glen Lake, which offers activities such as fishing and boating. If you are interested in a longer trail, try the trail to Half Moon Pond State Park. While about a three miles long, this trail is a pleasant hike and provides great wildlife viewing opportunities.

Swimming, Boating & Fishing

Located on the shores of Lake Bomoseen, the largest lake entirely within Vermont’s borders, Bomoseen State Park offers a variety of water-related activities. A sandy beach stretches along a section of the park where you can swim, rent canoes and rowboats, play volleyball or just soak up some summertime rays. Enjoy the views while boating across the lake or even drop anchor to go fishing. Plus a snack bar concession is available right on the beach for when you need that afternoon snack.


The beautiful beach located within Bomoseen State Park offers a large picnic pavilion, which is open to the public to utilize. You can even reserve this space for larger group activities. The pavilion seats up to 100 people and has electricity, grills, picnic tables, and restrooms. So pack a lunch and eat outside while enjoying the views of the water and the warmth of the summer sun. Click here to reserve the picnic area.

History Tour

Located in the slate-producing region of Vermont, the area’s rich history parallels the rise and fall Vermont’s slate industry. Make sure to go to Bomoseen State Park contact station to pick up a Slate History Trail brochure, which will lead you on a self-guided tour of the area’s slate quarries and processing buildings.


What better way to enjoy summer in Vermont than getting in touch with nature at Bomoseen State Park? Located within driving distance from many of our great vacation rentals, let us help plan your next GetAway today! Click here to request a vacation guide.

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