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“nice quiet place”

Gifford Woods State Park
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Killington
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

i had a site next to the Applician Trail. folks traveling North and South passed by all day. I loved hearing about their experiences. the facilities were nice and clean , it was very quiet and peaceful.

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank mruthgilligan
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

100 years ago, 80 percent of Vermont was open farmland, and only 20 percent was forested. Today, that situation has reversed, which is to say that Vermont has abundant forests. Very few of them, however, are more than a hundred years old, and real "old-growth" stands are rare. You'll find some at Button Bay State Park, Cambridge State Forest, and the Battell Preserve of Middlebury College.

Here at Gifford State Park, you can visit one of Vermont's best-known and most accessible old-growth forests. An interpretive trail, with easy-to-read signs to help you along the way, runs right by the picnic area that itself is just a few steps from the park headquarters.

Not every section of the park has trees 200-400 years old, but the interpretive trail is set like a jewel in one of them. A child, even a toddler, can easily walk it. The signs are easy to read and to understand. The old beeches are amazing. I've never seen this variety of tree so tall with such huge trunks. And there others, easy to identify by the signs placed near them.

To see another old-growth section, a bit off the beaten track, you can cross the street at the main park gate and "bushwhack" through the woods in the direction of Kent Pond. You'll see the blue water in the distance across Route 100. There are no trails, and the ground is uneven, not to mention tangled with fallen branches and trees. But that's what old-growth forests are like. So if that is the experience you seek, here it is.

The view across the pond is pretty spectacular, too, especially when the trees are clad in their fall foliage. Although there is a fence that seems intended to keep walkers away from the lake shore, it's got a big, well-used opening if you'd like to get closer to the water. Or, you can drive around to the other side of the lake, where there's parking, but that will mean missing the old-growth section.

Whatever you choose to do, Gifford Woods Park is a good place to spend a relaxing day in nature. And visiting the old growth stands offers a rare opportunity to see what Vermont looked like before the plow.

For those inclined to stay over, there's a nice campground and there are rustic cabins for rent for about $50 a day. Although the park recently closed for the winter, you can still walk, snowshoe or XC ski on the trails. It's a beautiful place any time of year.

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank CarolDM1900
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

Our inkeeper in Killington recommended the hiking trails at Gifford Woods State Park. We crossed the road to hike at Kent Pond, but due to a lack of signage, we were unable to find the trailhead. So we returned to the Visitors Center and hiked a moderate trail to the Appalachian Trail, just so we could say we'd hiked there!

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank DisposalDiva
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Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We'll maintain large camp sites, ample wooded space between sites, good location. Friendly staff. highway noise is a big problem night and day. Showers below average.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Dan B
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

This hidden gem was recommended by a fellow hiker on the AT. The view of the foliage across the lake was breath taking and the colors were vibrant.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Sha K
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