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Fort Dummer State Park

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About

State Park

Fort Dummer State Park, located in the Connecticut River Valley just outside of Brattleboro, has 217 acres of forest land.

The park was named after Fort Dummer, the first permanent European settlement in Vermont. Built on the frontier in 1724, it was initially the gateway to the early settlements along the banks of the Connecticut River. Forty-three English soldiers and twelve Mohawk Indians manned the fort in 1724 and 1725. Later, the fort protected what was then a Massachusetts colony from an invasion by the French and Indians. Made of sturdy white pine timber, stacked like a log cabin, Fort Dummer served its purpose well.

The park overlooks the site of Fort Dummer which was flooded when the Vernon Dam was built on the Connecticut River in 1908. This site can be seen from the northernmost scenic vista on the Sunrise Trail. It is now underwater near the lumber company located on the western bank of the river.

Located in the southern foothills of the Green Mountains, the forest is more like those of southern New England than like a typical Vermont forest. Southern tree species such as white, red, and chestnut oaks, dominate the hardwood forest, which also contains beech, maple, yellow birch, and white birch.

An abundance of oak trees provides food and shelter for gray squirrels, turkeys, and deer. Ruffed grouse also inhabit these woods, attracted by its dense woody cover and open understory.

Facilities / Amenities The campground has 50 tent/trailer sites and 10 lean-to sites. These are located in two adjacent areas and are served by two toilet buildings, both with coin-operated hot showers. There is a sanitary dump station, but there are no hookups. Also located within the park is a small picnic area, hiking trails (one of which leads to a swimming hole) and a large open field.

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Access

  • Drive-In
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  • AT&T
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  • T-Mobile
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Water Hookups
  • Big Rig Friendly

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Reviewed Aug. 21, 2023

First camping trip

Was such a great experience. Getting to spend time with the family and just relax and everyone was so nice and friendly.

SiteT 37
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Fort Dummer State Park by sylienne , August 21, 2023
Amy G.
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2022

Clean and spacious

Campgrounds are good sized and lots of trees to provide a little buffer between you and next site. No hookups but drinking water spigots evenly spaced within campground. Only one shower in RV side of campground but it was large and clean with hot water (coin operated.) Staff was friendly and they sell ice and firewood at the office. Very quiet even when park filled up on weekend.

SiteT09
Month of VisitOctober
Danielle G.
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2022

Beautiful and quiet

Lovely camp site. Super friendly staff, very clean grounds. Good size spots and mostly all levels from what we can tell. Bathrooms are a tad small and one shower per gendered room. Shower takes coins. Not free. All in all, we really enjoyed it. If you want to get away- it’s a great spot.

Sitet11
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Fort Dummer State Park by Danielle G., August 20, 2022

Location

Fort Dummer State Park is located in Vermont

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Directions

From Jct. I-91 (Exit 1, Brattleboro) & U.S. 5: Go 1/10 mi N on US 5, then 1/2 mile E on Fairground Road, then 1 mile S on Main Street and Old Guilford Road.

Address

517 Old Guilford Rd
Guilford, VT 05301

Coordinates

42.82108834 N
72.56408227 W

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