Nice sites. Clean bathrooms
brand new bathrooms and showers. WiFi . firewood actually burns. perfect spot for if you’re on a long road trip and need a good Netflix binge. camp right next to the WiFi building so you can hook up to the electric lol
Clean and quiet, good for kids and pets are welcome. There are 2 bathrooms with coin operated showers. There are sites for campers, tents, and a handful of lean tos. It’s a short hike down to Quechee Gorge, where you can cool off in the shallow water.
It’s very close to Quechee village and Woodstock so there are plenty of other activities, shopping, and dining options near by.
Rangers also run fun programs for children- my children churned butter and made popcorn over the campfire one night, and made tie dyed T-shirts the next (for no fee.)
Pets are welcome.
Many sites are large and private. Bathrooms are clean. Hosts sponsor activities that are fun for all, like a balloon launch, cook outs, etc. Love it there.
One of our most favorite St. Parks! Cleanliness & friendliness! Look forward to a yearly visit.
The sites are large. If you stay in the back it’s quieter. The bathroom is very clean. They offer showers that cost you a few quarters. There are no hookups but they do have a dump station if you are in a RV. They also have several lean tos that you can rent. The staff and volunteers are very helpful.
Q!uechee State Park is in a beautiful part of the state. The main attraction in the park is the lovely Quechee Gorge, which is super beautiful, but also a bit of a tourist trap. Hundreds of visitors park their car at the Quechee Gorge visitor center to photograph the gorge from the bridge high above. There is a short trail from the visitor center to the bottom of the gorge, and on fall weekends it's super crowded. The park is close to good shopping, and also the Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock, which is an awesome destination for families.
Camping was fairly quiet, except for the noise from the road, which is very close to the park. I think the best part was waking up early to explore the gorge without the crowds. It really is beautiful, but that beauty can be hard to experience on a Saturday afternoon in the fall. Aside from the campground and the trail to the gorge, there's a nice field for kids to play in, and clean washrooms. The campsites are all wooded. Some are private, while others are a little crowded together. The park is dog-friendly, which we always appreciate.
We had met a Norwegian X-Country skier, named Marty at Backpacker Shop/Ohio Canoe in NE Ohio when buying some nordic skis. Marty regaled Quechee Gorge as the mecca of X-Country skiing in the east and painted flowery pictures making a trip there in the dead of winter. Marty soon moved there…and with that, an invitation to check it out.
Throwing caution to the wind, we embarked on a 10 hour car ride…skiis strapped to the roof, backpacks stuff with food, stoves, fuel, winter clothing, our North Face bags and VE-24. We were not faint of heart…we would camp and ski.
As fate would deal the final hand…we rolled through beautiful snow covered mountains…but upon arrival…the air was thick with a wet fog. And that dense fog turned into a drizzle for our entire trip.
As luck would have it…the Quechee Gorge State Park had lean-tos…within which we set up the tent. We pulled the picnic table inside the lean-tos so we could cook and have a "dry" place to sit. Winter camping offers a different perspective, unseen and unavailable during other seasons.
Ski wax selection was out the window because of the rain and "warmer" temperatures…so we used mohair to give us the kick and glide in those conditions.
We did see much of the park…it was still buried in snow…but we skied the trails…and yes, some of the mountains as well.
It was a memorable and enjoyable trip…and worthy of a future summer or shoulder season visit. But if you've never tried winter camping, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot…no bugs, no reptiles, no people…and you don't have to zip up your bug screen every time you jump in or out of your tent. Just prepare properly.