Pulled up and the woman at the gatehouse was on the phone with a lady trying to make a reservation. The lady didn't acknowledge ua at all for about 5 mins! We sat there for about 15-20 mins before we were helped. She ended up putting the lady on speakerphone so she could input her information easier. The lady gave her name, address, phone number, and credit card number to her as we sat there and could hear everything! It blew my mind! If I was that lady I would not want to share that info via speakerphone! We got a great campsite though, right on the water. Not very busy there. We rented a canoe for halfday $30 for 4hrs. We ended up returning it early because we paddled the whole lake in about an hour and a half, and we weren't trying to. Thought the boat rental was a bit pricey for the size of the lake/places to explore. We also looked forward to going up to Owl's Head for sunset. We went up during the day and decided it would be beautiful at sunset so we planned to come back. We came back nearly an hour before sunset and found the gate was locked at the bottom of the drive. The signs said it was open until dusk, but apparently someone didn't know what dusk meant. Very disappointed!!! If you want to go to Owl's Head for sunset plan to hike up from the campground because you won't be able to drive up to the parking lot anytime close to sunset.
We stayed two nights in early September 2018. Easily found with google maps. Was greeted by a friendly staff member and shown how to get to our site. Arrived in the pitch black but was easy to find out site. Tent site #10.
It was very quiet, everyone seems to be enjoying their own spot. You can see your neighbors but there is some room in between sites. Clean bathrooms and relatively clean showers. Out site hand a picnic table and fire ring with grate.
We were a very short walk to the beach, where you could swim. Perfect spot to practice some night photography with minimal light pollution.
Also had a fire going all night by the building attached to the bathrooms. They offered wood, ice and small things to buy if needed.
Definitely recommend staying here. Pricing would be the only slight negative, it is about average from what we have looked at. Wish we could have stayed longer.
This campground is easy to access, though owing to that one can hear traffic on the nearby road. The lake is beautiful, clear and clean, and there is a beach with sand for swimming. We had our trail bikes so took advantage of the Montpelier-Wells Rail Trail (Cross Vermont Trail), accessible directly from the campground. The site was directly on the lake and clean. The folks working check-in were friendly and helpful. The lake is really nice for kayaking or swimming, and has some loons, but when we were there it carried lots of noise from other sites. The place is gorgeous, but a few knocks because of the noise level. I would go back again though!
Ricker Pond State Park literally has something for everyone! It’s located along with several other state parks in the Groton State Forest so there’s so much to do! Clear mountain lake? Check! Miles of stunning hiking trails? Check! Rail trails? Check! Horseback riding trails? Check! The park itself is quiet and heavily wooded with most sites being right on the water. You could explore the woods all day, cool off in the lake before dinner, and drift off to sleep listening to the calls of the loons. It’s a little piece of heaven! Oh yeah, and camping here gets you into all the nearby state parks for free! Bonus exploration!
A quiet camp ground on Ricker Pond, a motor free pond, is a wonderful way to spend the weekend. The pond is serene and a great place to swim, paddle, explore, and fish.
If you paddle or swim to the other side of the camp ground, there is a huge rock with a rope swing.
My favorite is to get sites 22 & 23 and have awesome water access, places to hang hammocks, just across from the bathrooms but down the hill enough to not be bothered by the comings and goings.
There ishiking close by as well.
There are several campgrounds in Groton State Forest, and we've stayed in most of them. I think Ricker Pond is our favorite, but I also think it depends on what site you get. Some of the sites are a bit close together. Our favorite (aside from the cabins) is Aster because it's right near the boat launch, and we always have a canoe or kayak with us. There is nothing like making camp coffee and heading onto the pond as the sun rises. It's magical. Anyway, if we had small kids, we would probably be tempted to camp at Stillwater because there's more going on there. When we have dogs, we camp at Kettle Pond because it's secluded, and when it's just my husband and I, we choose Ricker Pond.
Aside from getting out on the water, we also love the hike to Peacham Bog and the short hike up Owl's Head for sunset. There are lots and lots of trails we haven't explored yet. I wish summer was longer!
Staying at Ricker Pond was awesome. It was late in the season and mid week so it was pretty quiet around the park. Also super close to some great hikes like owls head. The pond is really nice especially since very few motor boats are on the pond. Mostly just kayaks and canoes which you can rent from the park.
We stayed here in early August 2016 with friends and kids. The tent only loop is so private and perfect for kids biking and swimming. Nice pavilion and the pond was wonderful for canoes and kayaks.