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About Ricker Pond State Park
Drive In, Boat In
$18.00 - $110.00
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
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Ricker Pond State Park is located in Vermont
44.246 N
-72.254 W
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7 Reviews of Ricker Pond State Park
Vermont State Park Campground

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.

In Groton State Forest on a lovely lake

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!

It has everything!

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!

Serene Pond Perfect for Exploring

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.

Waterfront Camping in the Heart of Groton State Forest

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!

Awesome place

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.

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Two night Stay at Ricker

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.