Nice group camping area on Connecticut River with tent and lean to options. Ranger Eric and staff were awesome.
This is a small park, but it's a good spot to stay to explore the area (nearby Mt. Ascutney State Park, Harpoon Brewery, the American Precision Museum, etc.).
Kayaking on the river is the big draw, which is a great place to be on a hot day.
The one hike across the road is steep so it would not be suitable for small children, but walking around the campground is very pleasant.
The grounds and facilities are immaculate.
Absolutely loved this campground. The setting was beautiful and peaceful. The staff were very helpful during our stay there on May 4-6, where we were under a tornado warning. We visited this campground as part of a Camporee with the Pathfinders - it's a Christian Scouting organization.
Wilgus State Park is the first Vermont state park to open each spring, well before Memorial Day each year. While it's still pretty cold for camping in Vermont in early May, you can get a jump start on the season by renting one of the four camping cabins. I'll admit that I haven't stayed in one of the Wilgus cabins, but they are pretty much the same all over Vermont - nothing fancy - just four solid walls, bunk beds, and a small table.
Usually when we stay at Wilgus State Park, we rent a lean-to or stay in site #16, which is the very last tent site, and the most private. All sites have a great view of the river, but I won't go so far as to call them waterfront as there is a bank covered with lush foliage between the sites and the water. There is also a short trail that runs between the campsites and the water - a great place to watch the sunrise!
The best part about camping here is getting out on the water. You can rent kayaks and canoes, and the river moves slowly enough to paddle up stream. There is also a shuttle service run by Great River Outfitters upstream in Windsor. If you make reservations, the come to the park (I think on Wednesdays and Fridays), and they will pick you up in the morning, drive you up river to Windsor, outfit you with a canoe or kayak, and let you paddle back to the park. Later in the evening they will come back and pick up the boats. If you choose this option, be sure to stop at Artisan Park, right on the river and have lunch at Harpoon Brewery.
The campground is really small (under 25 sites) and super quiet. Restrooms are clean. There is a short hiking trail, which is just okay - no views or anything. The ranger has been there for years and is an expert fisherman. He's got lots of tips if you ask. For good hiking, be sure to check out Mt. Ascutney, which is just a few miles away.
This place was such a fun place to go camping! We brought a drift boat and fishing gear and had a blast! There was sites for tents, as well as cabins and lean to's this place was beautiful with such a relaxing and humbling environment
We have been to Wilgus twice in the last month. Just a few miles from Brattleboro this campsite is perfect for those who love to fish, kayak or canoe. Set on the banks of CT River Wilgus has tent sites, lean to's and 4 newly built cabins. There is also a boat launch for drift boats as well. Quiet campsite with hiking trails right from the campground. Bathrooms and showers were clean which is a theme in VT, they take great care of their parks. The cabin is great as it has a set of bunk beds and futon. Great for starting out with your kids.