TAKE PRECAUTIONS, THEN ENJOY!
Vermont is renowned throughout the United States for its scenic and serene State Parks. The summer months are often the time of year when guests enjoy a visit to a Vermont State Park, however there are many that choose to visit during the winter season. Whether you wish to hike, hunt, snowshoe or find the perfect sledding hill, you are welcome to enter any of the 52 parks for day use anytime during the winter season. During the winter season access to a Vermont State Park is free of charge. If you are interested in winter camping you will need to get a permit, which are available from November 1st – April 15th.
When visiting a Vermont State Park during the winter season it is important to keep a few things in mind. Below are some tips that can help you to enjoy the parks during the winter months and keep you safe.
Have a plan: Snow plowing arrangements vary by location. Be prepared to dig your vehicle out of the snow in the event of inclement weather.
Bring supplies: It’s always better to be well equipped when venturing into the outdoors. By bringing some of these basic items you will be better prepared for your adventure.
- Emergency blanket or a piece of plastic (to use for warmth or shelter)
- First aid kit
- Food & water (bring extra) / High energy snacks
- Flashlight or Headlamp
- Map / Guidebooks / Compass / GPS
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Pocket mirror (to use as a signaling device)
- Extra socks & warm clothes
- Survival strap / Paracord bracelet
- Trash bag (makes an adequate poncho)
- Whistle / (to use as a signaling device)
Camel's Hump in Huntington is a popular winter hike. As Vermont's third-highest mountain, it offers spectacular views from the summit. But remember--temperatures at the top can be dramatically colder than at the start of a trail.
Use the buddy system: Whether camping, snowshoeing or hiking it is always good to bring a friend and let others know where you are and when to expect you back. Leave a copy of your itinerary with a responsible person
Watch out for other members of your party (never leave anyone behind)
Stay on designated roads and trails, or in permitted areas
Monitor weather (Allow for changes in weather)
When parking, make sure that you allow plenty of room for emergency vehicles and other park users to access the park, and be sure to drive only on established roadways or parking areas.
During the winter season, water supplies, restrooms, refuse removal services and facilities are closed. Leave No Trace: Carry In/Carry Out
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