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Pristine lake

Although the grassy area was crowded (esp shady spots) once I swam out it was beatific and... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2018
Amy K
New York City, New York
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Something for everybody, without the crowds

Good fishing for Perch and Smallmouth at the south end. Big island in the middle with a great rope... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Wallingford, Vermont
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 2 July 2007

Our family recently took a weekend camping trip to Emerald Lake State Park. We are native Vermonters and love to explore our state parks in the summers. We had never camped at the park but had gone to the sandy beach for day use in...More

13  Thank erinkhogan
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 8 July 2015

love the campground and the lake. We've been camping here for many years and never had a problem until Chad and Jason took over the care and supervision of the park. They are young and would rather be a friend instead of boss of the...More

6  Thank Lynn-Marie N
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Good fishing for Perch and Smallmouth at the south end. Big island in the middle with a great rope swing. Shallow sandy weed free beach, very kid friendly. Keep an eye out for the old snapping turtle, best seen from a SUP board. Won’t bother...More

Thank billybobcobbob
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Knock down the campground. Start over. The campground and its interior roads offer the antiquated design of the 1960s when the designs of campers were super tiny and people tented from their 1960s, woody Ford station wagons. Just as those vehicles have been assigned to...More

2  Thank PaleoGypsy
Reviewed 23 July 2018

We visited this beautiful beach on a VERY hot day when we were just dying to get in some cool water. We picked the right place, for sure! Very clean, well maintained beach and not overly crowded. The lake is not too deep and has...More

Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Although the grassy area was crowded (esp shady spots) once I swam out it was beatific and secluded. I took a stand up paddle board and my family took a row boat and paddle boat and rode to the other side where a rope swing...More

Thank Amy K
Reviewed 30 May 2018

My husband and I decided to take our dogs here to get some fresh air. The attendant didn't inform us that dogs aren't allowed in much of the park, but was more than happy to take our money; the entrance fee is $4 per person....More

3  Thank AshBernadette88
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Beautiful location but hiking is not well marked. We got lost after an hour as the markings just stopped on the upper trail.

1  Thank Simon T
Reviewed 28 September 2017

great place for family camping and swimming , love it here but it is a hike to to the lake from the campgrounds we just drove down

Thank tarasmith585
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Plenty to do at the campground/state park - lake beach, water sports, hiking. Close to many wonderful Vermont activities in and around Manchester, VT. Lean-to's make camping a little easier and rain less problematic. Family and pet friendly.

Thank Thom P
Reviewed 22 June 2017

I've been coming here since I was two years old. Honestly, it hasn't seemed to change that much over the decades. Come lakeside and rent a kayak, row or paddle boat (affordably) and enjoy a picnic lunch at the many tables throughout. The setting is...More

1  Thank helenrotante
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Beautiful lake near both Manchester and Dorset. We went off season so it was cold but still glad we stopped! We saw paddle boats for the warm months. There's a sandy beach, shallow water great for kids to play on, an island, and beauty. Bathrooms...More

2  Thank Leah M
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Response from Bill_G100 | Reviewed this property |
Yes - you will have to park at the gate before the parking lot and walk 1/4 mile or so to get to the trails - we did it yesterday!