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Great for swimming & hiking

My husband and I were visiting Vermont and we decided to go to Emerald Lake to go hiking and swim... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2013
Bayville, New Jersey
A fantastic get-a-way just outside of Manchester, Vermont

There is so much to say about Emerald Lake. The lake is a sweet spot in southern Vermont, so clean... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2013
Muskegon, Michigan
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

My husband and I were visiting Vermont and we decided to go to Emerald Lake to go hiking and swim in the lake. We took a short hike up the Vista path but it wasn't completed yet (should be completed soon). By the beach there...More

Date of experience: July 2013
3  Thank Sbooker11
Reviewed 25 July 2013 via mobile

We just drove by and decided to take a late afternoon walk by the lake while vacationing in Vermont. It was late in the day so there weren't really many people there. We took a nice stroll thru the woods along the lake. The lake...More

Date of experience: July 2013
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Hubby and his BF and his BF's two boys (14 and 12) went camping sans dogs this Fourth of July through July 6th. Was scheduled to camp until the 7th but it rained EVERY night since the 4th we decided to come home lated on...More

Date of experience: July 2013
2  Thank Jill U
Reviewed 10 July 2013

Stayed a few days in a lean-to. The campground is rustic, built on a steep mountain side, mostly forested (not much sun light). Most sites are level and generally clean . Restrooms/showers were some what clean (it is a camp ground). The highlight is Emerald...More

Date of experience: July 2013
2  Thank eastcoastdave
Reviewed 8 July 2013

Like all Vermont State Parks, the amenities are basic but what you really need. There is no cable, electric, sewer line but there are great views great from your campsite, coin showers with hot water nearby and decently paved roads in and out. We had...More

Date of experience: July 2013
4  Thank AshnaSales
Reviewed 7 March 2013

There is so much to say about Emerald Lake. The lake is a sweet spot in southern Vermont, so clean and clear, with views of the Green Mountains all around the lake, giving it a feel of privacy. There are boat rentals and a sandy...More

Date of experience: August 2012
2  Thank ReneR208
Reviewed 13 September 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at this camp ground for the first time Labor Day weekend. We both loved it and will be coming back. It was great for the first time ever camping together. Here are the things you need and like to know....More

Date of experience: September 2012
6  Thank Freespirit_8284
Reviewed 9 September 2012

This is a nice state park for camping for a weekend. Access to the lake is very convenient and they rent boats. We drove down to the beach from the campsite because it is a lenghty and hilly walk. The water is very clean and...More

Date of experience: September 2012
Thank michaelm381
Reviewed 9 September 2012

Two words: rope swing. Okay, this probably doesn’t seem that cool to most people, but having gone 33 years without having a go on one, this pretty much made my day. In fact, my week. (Top tip: it’s a little tricky to find, on the...More

Date of experience: August 2012
Thank PS_and_KB
Reviewed 12 August 2012

This is truly a beautiful place to spend the day. Stunning scenery, pedal boats and canoes to rent, small beach and very gently sloping water into the lake. There is a little shop to buy crisps, drinks and ice creams and good toilet facilities. People...More

3  Thank EmmaS234
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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!