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“Trails Heavily Eroded”

Emerald Lake State Park
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Dorset
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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.

The beach area was gorgeous, with sweeping, breathtaking views of the Green Mountains. It was nice to take in some fresh mountain air and listen to the sound of waves lapping at the sandy beach. The dogs also got some of their energy out!

We did end up walking the path around the lake. About half of the path was great! It was well-marked and easy to follow, but the second half was so badly eroded, we had to walk along the train tracks. One section was particularly bad, and probably shouldn't be open to guests right now.

Overall, I was glad to get the dogs out, but it's definitely not one of the best state parks I've been to.

Date of experience: May 2018
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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.

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Simon T
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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

Date of experience: May 2017
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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.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Thom P
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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 just beautiful and clean! And when it's really hot, the cooler water is really refreshing. If you're a camper, the sites can't be beat. They are spacious and private. The lean-to set ups are the best! The bath houses are typical, but spaced just right.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank helenrotante
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