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Mt. Philo State Park, Charlotte

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Mount Philo State Park is a state park located in Charlotte, Vermont. The 237acre park protects the area around Mount Philo (968 feet high) and provides views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains to the west. The Green Mountains (including Camel's Hump in the winter) can be seen to the east and south. It is accessed by trail or steep narrow car road (seasonal).
The park features hiking trails that lead from the base to the summit of Mount Philo. There is a mountaintop picnic area with views of Lake Champlain, the valley, and the Adirondack Mountains and Green Mountains to the west and south.
There is a small camping area with a total of 10 sites including 3 lean-tos, with restrooms and hot showers.
From the late 19th century to 1924, Mt. Philo was a popular destination for guests of the Mt. Philo Inn. It was accessed by carriage road and had a wooden observation tower at its summit.
The park was established in 1924 when Francies Humphreys of Brookline, Massachusetts, owner of the adjacent Mt. Philo Inn, donated the land to the State of Vermont for recreational use. This land would become Vermont's first state park. In 1929, the carriage road was improved and a summit picnic area was created. From 1935-1937, CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) crews further enhanced the road and picnic area and built a ranger cabin and camping sites. The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 for its importance in the state's recreational history, and for its CCC-related architecture.
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  • Wonderful trails to hike. You have a choice of a paved road or somewhat steep trail through the woods. We climbed up the trail to the summit and came down the paved trail. It was wet and muddy due....  more »
  • This is an easy, short hike that provides beautiful views from a number of points up on the summit. Definitely recommend for a non-strenuous outing.  more »
  • A lovely spot for a hike or a picnic. Many awesome vistas and photo ops. Camping here looks nice also. Some great facilities for larger groups and gatherings. A lovely and unspoiled forest and historic artifacts are there to be seen. This is Vermont's first State Park and has been enjoyed by many generations.
  • Fantastic little hill to climb through trails or the road that winds up and around. At 1,000 feet it is just a beautiful place to visit, hike, or cook out on top. Great places to sit and view Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks and the valley below. One of hundreds of little parks in Vermont to enjoy. Dogs on leash welcome. Place to picnic and bathrooms on top open seasonal only. Parking at the top and bottom.

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