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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. To visit Mt. Philo State Park on your trip to Charlotte, use our Charlotte road trip planner.
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  • This is a must do hike while in Burlington. It’s about a 35 minute drive south of Burlington. Once in the State Park, the fee is $4.00 per person. It’s a short hike up, less than a mile, and the... 
    This is a must do hike while in Burlington. It’s about a 35 minute drive south of Burlington. Once in the State Park, the fee is $4.00 per person. It’s a short hike up, less than a mile, and the...  more »
  • I drove to the top to see the sunset over lake champlain which was terrific.. There are hiking trails and picnic areas. 
    I drove to the top to see the sunset over lake champlain which was terrific.. There are hiking trails and picnic areas.  more »
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  • Great hike! Not too long, a little steep. Took about an hour or two to go up to the summit and back down again. The view from the summit was outstanding! In one of my photos you can see Lake Champlain in the distance. I highly recommend it! In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I nearly missed my flight out of Burlington.
  • This place was beautiful. The summit was easy to drive to. I had two small dogs and was worried they won't make it up the hike so we drove up. There were plenty of parking at the summit and various look out views. People were respectful with the time spent on taking pictures by the summit. There were plenty of space to lay out a blanket and picnic. They also have picnic tables. Restrooms are at the summit and there were clean. Overall, whether u hiked up there or drove up there, it was worth the time to stop by. It was $4 per person as the entrance fee. I came here on the way back from Burlington to NYC. Only about 30 mins drive.

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