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Emerald Lake State Park, Dorset

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Emerald Lake State Park is a 430-acre (170 ha) state park in the town of Dorset, Vermont, United States, 3 miles (5 km) north of the village of East Dorset, the park's mailing address. It is the home of 20-acre (8.1 ha) Emerald Lake, called such because of its emerald color.

Activities includes swimming, non-motorized boating, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, bicycling, wildlife watching, and winter sports.
Facilities include 67 campsites and 37 lean-tos, flush toilets, hot showers, and a dump station. There is a small beach with a snack bar and boat rental facilities, a picnic pavilion with two group grills and a smaller grill, other picnic tables, and a horseshoe pit.

There is a nature center, and park rangers offer interpretive programs including night hikes, campfire programs, amphibian explorations, and nature crafts and games.

The state has designated 4 acres (1.6 ha) as the Emerald Lake Natural Area, on a steep bank at the south end of the park. The old-growth forest here features hemlock, sugar maples and other hardwood species, and there are several trees of noteworthy age and size.
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  • If you have a few minutes or a few hours, stop by this state park. We swung by on a whim for about an hour and had a great time. The trail is a solid one, but the views of the lake and mountain are....  more
    If you have a few minutes or a few hours, stop by this state park. We swung by on a whim for about an hour and had a great time. The trail is a solid one, but the views of the lake and mountain are....  more »
  • This park is beautiful in the fall. The trail around the lake is pretty easy to hike, and full of picturesque foliage scenes. Would have loved if there were kayak rentals available as this place is... 
    This park is beautiful in the fall. The trail around the lake is pretty easy to hike, and full of picturesque foliage scenes. Would have loved if there were kayak rentals available as this place is...  more »
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  • Went in August 2021. Loved the campsites and campground, everything is beautiful. The lake is really nice for swimming. It’s nice that most of the sites aren’t a far walk from the bathrooms! Planning to camp there again in July 2022!
  • Really friendly and helpful gate staff! Nice place. Only reason not 5 stars is the highway noise.

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