Elmore State Park RV & Campground Guide


Elmore State Park covers about 700 acres in northern Vermont and is surrounded by forested and agricultural land. It was founded in 1936 when the town of Elmore and local citizens gifted the land to the state to turn it into an outdoor recreation area. Lake Elmore offers fishing, swimming, and boating, while Elmore Mountain is renowned as a climbing destination. It also features a delightful picnic area overlooking the water that has horseshoe pits and a volleyball court.

Nearby Cities:

  • Elmore, VT

  • Montpelier, VT

  • Newport, VT

  • Cambridge, VT

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Spring 17-65 F
Summer 52-78 F
Fall 35-71 F
Winter 9-31 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Elmore State Park

Campground Accommodations

Elmore State Park Campground

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookups: No

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 40 feet

  • Other amenities: Playground, picnic area, restrooms, showers, horseshoe pit, dump station, fire rings, snack bar, potable water, picnic tables

Elmore State Park Campground

Elmore State Park has stunning hiking trails that go up Elmore Mountain and end at the lookout tower. Once you return, spend time at the sandy beach where you can rent kayaks, SUPs, and paddleboats or cool off with a swim. The campground offers 44 sites suitable for both RVs and tents. Nightly rates range from $19-$30.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: No

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes (not allowed on the beach)

  • Other features: Bathrooms with flush toilets, hot- and cold-water coin showers, dump station, beach house with concession stand, boat rentals

Mountain View Campground

Enjoy breathtaking scenery at Mountain View Campground in Morrisville, Vermont. The campground edges the Lamoille River, where you can enjoy full-hookup campsites along with kayak and tube rentals. Rates range between $46-$51 nightly, depending on the campsite location.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes (some sites)

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other features: Swimming pools, Lamoille River access, laundry, bathhouse, shuffleboard, volleyball, horseshoe pits, games, camp store

Maplewoods Campground

Maplewoods Campground in Johnson, Vermont, is set on 78 acres with impressive views of the Sterling, Butternut, and Elmore mountains. From the pool to the camp store, all amenities are ready for you to enjoy. Nearly 50 RV spots are available, with nightly rates from $23 to $44.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other features: Pool, handicap-accessible, restrooms, bathhouse, playgrounds, camp store

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What to Do at
Elmore State Park

The sandy beach at Elmore State Park is great for swimming during the summer, and at 219 acres, Lake Elmore is excellent for kayaking and canoeing. Anglers can bring along a small boat with an electric motor to navigate the lake and search for the perfect fishing spot. The hiking trails range in difficulty from easy to moderate and are just right for morning or afternoon expeditions.

Inside Elmore State Park

Elmore State Park offers two hiking trails to the top of Elmore Mountain. At the summit, climb the fire tower where miles of stunning 360-degree views await. Overnight camping and boat rentals are available. Swim at the sandy beachfront or play volleyball or horseshoes. Have a family picnic at the numerous grills and tables or take some time to cast for panfish, perch, or pike.

Fishing Fishing

Although Lake Elmore is relatively small, it is replete with many species of fish, which include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike, panfish, and bullhead. You need the applicable fishing license, and there are certain months of the year when catch limits are in effect.

Stargazing Stargazing

This park is far away from city lights, making it a fantastic place to enjoy an evening staring at the heavens. You can bring a blanket to the beach or set up a telescope at one of the tables in the picnic area.

Flora and Fauna

The wildflowers in Elmore State Park include Dutchman's breeches, trout lily, and pink slippers. While exploring, you will also see apple trees, which date from the time before 1936 when the area was all farmland. As far as wildlife goes, moose, deer, and black bears make up the big game contingent. Smaller animals you might spot include minks, otters, and beavers. The waterfowl is plentiful, too, and includes mergansers, loons, and egrets.

Hiking Hiking

There are three hiking trails within Elmore State Park. The Mountain Brook Nature Trail is just a half mile long and flat and easy. The Fire Tower Trail leads to the watch tower and several scenic overlooks. It's 1.75 miles long and is challenging. Alternatively, the Ridge Trail is 2.3 miles long and takes a less demanding route to the tower and vantage points.


The campground doesn't have a boat launch, but across the lake, there is a concrete launch that is just right for most boats. Closer to the campground, you can set out in light boats like kayaks or canoes right from the beach.

Swimming Swimming

Throughout the summer, the lake's water temperature will be in the 70s, which is just right for taking a dip to escape the heat. It is a great place to take kids because the water is shallow along the shoreline. In addition, the sandy beach offers plenty of room for people who enjoy basking in the sun.

Climbing Climbing

Elmore Mountain has four vertical climbs, two for top-roping and two with bolted routes for sports climbing. They are advanced climbs rated between 5.9 and 5.10. The most difficult of the four is ASSend to Victory, which is rated 5.10b. It is strongly recommended not to attempt these climbs unless you are experienced.

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How to Get to
Elmore State Park

From Montpelier and all points south, simply drive north on Route 12 until you reach Elmore State Park.

From St. Johnsbury and points east, drive west on Route 2. When you reach the junction with Route 15, turn northwest on Route 15. On the outskirts of Morrisville, follow Route 15A into town. Turn southeast on Upper Main Street, which becomes Route 12. Follow Route 12 southeast to Elmore State Park.

From Canada, take Route 55 south to the Rock Island border crossing. Route 15 becomes Route 91. Follow Route 91 south to Barton. At Barton, take Route 16 south-southwest until it meets Route 15. Take Route 15 west until you reach the junction with Route 15A outside Morrisville. Follow Route 15A into town and turn southeast on Upper Main Street, which becomes Route 12. Follow Route 12 to Elmore State Park.

Entering Elmore State Park

Parking is available at the entrance. There is a $5 entry fee for adults. Children 4 to 13 get in for $2, and you do not have to pay for infants and toddlers.

Elmore State Park Per Person (Adult) : $5.0

Elmore State Park Per Person (Child Age 4-13) : $2.0

Children under the age of 4 get in free

Whether you want to explore Vermont's outdoors on land or are more interested in swimming or fishing, an adventure awaits you at Elmore State Park.

Frequently Asked Questions About Elmore State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Elmore State Park?

If you are headed to the park to enjoy the water, summer is the best time to arrive. Anglers and hikers may want to plan their trip for spring when the park is bursting with new life or the fall to take in Vermont's spectacular autumn foliage.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Elmore State Park?

Birders can watch for mergansers, wood ducks, and great blue herons. You may spot deer, black bears, and moose on a hike. Closer to the water, you are likely to see otters, beavers, and frogs.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Elmore State Park?

Thirty-eight of the park's campground sites provide RV-specific dry camping. Each camping spot also has a fire ring, a picnic table, and nearby bathrooms.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Elmore State Park and what is the cost?

Reservations are not required. For Vermont residents, it's $20 for an RV campsite. For nonresidents, it's $28 per night.

Are pets allowed at Elmore State Park?

Pets are welcome at Elmore State Park. You can bring them for a hike on the trails, but they must be on a leash. Additionally, it is expected that you clean up after your furry companions while visiting.