Stillwater State Park RV & Campground Guide
Tucked into the tree-covered hills in northeastern Vermont's Groton State Forest, Stillwater State Park is one of the state's classic wilderness escapes. The pure waters of Lake Groton reflect the dense forests that grow right down to the shore, creating a picturesque backdrop for swimming, fishing, hiking, and biking. This park is remote but not isolated—it's part of a broad local recreation area designed to make the state forest more accessible. In fact, your entrance fee gets you into the six other nearby parks. Plan your visit from mid-May to mid-September; during the rest of the year, heavy snow makes the roads impassable. The tiny hamlet of Marshfield is close by, and Montpelier is just 25 miles west.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Stillwater State Park
An RV is the perfect way to experience the wilderness at Stillwater State Park without giving up your favorite creature comforts. If you don't have an RV of your own, an RV rental is a convenient alternative. With RVshare, you can try out a luxury model or find a compact travel trailer to see which fits your style.
Stillwater State Park Campground
With 56 sites that are suitable for RVs, the Stillwater State Park Campground offers a relaxing family experience. All of the campsites are within walking distance of the park's stream and sandy beaches. Although there are no hookups in the park, you'll have access to drinking water, bathrooms, hot showers, and a dump station. Rates start at $21 per night.
Ricker Pond State Park Campground
Located just down the road from Stillwater State Park, Ricker Pond State Park Campground is smaller and quieter. It sits near Ricker Pond and is within walking distance from Lake Groton and the Montpelier-Wells Rail Trail. Book one of 26 sites, each with access to drinking water but no hookups. The campground offers restrooms with flush toilets and showers as well as a dump station for your RV. It's also open longer than Stillwater, which is handy if you want to camp in the fall; sites are available from the end of May through mid-October. Rates start at $19 per night.
Big Deer State Park Campground
Big Deer State Park Campground sits on the northern shore of Lake Groton, about 1 mile from Stillwater State Park. Here, you can choose from 22 different sites. Like the other parks in the area, this campground does not offer hookups. However, drinking water, hot showers, and flush toilets are within walking distance of every site. The season runs from the end of May to the first week of September. Expect to pay $19 per night.
Sugar Ridge Rv Village and Campground
Looking for a campground with full hookups for your RV? Sugar Ridge RV Village and Campground is the closest option to Stillwater State Park. It's geared toward families, and it offers perks such as mini-golf, wagon rides, multiple playgrounds, a game room, swimming pools, and more. There's plenty for parents, too—fitness classes, bingo, movie nights, and volleyball games are just the start. If you prefer to chill out at your campsite, you'll love the forest view and Wi-Fi service. Hot showers and a laundromat make it easy to clean up after a weekend of fun. Rates start at $48.50 per night for full-hookup sites.
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What to Do at
Stillwater State Park
Inside Stillwater State Park
When the weather is warm at Stillwater State Park, head straight for the water. The park rents out canoes and kayaks, so you can spend the day fishing or paddling to the other parks along the shore. The large sandy beach has a dedicated swimming area that's popular with families. There is a boat launch in the park, but it's only available if you're staying in the campground. From your site, you can access all of the trails in Groton State Forest; hike 17 miles of trails, or bring your horse or mountain bike to explore the 20-mile network of gravel roads. If you're traveling with kids, join in on family-friendly events such as campfire programs, craft afternoons, night hikes, educational programs, and more.
Outside Stillwater State Park
Stillwater State Park is located deep in the forests of Vermont. As long as you're comfortable with a bit of a drive, you'll find plenty to do in the area. The Groton area offers a wealth of recreational opportunities.
Head to the stylish Positive Pie for a delicious pizza dinner. Many of the restaurant's pizzas feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Location: 69 Main St, Plainfield, VT 05667
At Sambel's, the menu is all about meat. This food truck serves prime rib, burgers, chicken, and hearty beef dinners. Grab a plate to go and dine at one of the picnic tables overlooking the water.
Location: 97 VT-15, West Danville, VT 05873
Feel like a local at Peacham Cafe, which offers exceptionally friendly service and a beautiful dining room. The cafe's breakfasts are particularly delicious; be sure to cap off your meal with a slice of homemade pie.
Location: 643 Bayley Hazen Rd, Peacham, VT 0586
If you're craving pasta after a day of adventure, Sarducci's is the place to go. You'll need to drive to get there, but the relaxed vibe and fantastic food are worth the trip.
Location: 3 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602
Two Loco Guys makes some of the best Mexican food in northern Vermont. The menu is simple, consisting of burritos and bowls in a variety of creative flavors.
Location: 136 N Main St, Barre, VT 05641
With its selection of hunting and fishing gear, Wilderness Trading & Supply Co. is a must-visit spot for adventurers.
Location: 1401 US-2, Marshfield, VT 05658
Pick up a beautiful Vermont-made souvenir at Joe's Pond Craft Shop, which carries handcrafts from artisans around the state.
Location: 2748 US-2, West Danville, VT 05873
Experience a true Vermont tradition at the Bragg Farm Sugarhouse & Gift Shop. You can tour the family farm and stop in the gift shop to buy maple syrup that was made on-site. The store also carries cheese, jams, gift baskets, and other locally made treats.
Location: 1005 VT-14, East Montpelier, VT 05651
If you want to make the most of your time in the Vermont wilderness, the Groton Nature Center is the perfect stop. It's just a few minutes' drive from Stillwater State Park, so you can minimize time in the car. Check out the many exhibits to learn about the local flora and fauna, or join in on one of the excellent naturalist-led programs. Throughout the season, the center also hosts concerts and guided hikes.
Location: 1471 Boulder Beach Rd, Groton, VT 05046
Located across Lake Groton from Stillwater State Park, Boulder Beach State Park is the perfect spot to spend a day in the sun. The white-sand beach offers plenty of space to sunbathe between swims; you can also rent canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats. Several playgrounds keep your little ones busy.
Location: Groton, VT
Owl's Head Mountain
If you're up for a challenge, hike to the summit of Owl's Head Mountain; the trailhead starts less than 5 miles from Stillwater State Park. Choose from two different trails for this 3-mile round-trip hike. At the top, you'll enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the local lakes and mountains. Owl's Head is particularly beautiful when the leaves change color in the fall.
Location: Groton, VT
Get off the beaten path in the Levi Pond Wildlife Management Area. This beautiful area welcomes hikers, anglers, and wildlife-spotters; it's also open to hunting and trapping, so make sure to check local seasonal regulations.
Location: Groton, VT
The Great Vermont Corn Maze is the largest maze in New England. Corn stretches as far as the eye can see, and winding paths take you right to the heart of the field. It's a delightful place to visit for both kids and adults; spend a few hours exploring the maze, hanging out in the kids' area, or golfing in the barnyard. If you're in town in October, visit after dark for the haunted maze experience.
Location: 1404 Wheelock Rd, Danville, VT 05828
How to Get to
Stillwater State Park
To get to Stillwater State Park, you'll need to connect to VT-232. If you're coming from Interstate 91, the fastest option is to take Exit 17 to VT-232 north. From Montpelier, take Highway 2 to Marshfield and head south on VT-232 until you reach the park.
Entering Stillwater State Park
Stillwater State Park is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day between May 15 and September 13.
Per adult, age 14+ : $4
Per child, age 4-13 : $2
Per child, age 3 and under : $0
Although the window for visiting Stillwater State Park is narrow, the stunning scenery and family-friendly campground are well worth the drive. Whether you're bringing your own RV or renting a motorhome through RVshare, the site would love to hear about your experience. Tag RVshare in your vacation posts, or email some photos to [email protected] Feel free to include any tips for local RV camping.