What to do in Ascutney State Park

In 1935, the state of Vermont, with federal public works funds, purchased a 560-acre parcel from Weston Heights, Inc., and a 640-acre parcel from E.J. York. In 1938, an additional 300 acres were purchased from the Bicknell estate.

The original park, being the summit road, the stone toilet buildings, campsites 1 to 18, and the ranger's quarters had all been completed by 1939 when the CCC camp moved to Okemo. The stonework is all of Ascutney granite. The ranger's quarters and entrance are at an elevation of 550 feet. The summit road climbs a steep path through mixed hardwoods to a parking lot at an elevation of 2,800 feet in a saddle between the south peak and summit. A short hiking trail takes you the additional 344' rise to the summit.

Excellent viewing is offered from points along the summit road and trail. The original fire tower with the cabin removed has been relocated for excellent views in all directions. Another excellent view is found at Brownsville Rock, .25 mile by trail northwest of the summit. This is one of the hang gliding launch sites.

Recreation
Ascutney State Park offers 2,506 acres located in the Windsor and Weathersfield areas. The park offers picnicking, camping, hot showers, mountain hiking trails, fishing and hunting for large game and water fowl.

Mt. Ascutney is considered one of the premier hang gliding sites in New England. Most activity occurs at the West Peak launch site located on the West Windsor Town Forest or at the South Peak launch site located within the park. Both areas are reached by trails originating from the upper parking lot on the Mountain Road.

Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Nearby attractions include: A visit to Windsor to view the birthplace of Vermont, the Old Constitution House - State Craft Center and the American Precision Museum. Nearby New Hampshire attractions include: Saint Gaudens National Park, Old Fort #4 and Ruggles Mine.

Location
From Ascutney take Interstate 91 (Exit 8). Travel 2 miles north on US 5. Bear left onto SR 44A and travel northwest for 1 mile.

Climate
Winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 and 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Heart of Vermont Travel Region has diverse precipitation totals ranging from 40 to 44 inches (102 and 112 centimeters) in the center area of the region decreasing to less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the state lines of New York and New Hampshire.

Address
1826 Black Mt. Road
Windsor, VT 05089

Phone: 802-674-2060

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