What to do in Camel's Hump State Park

Over 23,000 acres comprise Camel's Hump State Park and today more than 5,000 acres of undisturbed alpine boreal forest of fir, spruce and paper birch are preserved. The beautiful park is known for its rocky ledges, numerous streams and lovely sugar maples. The park is enjoyed by hikers, picnickers, anglers and winter sport enthusiasts.

In the northern half of Vermont's Green Mountains, Camel's Hump is easily recognized by its unique double-humped profile.

Waubanaukee Indians first named it "Tah-wak-be-dee-ee-wadso" or Saddle Mountain. Samuel de Champlain's explorers in the 1600's called it "lion couchant" or resting lion. The name "Camel's Rump" was used on a historical map by Ira Allen in 1798, and this became "Camel's Hump" in 1830.

The Park came about as an original gift of 1000 acres including the summit from Colonel Joseph Battell, who originally bought Camel's Hump to preserve the wooded mountainous view from his home. In 1911, care of the mountain was entrusted to the State Forester who managed with the aim to keep it in a primitive state according to Battell's wish.

The State of Vermont eventually adopted a policy of development regulation on all state forest lands to preserve aesthetic values. It fought proposed intrusions by communications towers and ski resorts until the summit's Natural Area was set aside; then special legislation was passed in 1969 to create a Forest Reserve whose state-owned acres (about 20,000 by 1991) form Camel's Hump State Park.

Camel's Hump State Park is known for its spectacular scenery, lush boreal forest, rambling streams, abundant wildlife and numerous hiking and fishing opportunities. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are also enjoyed.

The park is located in between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains National Forest in the mid-sect ion of Vermont. There are several access points to the park. Travel Interstate 89 between Richmond and Waterbury.

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.

c/o VT Dept of Forests, Parks & Recreation
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-0601

Phone: 802-241-3655

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