What to do in Molly Stark State Park

Molly Stark State Park is named for the wife of a Revolutionary War General, John Stark. This lovely 168-acre park offers access to Mt. Olga Trail which is a loop trails leading to the 2,145 foot summit. The park also offers camping, hunting, picnicking and a playground.

Molly Stark State Park is named after the famous wife of General John Stark of the Revolutionary War. The park is located along the "Molly Stark Trail," Route 9, which bisects southern Vermont.
Originally, the first settlers used the area for farming. During the 1930's the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built fireplaces and a restroom building, but there is no evidence that this area was used by the public for camping even though local people may have used the land for picnics.

The area was designated and opened as Molly Stark State Park on July 2, 1960. The park has open lawn areas, woods and Mt. Olga rising to the east where there is an old fire tower with spectacular views. The area is very popular during the fall foliage season for its colors and also because it is located on one of the more popular travel routes.

Recreation
Molly Stark State Park offers access to several area trails including the well-known Mt. Olga Trail which offers panoramic views from a fire tower. A 34-site campground is offered in addition to a play area, picnic grove and hunting grounds. This area is a popular fall foliage destination. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Location
From Brattleboro travel to Exit 2 along Interstate 91. Travel 15 miles west on SR 9 to reach the park entrance.

Climate
Winter daytime temperatures average above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (above 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Places in History Travel Region has an average precipitation of more than 44 inches (more than 112 centimeters). However, along the eastern boundary of this region, precipitation drops between 36 and 40 inches (91 to 102 centimeters).

Address
705 Route 9 East
Wilmington, VT 05363

Phone: 802-464-5460

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