What to do in New Discovery State Park

New Discovery State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This scenic and rugged forest is known primarily for its developed camping facilities, but offers a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities. Though only a short drive from Barre, Montpelier or St. Johnsbury, this forest retains a sense of wilderness and supports a wide variety of wildlife, including black bear, moose, deer, grouse, mink, beaver, otter, fisher, loons and herons. Anglers enjoy catching brook trout in Osmore Pond (1 mile away) and a variety of species at other nearby ponds and streams. New Discovery State Park offers 47 tent / trailer sites and 14 lean-tos with access to hot showers.

New Discovery State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This scenic and rugged forest was the site of intensive logging, beginning in 1873 with the opening of the Montpelier to Wells River railroad that ran through the forest (now a park trail) and ending in the 1920's when most of the timber was cut. Today the forest supports a wide variety of wildlife, including black bear, moose, deer, grouse, mink, beaver, otter, fisher, loons and herons. Nearby Osmore Pond is known for its brook trout while Peacham Pond offers brown trout, rainbow smelt and yellow perch.

Recreation
New Discovery State Park is one of five campgrounds located within Groton State Forest. The park rests just 1 mile away from Osmore Pond amidst rocky terrain. Activities at the park include camping and hiking along with a picnic area and playground. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Location
From Groton travel 2 miles west on US 302. Turn northwest on SR 232 and travel 9.5 miles to the park.

Climate
Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.

Address
RD Box 600
Marshfield, VT 05658

Phone: 802-584-3820

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