What to do in Wilgus State Park

Wilgus State Park is conveniently located in southeastern Vermont along the shores of the Connecticut River. The original work in the park was done by the depression-era Civilian Conservation Corp. Today, improvements are still being made. This park is especially popular with paddleboaters because is allows immediate access to the Connecticut River. Overnight facilities offer hot showers and are handicapped accessible. Day use activities include river swimming, boating, hiking, picnicking and a play area.

The land that Wilgus State Park consists of was given to the State of Vermont in 1933 by Colonel and Mrs. William Wilgus for the creation of Wilgus State Park.

The original park, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, consisted of a picnic area with large flue-type stone fireplaces and picnic tables and the ranger's quarters.

The campground was developed in 1960 and continues to be expanded and improved. Wilgus State Park is a very popular park for paddleboaters since it is located on the Connecticut River.

Recreation
Wilgus State Park is conveniently located in southeastern Vermont along the shores of the Connecticut River. The original work in the park was done by the depression-era Civilian Conservation Corp. Today, improvements are still being made. This park is especially popular with paddleboaters because is allows immediate access to the Connecticut River. Twenty-five campsites are offered in addition to a picnic ground, boat launch and boat rental, hiking trails, shore fishing, a playground and river swimming. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Nearby attractions include the road to Mt. Ascutney Summit, Windsor Covered Bridge, American Precision Museum and Quechee Gorge. Over the state line to New Hampshire, St. Gaudens National Historic Site is a featured attraction.

Location
From Ascutney at Interstate 91 take Exit #8 and travel 1.5 miles south on US 5 to reach the park entrance.

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
P.O. Box 196
Ascutney, VT 05030

Phone: 802-674-5422

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