Jamaica State Park

Description

Jamaica State Park was opened to the public in 1969, and it's been a haven to rafters, kayakers, and canoeists ever since. In the early spring and late fall, waters released from Ball Mountain Dam gush through the West River and offer amazing whitewater activity. Within the park's 756 acres, you'll find 61 tent/trailer sites, 18 lean-to sites, and two restrooms with hot showers. The park has several trails suited for leisurely hiking and biking. The three-mile-long Railroad Bed Trail winds its way along the West River on what used to be the West River Railroad (until a flood during the late 1920s wiped out most of the tracks). On this path, you'll encounter "the dumplings," a cluster of sizable boulders that offer some fun climbing. Ball Mountain Dam, just past Cobb Brook along the path, extends 915 feet across the West River and stands 265 feet high. Hamilton Falls Trail, an old switch road, brings you to the foot of Hamilton Falls, past the Lumber Mill, and to the top of the 125-foot falls. The two-mile Overlook Trail begins near the Hackberry lean-to, hooks up to the Railroad Bed Trail below the ridge of Little Ball Mountain, and proceeds to the summit for a splendid vista. If you're looking for kids' activities in the vicinity, you can venture about 30 minutes south to Santa's Land (in Putney). They have a petting zoo and kiddie rides open from June to September. Pets: Leashed pets are permitted with some restrictions. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required upon check-in. Reservations: For information on reservations, call 800-837-6667. Reservations are taken between January 1 and the end of the park season. Jamaica State Park is open between late April and Columbus Day.

Address

48 Salmon Hole Ln
Jamaica, VT 05343

Lat/Long

43.10968600, -72.77520100
Visit Website
(802) 874-4600

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