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EXPLORE AMERICA: Little River State Park

Little River State Park sits in the south section of Mount Mansfield State Forest, at the edge of the Waterbury Reservoir. In the 1700s, the territory here was once a settlement of pioneers who cleared the rocky land and set to farming. Later generations found the land not so hospitable and moved on. Old sawmills, bridges, cemeteries, and roads remain as signs of the pioneer days. Heavy rains in 1927 and 1934 flooded the Little River and caused great loss of life and property. The park sits near the Waterbury Dam, constructed in 1938 in a joint effort of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Corps of Engineers. The park itself was developed in 1962. The park has tent and trailer sites and lean-tos spread out along an embankment overlooking the Waterbury Reservoir. Stevenson Brook cuts through the park. One campground loop lies on the north side of the brook and two lie on the south side. Reservations are recommended for all campsites. Restrooms, pay showers, and toilets are available throughout the campground. The sites also afford access to a ball field, a play area with a basketball hoop, and a naturalist cabin. You get the best of both the state forest and the state park at Little River.

Little River State Park is located at 3444 Little River Rd, Waterbury, Vermont. Telephone 802-244-7103. http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/littleriver.htm

Photo credit: ©The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

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