The 168-acre park is located atop Mt. Philo (968' elevation) and overlooks the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. A narrow, steep road (not recommended for trailers) provides visitors access to the top of the mountain. This is Vermont's oldest state park, created in 1924. A small camping area with a total of 10 sites including 3 lean-tos, is located at the top of the mountain. Flush toilets and hot showers ($) are provided. The mountaintop picnic area offers spectacular views of the lake, valley, and mountains to the west. An enclosed picnic shelter is available for large group gatherings. Hiking trails lead from the summit to the base. Swimming is available at Kingsland Bay State Park (6 miles) or Button Bay State Park (15 miles). There is boating, fishing, and sailing in nearby Lake Champlain.
I'm not sure "easy" is the right word as it was decently steep the entire way. It took about 30 minutes to reach the top. My 6 year old got tired half way through, but was able to finish without too much complaining. The views from the top were amazing - highly recommend this hike (or drive - my parents took this route and met us at the top).
Great easy trail for beginners, people with kids or for a quick hike with guests from out of state. It's pretty highly trafficked, especially in the summer months. There's a large picnic area and bathroom facilities at the top, as well as an access road with parking lot.
A short hike with beautiful views. I missed the trailhead at the parking area so we walked on the paved road until we found Devil's Chair Trail. The trail was steep in areas and could get slippery in wet conditions. The overhanging rock on Devil's Chair Trail was an impressive sight. Noticing the many fallen pieces, it did make me wonder the chance of one breaking free as I passed through. A risk one will take though to experience nature. We passed by the den of a porcupine. A cave entrance evident by the abundant scat, strong urine scent, and many quills. The views of the lake and Adirondacks were beautiful from the summit. With the leaves gone from the trees, we were able to see additional views along the way that you wouldn't at other times. We walked the paved road back to the bottom parking area. We spent 3 hours at a leisurely pace. The pavement is quick and easier walking, but I will take the wooded trail if I go back.
Mandy S. on Mount Philo Trail
Very easy hike, but the view is beautiful!