Welcome to Allis State Park, one of Central Vermonts best kept secrets! The hilltop setting and dramatic views from the lookout tower make it a favorite spot for those who cherish the peace and tranquility the park affords. Allis State Parks location off of one of Vermonts few remaining gravel state highways adds to the rustic and old-time character of the area. The park was established in 1928 as Vermonts second developed state park. The park is named for Wallace Allis, who willed his Bear Mountain Farm to the State of Vermont to be developed as a campground and recreational area. It is located on the summit of Bear Hill which provides sweeping views of central Vermont from a lookout tower once used to spot forest fires. On a clear day, Killington, Pico, and Mt Ascutney peaks are visible to the south; Camel's Hump and Mt. Mansfield to the north; Abraham, Lincoln, and Ellen to the west; the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the east. Wallace Allis maintained a summer home and a sheep farm on the property until his death in 1928. In those days, the entire hill was open pasture land with excellent views from just about any spot. Mr. Allis allowed the public to drive to the top of the hill and enjoy the views; its popularity led him to leave it to the State. The property was in the Allis family for several generations as a working farm. Today, all that remains as evidence of the farm are many stone walls that crisscross the property.

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4 months ago

Good with kids: enough vertical change to work up their appetite for lunch.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

Views from the fire tower are amazing. Kids really enjoyed it. Not difficult. We'll go back.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016