Branbury is located on the eastern shore of Lake Dunmore at the base of Mt. Moosalamoo. The Green Mountain National Forest is its neighbor to the east. Historically, the 69-acre park operated as a farm at the turn of the century, then a guest house, summer boy's camp and private beach and picnic area. In 1945, it became Branbury (Brandon-Salisbury) State Park. The park is divided by Route 53. Twenty tent sites and 7 lean-to sites are on one side of the highway in a heavily wooded area, and 17 tent sites are located along the perimeter of a grassy open area near the beach. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. The 1000 foot natural sandy beach, clean, clear Lake Dunmore, and the large open grassy areas make the area very popular for swimming, sunning, or picnicking. Hiking trails to scenic vistas, waterfalls, caves, mountain lakes and streams, as well as an interpretive nature trail, provide outstanding hiking opportunities. There is fishing and boating (Canoe, kayak, rowboat, and pedal boat rentals are available at the park) on Lake Dunmore.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Very well marked, icy in a few places. Stop at Rattlesnake for the view over Lake Dunmore.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Mt Moosalamoo is an OK trail... The summit itself didn't have any visibility around it. Pretty much a sign stating "this is this summit" in the woods at the top of the hill. Because of that, I think there's less traffic on that trail, and so the trail itself was a little bit in rougher shape and had lots of downed trees. HOWEVER, the lookout over Rattlesnake Cliff overlooking Lake Dunmore is fantastic! Sorry my panoramic pic didn't turn out... I wish I hiked up a day that wasn't overcast... that view has got to be stunning in the fall.

Warning! One of the trail markers towards the top is confusing between Mt Moosalamoo summit trial, Keewaydin trail, and Oak Ridge Trail. I made the mistake, and so did another couple I ran into... I started going down Keewaydin trail about .5 mi before I realized that it "didn't look right" and checked out the AllTrails App to see I was going down a different path, and had to backtrack. Oak Ridge Trail isn't on the park map you get from the park office, but it turns into Rattlesnake Cliff Trail which is on the park map... so if that's where you want to go, just take the Oak Ridge trail from that junction.

Overall, the best view was from the Rattlesnake Cliff... if you're going to the top, it's pretty much just to say "been there" and look at the sign in the woods.