In the early 1800s, pioneers cleared fields, rocks, and stumps in Ricker Basin and Cotton Brook. A settlement of 50 or so families once lived in this area. The hard demands of the land and weather forced younger generations to abandon the farms. Today, old cemeteries, sawmill remains, old town roads, bridges and many cellar holes can still be seen as evidence of a past community. On November 3 and 4 of 1927, torrential rains caused local rivers to rise and drove residents to their roofs. A second flood in 1934 spurred the construction of Waterbury Dam. Between 1935 and 1938 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, constructed Waterbury Reservoir. The CCC camp here was a fully operating, thriving community with more than 80 buildings, and housing 2,000 men at its peak. Now, half a century later, only a few solitary chimneys and concrete foundations remain. Today, Little River State Park is one of the most popular parks in central Vermont. Waterbury Reservoir is particularly favored for boating with a portion of the reservoir devoted to quieter uses. Angling for bass and trout is as popular here as water-skiing. Enjoy swimming beaches, play areas, boat rentals and a launch, and miles of hiking and mountain bike trails in the adjacent Mt. Mansfield State Forest. Self-guided history and nature trails are located close to the camping area. Little River State Park, which is part of Mt. Mansfield State Forest, primarily consists of a campground with 81 tent/trailer sites, 20 lean-tos and three cabins. This is central Vermont's largest and most popular campground. Three of the four restrooms include hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups. Within the campground, there are swimming beaches, play areas, a boat launch, ball field, nature museum and programs, and boat rentals. Adjacent to the park are miles of hiking trails (open for day use) that take in the rich cultural and natural history of the area.

Nice enough hike, just a little too easy and short for me. Currently, couple of inches of snow on the ground with a frozen crust.

Great hike with historical markers. Good for families and small kids.

hiking
4 months ago

What intended to be a short hike turned out to be almost 5 miles. Lots to see along the well kept trail, a great trail when it's sunny and hot, well shaded.
The park ranger said there's over 28 miles of trails within this state park. Costs 4 bucks but gives you access to the swimming area, picnic areas and the many trails.
I will definitely go back.

hiking
4 months ago

Drat...somehow there's still a couple of typos here. Stevenson Brook trail heads into the woods toward the RIGHT past the red gate across from the sign on our park road that reads STEVENSON BROOK TRAIL PARKING. Probably I was up too late when I wrote this! Apologies.

hiking
4 months ago

Addendum - pedestrians walking into the park are also required to pay the day use fee at the park office. There is parking for this trail, There are other, shorter loops using this trail:

1) 1. Stevenson Brook > Cutoff > Dalley Loop (west side) > Right on Park Road back to car = 1.6 miles R/t

2) Stevenson Brook > Sawmill Trail > Dalley Loop (west side) back toward road (past Goodell House) > Cutoff Trail > return on Stevenson Brook = 4.55 miles R/T

The GPS directions took us to a boat dock. If going do no stop there. Keep driving up into the state park. Beautiful hike. Mostly out of the sun. A little buggy.

Nice hike in the winter. It took us 2 hours with cramp-ons. We didn't want to spend all day hiking so a nice stop before getting to Burlington!

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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

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Monday, September 19, 2016

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Saturday, September 03, 2016

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Friday, August 19, 2016

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Beautiful stream with old farms, informational signs explain the history of the farms, was a very nice trail!

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Friday, August 05, 2016

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great choice for a warm summer day with lots of cool shade and fun history lesson along the way. Takes you back to life in VT for the first settlers.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Nice State Park.

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Nice trials very seanceic and a lot of wildlife dear moose

walking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Nice woodland walking on wide trails by streams and old farms. Signs describing the history of the area are a bonus. Beautiful.