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.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful view, nicely maintained trail, kid friendly and high foot traffic. Wish it was a little less busy but it was a VT summer day, can’t expect to have the trail to ourselves. Was a great hike with the kiddo.

Well maintained, well trodden. Went on a week day encounter six sets of folks during the trip. Great views of the Green Mnts and Adirondack’s (w labeled signage). Some fences to keep idiots and children from falling off the overlooks.

1 month ago

A nice stroll up well-maintained trails to a satisfying vista.

on Mount Philo Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy hike with great views

Great around an hour long hike (total) on the paved road still gave us and our pooch a good quick work out. Plenty of chairs and picnic tables at the summit along with water and restrooms, but be ready for lots of people and noise at the summit. You can also drive right up if you just want to visit the summit.

This is a great trail to test new shoes/packs/etc. due to the quickness and choice of paved or woodpath.

Accessible hike with a great view of the lake and Adirondack Mountains.

fun trail! like the steps and a nice picnic area at the top

hiking
2 months ago

Great views!

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely not the easiest and in mud season even a little tricky at times with the dog and kiddos. But such a good steep hike, and worth the trip. My kids have officially climbed a mountain!

Mount Philo is definitely a crowd pleaser. It’s short and not too strenuous- which makes it an excellent trail for families. We hiked it in the snow and the parking lot was still nearly full - it’s very popular! We used our crampons during the last leg of the hike as it was a bit icy.

hiking
5 months ago

I gave this mountain 5 stars because it’s so close to home, for someone who doesn’t like Gyms, it’s the perfect nature walk/climb. I could do this 5 times a week and get my full workout in.

I’ve been going to the summit everyday this week. Great hike !

on Mount Philo Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Perfect short hike with stunning view at top. Definitely recommend starting with the left trail option and ending via the other side of loop to get the real hiking experience going up (in this way you get the road portion at end on decline portion). Kids were sledding down the end road. Very friendly atmosphere and great/safe in the snow! Dress warm!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful view at summit

hiking
8 months ago

Challenging in some spots but don't turn around to head back...keep up and you will be amazed at the summit look-outs.

Easy but challenging in some spots! The view is worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

Certainly beautiful views at the top. Totally worth it but I disagreed with the easy rating. It was an uphill climb all the way. Granted we are not seasoned hikers - that's why we choose 'easy'. I definitely recommend but know you will be working it. It's paved all the way, lots of other hikers along the way and facilities at the top. Absolutely worth the effort.

This trail is great for those beginning to get into hiking and need some practice as well a great trip with the family. Trail is kid friendly

This trail is Easy for a hiker. Non hikers not so much I took my mom on a mini getaway and we did this. It was her first hike. She is in her 60s. Not very athletic It was a bit tough for her due to the constant uphill incline. Lots of steps and some rocks. For the non hiker I would recommend walking the gravel path for cars. Or driving. :). Mom did it and was so proud. Took several breaks but she says the view at the top was so worth it. The smile on her face was priceless :)

hiking
11 months ago

Not much of a challenge. Good if New to hiking and want a great view.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fun and easy hike.

on Mount Philo Trail

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Amazing trail beautiful view at the top of the mountain. The trails were nicely groomed. It wasn't too steep and a lot of the trail was packed down with stone.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

It has been pretty wet this month, so used the access road rather than the muddy trails. Great little family friendly hike with nice views.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Always a nice hike. June has been wet so the trails were muddy and a bit unsafe. We went down the road.

hiking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Still a fun easy hike - rear views do take a non-hiker and kids up. Love this trail! Did this one May 23rd with my friend Antie

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Nice easy hike...beautiful view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.

walking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

We went late April and walked up the road that is normally used for cars. We took our 5 year and old and she did great! With that being said the road gets steep..... very steep. Once at the top it was worth it, we took snacks and drinks and enjoyed the top. The restrooms were closed at the top, thankfully our 5 year old did not have to go to the bathroom. If you pace yourself and take time to enjoy the top with kids it will be great. Next time, once the mud season is over, we will try the hiking trail and not the paved road.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Easy paved trails or backroading trails that are slightly not difficult.

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