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
13 days 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
1 month 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
3 months ago

Beautiful view at summit

hiking
4 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
4 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
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Fun and easy hike.

on Mount Philo Trail

hiking
7 months ago

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
7 months ago

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.

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

hiking
7 months ago

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
8 months ago

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

walking
9 months ago

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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Did the devils pass trail in the snow. Better have spikes but then again it was slick. Watch for bears or cats around that trail. Those were the only prints I saw on trail when I took it. I felt very foolish when I saw the tracks go into a cavern. Hence fresh tracks. Be safe. Be smart. I wasn't.

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