First time to Wilgus State Park over Memorial Day Weekend with two teens 16 and 12 and 1 family dog. There are about 19 sites and some cabins and lean to's as well. We have a pop up camper and fit nicely in site #9, #8,7,6,5,10 are nice sites as well. Your view is the Ct River which was rather high and swift current). The Park Rangers were very friendly and helpful and knowledgable of the area. If you needed campwood, its $4 a bundle and they deliver it to you via golf cart. 5lbs of ice $4. Showers, coin operated, clean and plenty of supplies.
We went 3 1/2 miles up to Cascade Falls Road and parked there and hiked up to the Cascade Falls, round trip 2.2 miles. Didn't go to the top which was another 1.1 miles. We drove the auto toll road to the summit then walked the remaining 7 tenths of a mile to the top where there is an observation tower as well. If you stay in the park you don't have to pay to go to the top of Mt. Ascutney, just show your pass.
Went to Camp Plymouth, beautiful state park, lake, canoes, kayaks, bathhouses, bbqs, picnic tables, everything including wheeled carts to take your stuff from the car to the beach area. Just well maintained and absolutely beautiful. Its about a 35 min ride from Wilgus and you go by Okemo Mt to get there and pass country stores in Ludlow and on Rte 131, great general stores, meats, clothing etc. People fly fishing along the river to and from.
The campground has a pavillion with 3 tables and a fire place next to the check in area, so if it rains all day there is something you still can do outside. They had a volleyball net and horseshoe pit as well and entrance to put your canoes/kayaks in between sights 7/6 I think.
We had our campfire till midnight most nights, but not too many people up, if they were they were quiet. There is a mowed area of lawn next to the restroom and we played whiffle ball with the kids there.
5 mins up the road is Windsor where the Harpoon Brewery is along with Simon Pearce glass, stores etc. Gas stations are nearby as is an icecream stand as well heading towards Windsor.
There are local swimming holes nearby by car, Stoughton Pond and another.
We hiked across the street from the entrance of the park up the Pinnacle trail and stayed on the path but when it turned right we went left, followed it down for a bit to a pond. Bring your rods, big fish and the dog could swim and fetch in the water. When you head back to the normal trail, bear left at the fork (we went right and had to double back), when you get to the trail go left to the 2 tenths up to the summit then follow down again, nice short hike.
Would go there again in a heartbeat, friendly, clean, courteous service etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- State Park that offers campsites. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wilgus State Park Vermont/Windsor