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“Beautiful park”

Grand Isle State Park
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Great lakefront campsites on the fabulous Champlain islands. Many sites are quite private. The Islands are a special gem!

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"nice campground"
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"camping experience"
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"great camping"
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"wi fi"
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"ride bikes"
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"lake champlain"
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"boat launch"
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"sand bar"
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"buy firewood"
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Clean park and wonderful staff. We had a large dog, and everything was fine. The best sites are the lean toos on the cliff side of the park. (North Side) Best would be the "Beech" lean too, but all the sites are viewable online. (The lean too's on the cliff go fast, best reserve a year in advance or call ahead.) Be careful of the sites in the center field (#10 and up) as there is no shade. This park is best for bikes and boating. The boat launch is a designated spot. There are great bike trails on the island, especially in South Hero. The beach has a nice grassy field, but the beach itself is very rocky, then slime on the rocks, then lots of shallow water. So you will need to bring water shoes as to not cut your feet. And hence, it was a little stinky at times. Most of this is due to the drought as the water levels were low. We were in sites 5, 6, and a few others. Great for large groups! The office has firewood and ice. Trash dumpsters are conveniently located. Best to bring a large water holder or tank of some sort, as there is no water on site. We had a huge plastic water container with a spicket and it was perfect! Oh, so bring a bucket!! The restrooms were clean, but one of the showers took your quarters, and never delivered the hot water. No hair dryers were allowed, but if you have a low voltage travel dryer that works fine. Wiring is pre-1960's. The nature center had a brief concert the night we were there. Nice touch. Oh, and the park has wi-fi.
We could also hear the waves on the beach at night from our site, and star-gazing is a must. As for our nightly sing alongs... not so much this trip as lights and noise-out is at 10 pm!
We climbed Mount Mansfield. Even the 5 year old, but would not recommend taking the hike unless you are an avid hiker. We took the Laura Cowles Trail: One-way hiking distance: 2.7 miles
One-way elevation gain: 2600 feet, straight up, all rocks at the end. Sunset trail back down (awesome!) There is a drive up and gondola available on the south side with just a mile hike round trip to the summitt. Totally worth the $$ if you have small children as the view from the top is a must see with clear view of three states.

Make a stop at Burlington Center on the way back, great places for lunch on Church street.
Also we stopped in the capital city of Montpelier, so charming.

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Reviewed August 30, 2011

We camped for 5 days at tent site 7 and had a great time. Beautiful lake location, attentive staff, clean campsites and facilities. We had a 5 yr old with us and she loved the Nature Center, where they had crafts and activities several times a day. The sites in the middle of the park were pretty exposed, so we were happy to be tucked into the woods. Also those sites on the south side of the park felt quite separate from the "activity." Depending on your preferences that could be good or bad. For us, we wouldn't have liked it there. You can buy firewood and ice on site. Lots of kids had bikes. We brought a kayak. Our site had hard packed dirt, so we needed a good hammer to get our tent stakes in. Only drawback is that the beach is rocky. All in all, though, we were planning on which site we will pick for next year!

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Reviewed April 13, 2011

Beach, beach sports, picnic, good times.
On lake Champlain
Good fishing

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