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Mt. Philo State Park, Charlotte

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Mount Philo State Park is a state park located in Charlotte, Vermont. The 237acre park protects the area around Mount Philo (968 feet high) and provides views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains to the west. The Green Mountains (including Camel's Hump in the winter) can be seen to the east and south. It is accessed by trail or steep narrow car road (seasonal).FeaturesThe park features hiking trails that lead from the base to the summit of Mount Philo. There is a mountaintop picnic area with views of Lake Champlain, the valley, and the Adirondack Mountains and Green Mountains to the west and south.There is a small camping area with a total of 10 sites including 3 lean-tos, with restrooms and hot showers.HistoryFrom the late 19th century to 1924, Mt. Philo was a popular destination for guests of the Mt. Philo Inn. It was accessed by carriage road and had a wooden observation tower at its summit.The park was established in 1924 when Francies Humphreys of Brookline, Massachusetts, owner of the adjacent Mt. Philo Inn, donated the land to the State of Vermont for recreational use. This land would become Vermont's first state park. In 1929 the carriage road was improved and a summit picnic area was created. From 1935-1937, CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) crews further enhanced the road and picnic area and built a ranger cabin and camping sites. The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 for its importance in the state's recreational history, and for its CCC-related architecture.
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  • The walk up the hill through the woods was beautiful. The view from the top is spectacular. Thoughtfully placed chairs for resting and viewing.  more »
  • Great view of Great view of and Adirondack Mountains. It's less than a mile from the Inn we stayed at.  more »
  • We had an amazing bbq with Lake Champlain as a backdrop. The hike to the top is beautiful and the trail is well maintained. We really cannot overstate how fabulous the views CA be.  more »
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  • anyone who lives in Charlotte and pays Taxes should NOT have to pay to bike up the mountain.... on a positive note - there is no other sledding experience like Philo. you can go top to bottom without stopping - you need to know how to sled though. need the right sled - a torpedo or something similar (hard plastic long with ribs running front to back); lay on stomach; need ski goggles and helmet; steer with your hands as well as pumping on flat spots. some parts you can go 30+mph. This is a staple for highschool hangouts in the winter. One of the best parts of charlotte.
  • Great for kids. Awesome views 2.26 miles round-trip from car door to car door. My 3 year old loved it. I burned 600 calories and got great pics at the top.
  • A great way to get the kids into hiking at a young age. On a clear day you can see for miles and the views at the top of the Lake are spectacular.
  • Nice, small park. Our camp site was pretty secluded. Clean bathroom and shower facilities!
  • Perfect easy hike, great views. Is probably going to be crowded on a nice day, but still worth it.

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