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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 168acre 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).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 State 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, C.C.C. (Civilian Conservation Corps) crews further enhanced the road and picnic area and built a ranger cabin and camping sites.BiologyFrom September to November, Mt. Philo is an excellent viewpoint for migrating raptors. Three main types can be viewed: falcons such as the kestrel and merlin; accipiters such as the cooper's hawk; and buteos such as the red-tailed hawk.
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  • We were in the area just for a couple of days and so couldn't be picky about the weather. We went on a beautiful winter day with lot's of snow falling. The snow was lovely yet underneath the path was ...  more »
  • I love mount philo. I consider it my treadmill. My only complaint is having to pay for it as a charlotte resident. I think charlottes should go for free, or cheaper. 
  • For a short amount of time and little effort, this hike has alot to offer. No snow at the top and on a clear day like today it's worth your little time. If you have free time, this hike is doable for ...  more »