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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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  • 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.  more »
  • 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 »
  • I had a great time camping here with my son and his family. we have visited this park many times over the years together.
  • Great place for a short hike. Also a great place to go sledding.
  • Stunning views. Nice hikes. Love this place
  • Having hiked all over the northeast I can say without question that my philo has arguably the most picture perfect views of any mountain I've hiked. There is a road that goes up to the top but the hike is neither challenging nor long. I would particularly recommend this hike in autumn as the views look like something out of a painting or postcard.
  • If you are looking for a great view, especially around sunset, you can drive (steeply) to the summit and park it at the top. From there you can walk a short distance to the Devil's Chair and view Lake Champlain with the Adirondacks as its backdrop. Entrance is $7 and the receipt is good that day at any other state park.