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Mt. Philo State Park, Charlotte

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Yes, they drive cars to the top but the small hike up on the very well maintained trails is a lot of fun for kids, and adults. It's not a long hike, but the views from the top make it seem like you ar...  read more »
  • Great spot for a smal hike with the bonus of a great view. On the top there is a nice place for picnics and relaxing. It's also possible to drive to the top. 
  • Many ways to ascend the hill . By the road or by an easy trail up the side. When you reach the top , the view is wonderful . Vermont at its best . Picnic tables and a shelter on top . 
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