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Lake Carmi State Park

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Home of Vermont's largest state park campground, Lake Carmi State Park also has a day-use area with swimming, a picnic area, nature center, rental boats, and a nature trail loop.
Trail Activity
Length
0.7 miles, Loop
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Franklin (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Pets
Permitted
Fees
Yes
Other Activities

Description

Nature Trail: Access the nature trail from the north end of the day-use parking lot.  The trail begins with a bridge over a small brook, and then loops through a wet cedar forest. Much of the trail has puncheon boardwalks to keep your feet dry.

Bog Walk: There is an accessible boardwalk spur into the bog near the west end of the road connecting campground areas A and B.  The bog walk allows viewing of the 140 acre bog, and ends with a platform including benches and an informational display.  No parking is available at the bog walk, it is 0.8miles from the day-use parking area. 

About the Park:

With a 1375-acre surface  area, Carmi is the fourth largest natural lake entirely within Vermont.  It is 7.5 miles around, averaging about 20 feet in depth, and is 33  feet at its deepest point.  The lake supports northern pike, walleyes,  and other warm water species. The lake drains north into Quebec’s Pike  River, then into Lake Champlain. Lake Carmi was once much larger. In  the thousands of years since the last ice age, the southern end of the  original lake has silted in, creating wetland forests and the third  largest peat bog in Vermont.

Most of the 140-acre bog  lies within Lake Carmi State Park and is a designated State Natural  Area. Natural Areas have been set aside for the preservation and  protection of their unique ecological, geological, or scenic and  contemplative values. The road to Camping Area “B” cuts through the bog  and is the northern boundary of the Natural Area. The high ground on  which Camping Area “B” is built would be an island if not for the bog. 

Park Website

 

Trail Manager

Visit Vermont State Parks online for more information and a printable map or contact:

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation Region 3: Essex Region
111 West Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452-4695
Phone: (802) 279-8329
robert.peterson@vermont.gov
View website

Trail Tips

Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Be aware of and limit the noise you and your group generate. Enjoy the sounds of nature.

Trailhead Information

From Enosburg Falls: Go 3 miles west on VT 105, then 3 miles north on VT 236.

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