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Lake St. Catherine State Park

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Lake St. Catherine State Park has long been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a place to relax and enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, and picnicking. 
Trail Activity
1.0 mile, Network
Easy, Moderate
Poultney (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt


A short hiking trail network on the north side of the park winds through woods and meadows. The trail begins at the footbridge at the north end of the day-use parking area. From there the trail winds its way through a meadow with islands of trees, apple trees and opportunities for birding. The trail is on flat terrain and winds its way back toward the park entrance road. The Meadow Trail intersects the Woods Trail near its eastern end. This trail climbs a short distance and follows a ridge through the forest before descending back to the meadow.

Other Information

Pets are not permitted in the day-use area, but are allowed in other parts of the park.

The area is known for its past slate quarrying operations, with remains of slate mills, quarries, and rubble piles still visible. The park itself was once a children's summer camp and farmland. Remnants of these past activities can still be found within the park.

Trail Manager

For more information about the trails and the park, visit the Vermont State Parks online, or contact:

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation Region 2: Rutland Region
271 North Main Street, Suite 215
Rutland, VT 05701-2423
Phone: (802) 786-0060
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Avoid hypothermia, even in warm weather, by limiting your sweat and exposure to cold water. Bring warm and dry clothes in case the shivers set in.

Trailhead Information

From the town of Poultney, turn east onto Furnace Street and continue for 0.3 miles. Turn left onto VT-30 (Lake Road) and continue for 3 miles. Turn right into Lake St. Catherine State Park. 

At the first intersection in the park, turn right and continue straight for visitor parking. There is a nature center located behind the first parking lot on the left. A hiking trail is accessible from the northern side of the farthest parking lot.

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