Allis State Park

A short nature trail and a lookout tower with sweeping views highlight this central Vermont State Park
Trail Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing
Length
1.0 mile, Loop
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
Brookfield (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Grass/Meadow
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No

Description

The Bear Hill Nature Trail at Allis State Park starts from the day-use area and loops approximately one mile through the forest. There are sign posts with numbers that correlate to the Bear Hill Nature Trail Guide, which can be downloaded here or picked up at the park. 

The day use area also features a look out tower near the parking area with spectacular views of central Vermont as well as the Green Mountains to the west and the White Mountains to the east. There is a picnic pavilion with accessible bathrooms, which can be accessed by an accessible pathway from the lower parking lot. 

Other Information

Allis State Park was donated to the state by Wallace Allis to be developed as a campground and recreational area. The Civilian Conservation Corps developed the park in the 1930's. Since then, there have been improvements and changes in operation.

There is also a campground at Allis State Park with 18 tent/RV sites and 8 lean-tos as well as a group camping site. 

The campground is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Day use hours are 10 AM - sunset during the open season.

To visit the trail in the off-season, you have to park outside the gate and walk in making for a longer hike than in the summer.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit Vermont State Parks online or contact:

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation Region 1: Springfield Region

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation Region 1: Springfield Region
100 Mineral Street, Suite 304
Springfield, VT 05156-3168
Phone: (802) 777-0388
ethan.phelps@vermont.gov
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Trail Tips

Travel on Durable Surfaces
If your bike tires make an indent on the trail surface, it is too wet to ride. Come back when the trails have dried out.
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Trailhead Information

From the south, take I-89 to Exit 4 then turn left onto VT-66 West. After 1.6 mi, turn right onto Windover Rd. and travel for 0.4 miles. Continue straight onto VT-12 North for 10 miles then turn right onto VT-65 East (a gravel road) for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Allis State Park Rd. and go up the hill, 0.5 miles to park headquarters.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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