Located just outside of Waterbury, and set within the Mount Mansfield State Forest, Little River State Park is one of central Vermont’s most visited state parks. The park contains the Waterbury Reservoir, the centerpiece of the park and a great spot for camping swimming, boating, fishing and playing on the beach.
Boat rentals are available, and the reservoir does have a healthy fish population for anglers. While motorboats and water skiing are permitted, there are no-wake zones set aside for paddlers. The main park primarily consists of a campground with 81 tent/RV sites, 20 lean-tos and five cabins. There are also several dozen remote (primitive) campsites and day use sites scattered around the reservoir.
The Little River history hike is a fascinating look back into the farming community which was established here in the early 1800s. Eventually abandoned, visitors can now explore the old cemeteries, sawmill remains, old town roads, bridges and old cellar holes along the way. Depending on the level of activity and the time you have available, you can chose between short in-and-out hikes or a longer loop hike, most of which is over fairly mellow, rolling terrain.