Campers looking to vacation in Vermont’s state parks this summer will have a much easier time this year than the last.
Vermont State Parks has released updated guidance for travel and overnight stays as the state moves through the Vermont Forward plan, Gov. Phil Scott’s multi-phase blueprint for reopening.
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Out-of-state campers will have to comply with Vermont’srules for cross-state travel. Those visiting from out of state as well as Vermonters who are returning home no longer have to quarantine, but those who are not fully vaccinated must follow a few rules:
- Unvaccinated Vermonters who have traveled outside the state must get a negative test within three days of returning.
- Unvaccinated visitors from out of state must have a negative COVID test three days before arriving.
To visit or stay overnight at a state campground, visitors will have to fill out a certificate of compliance to attest that they’ve followed travel guidelines.
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What will be open to campers this season?
“Our plan is to offer as many services as possible,” guidance as of April 15 states. That currently includes, among others:
- Day use.
- Camping, cabin, and cottage rentals.
- Boat rentals and concessions at select parks (please call ahead to confirm).
- Firewood and Ice sales at parks with campgrounds.
- Open-air pavilion rentals within the group gathering limits of 25 and two picnic tables provided.
- Playgrounds are open.
You can make a reservation for a campsite online at https://vtstateparks-visit.com/, by calling the Reservation Call Center at 1-888-409-7579 or by calling the campsite directly.
If you like to plan (way) ahead, you can make a reservation up to 11 months in advance. If you’re a last-minute kind of traveler, you can camp at any campground without a reservation, space permitting. “Most parks, even in summer, will have at least a few sites available, especially mid-week,” the website states, so you may get lucky.
For more information about available campgrounds and what they have to offer, click here.
COVID guidelines in state parks
Guidance is subject to change as the state moves through its reopening plan, but here are some of the requirements as of April 15:
Masks are required when interacting with other visitors or staff outside your immediate household — for now. The Vermont Forward plan estimates the statewide mask mandate could end by July 4. Currently, campers will have to wear a mask in bathhouses, at contact stations, or “generally anytime you are with people outside your immediate household on your campsite,” according to the state Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation.
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The department is also asking visitors to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from anyone outside of your household, including staff. You should reschedule your visit if you’re feeling ill. “Visitors are strongly advised to assume responsibility for protecting themselves from transmission via touch points, including packing and making regular use of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes,” the website states.
Visitors can find the full guidance, which may be updated, at this link.
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