Description - Located in the Heart of Vermont, Branbury State Park offers overnight facilities in two locations, tucked in a wooded environment and along the shores of Lake Dunmore. There is a lovely large swimming beach with concession, picnic area and even a basketball court. Adjacent to the beach is a shallow water boat launch. Overnight accommodations include campsites, lean-tos and the Moosalamoo Cottage.
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Branbury State Park
- Branbury State Park is a beautiful park nestled between Green Mountain National Forest on the east and Lake Dunmore on the west. The park rests at the foothills of Mt. Moosalamoo, 2,620' elevation. The popular Silver Lake Trail is accessible nearby. The 64-acre park offers day and overnight amenities in a scenic wooded environment. Wildlife abounds in this region of the state including numerous large and small animals ranging from moose to bobcat and from bear to weasel. Many birds of prey ride the thermals of the Green Mountains including the reestablished peregrine falcons. Game fish are abundant in the 985-acre Lake Dunmore including rainbow trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow smelt, yellow perch, northern pike, largemouth bass, bullhead and panfish.
Recreation - Branbury State Park offers 64 acres at the foothills of Mt. Moosalamoo along the northeastern shore of Lake Dunmore offering overnight and day use amenities. Large parking lots accommodate the many swimmers that flock to the lovely beach, concession, picnic and basketball area. Campsites and lean-tos are located on both sides of SR 53. The fully furnished Moosalamoo Cottage is also available from mid-May to mid-October offering a kitchen, living area, two bedrooms, bath and screen porch. A nature trail and easy access to other area trails are offered. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.
Nearby attractions include Salisbury Fish Hatchery (3 miles), Morgan Horse Farm and Craft Center, Middlebury; Lake Champlain Ferries, Shelburne Museum, Burlington; Wilson Castle and Vermont Marble Exhibit, Proctor; and Maple Sugar Museum, Pittsford.
Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 and 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Heart of Vermont Travel Region has diverse precipitation totals ranging from 40 to 44 inches (102 and 112 centimeters) in the center area of the region decreasing to less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the state lines of New York and New Hampshire.
From Middlebury travel 7 miles south on US 7. Then travel 4 miles south on SR 53.