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Branbury State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Branbury State Park
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.

Attractions - 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.

Location - From Middlebury travel 7 miles south on US 7. Then travel 4 miles south on SR 53.


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Filed By: Bob Cassidy (Delmar (Albany), NY)
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Report: Although I haven't been there in years, it was always one of my favorite places growing up! Lake Dunmore is a beautiful lake, and the hiking is wonderful! While there, take route 7 north to rt. 125 east, and find the Waybury Inn about a mile or so down the road(made famous by the Newhart Show). An excellent Inn, with great food and accomodations (I used to live next door, so I know about the food!) A really quick drive from the Albany area. And Lake Dunmore (and the Otter Creek, across from the Wayburry Inn, have excellent fishing!


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Contact Information:
Branbury State Park, 3570 Lake Dunmore Road, Rte. 53 , Salisbury, VT, 05733, Phone: 802-247-5925

Additional Information:
Central Vermont - Central Vermont is characterized by beautiful rolling green mountains, crystal clear lakes and rushing streams. Historical sites, museums, ski resorts, challenging multi-use trails, golf courses and more may be found in this picturesque New England region.
Vermont Lakes and Reservoirs - On the western side of Vermont, Samuel De Champlain paddled down the huge 435 square mile lake in 1609. Today that lake bears his name, Lake Champlain, and is known as America's "Sixth Great Lake." On the eastern side of the state, the longest river in New England creates the border. In addition, over 808 lakes and ponds and over 7,000 miles of rivers and streams grace the entire landscape.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.

Links:
Vermont State Parks - Official Agency Website

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