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Camel's Hump State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Camel's Hump State Park
Description - Over 23,000 acres comprise Camel's Hump State Park and today more than 5,000 acres of undisturbed alpine boreal forest of fir, spruce and paper birch are preserved. The beautiful park is known for its rocky ledges, numerous streams and lovely sugar maples. The park is enjoyed by hikers, picnickers, anglers and winter sport enthusiasts.

Attractions - In the northern half of Vermont's Green Mountains, Camel's Hump is easily recognized by its unique double-humped profile.

Waubanaukee Indians first named it "Tah-wak-be-dee-ee-wadso" or Saddle Mountain. Samuel de Champlain's explorers in the 1600's called it "lion couchant" or resting lion. The name "Camel's Rump" was used on a historical map by Ira Allen in 1798, and this became "Camel's Hump" in 1830.

The Park came about as an original gift of 1000 acres including the summit from Colonel Joseph Battell, who originally bought Camel's Hump to preserve the wooded mountainous view from his home. In 1911, care of the mountain was entrusted to the State Forester who managed with the aim to keep it in a primitive state according to Battell's wish.

The State of Vermont eventually adopted a policy of development regulation on all state forest lands to preserve aesthetic values. It fought proposed intrusions by communications towers and ski resorts until the summit's Natural Area was set aside; then special legislation was passed in 1969 to create a Forest Reserve whose state-owned acres (about 20,000 by 1991) form Camel's Hump State Park.

Recreation - Camel's Hump State Park is known for its spectacular scenery, lush boreal forest, rambling streams, abundant wildlife and numerous hiking and fishing opportunities. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are also enjoyed.

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 - The park is located in between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains National Forest in the mid-sect ion of Vermont. There are several access points to the park. Travel Interstate 89 between Richmond and Waterbury.


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Camel's Hump State Park, c/o VT Dept of Forests, Parks & Recreation, 103 South Main Street , Waterbury, VT, 05671-0601, Phone: 802-241-3655

Additional Information:
Camel's Hump State Forest - Offering over 2,300 acres of land, Camel's Hump State Forest is well-known for its distinctive rocky summits. Fragile area alpine vegetation became protected by the Forest Reserve back in 1969.
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.
The Long Trail - The Long Trail travels north-south 265 miles from the Massachusetts state line up along the main ridge of the Green Mountains to the Canadian border. Some of New England's finest scenery may be viewed while hiking this path.
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.
Waterbury Center State Park - Waterbury Center State Park lies on the easterly trivium of Waterbury Reservoir, a quarter mile off SR 100. It is an integral recreation resource in Central Vermont and one of the newer park facilities within Mount Mansfield State Forest.

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