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Molly Stark State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Molly Stark State Park
Description - Molly Stark State Park is named for the wife of a Revolutionary War General, John Stark. This lovely 168-acre park offers access to Mt. Olga Trail which is a loop trails leading to the 2,145 foot summit. The park also offers camping, hunting, picnicking and a playground.

Attractions - Molly Stark State Park is named after the famous wife of General John Stark of the Revolutionary War. The park is located along the "Molly Stark Trail," Route 9, which bisects southern Vermont.
Originally, the first settlers used the area for farming. During the 1930's the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built fireplaces and a restroom building, but there is no evidence that this area was used by the public for camping even though local people may have used the land for picnics.

The area was designated and opened as Molly Stark State Park on July 2, 1960. The park has open lawn areas, woods and Mt. Olga rising to the east where there is an old fire tower with spectacular views. The area is very popular during the fall foliage season for its colors and also because it is located on one of the more popular travel routes.

Recreation - Molly Stark State Park offers access to several area trails including the well-known Mt. Olga Trail which offers panoramic views from a fire tower. A 34-site campground is offered in addition to a play area, picnic grove and hunting grounds. This area is a popular fall foliage destination. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (above 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Places in History Travel Region has an average precipitation of more than 44 inches (more than 112 centimeters). However, along the eastern boundary of this region, precipitation drops between 36 and 40 inches (91 to 102 centimeters).

Location - From Brattleboro travel to Exit 2 along Interstate 91. Travel 15 miles west on SR 9 to reach the park entrance.


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Filed By: vicky wilcox (whitehouse station, NJ)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautifully maintained park with a great view. Rangers are very friendly and helpful. About a 2 hour hike up & down.


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Contact Information:
Molly Stark State Park, 705 Route 9 East , Wilmington, VT, 05363, Phone: 802-464-5460

Additional Information:
Southern Vermont - Southern Vermont is also known as the Places in History Travel Region due to the historical significance prior to the Revolutionary War and beyond. The 20th century presented the famed artist Norman Rockwell and the city of Brattleboro boasts as the location where Rudyard Kipling produced his finest writings. Beautiful roadways lend themselves to the discovery of nearly a dozen covered bridges, many of which reside on the National Register of Historic Places.
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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