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Smugglers Notch State Park Campground

6443 Mountain Rd., Cambridge, Vermont 05464 USA

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“A Park in the Green Mountains!”

Welcome to Smugglers’ Notch State Park. The famous Smugglers’ Notch is a narrow pass through the Green Mountains. Lined with 1,000-foot cliffs, the winding road is closed in winter. In the earlier days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed here. In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson passed an embargo act forbidding American trade with Great Britain and Canada. This was a severe hardship for northern Vermonters, since Montreal was closer than other markets in the US. Many local people continued illegal trade with Canada, herding cattle and carrying other goods through the Notch. Later, fugitive slaves used the Notch as an escape route to Canada. During the Prohibition years, liquor was smuggled from Canada over the improved road built in 1922. Smugglers’ Notch State Park was relocated in 2003. The new campground features sites that are further spread out, a new restroom facility that incorporates alternative energy and a location that gives easy access to Bingham Falls. All of the historic structures originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps were carefully relocated and restored, preserving the work of these pioneering conservationists.

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Lesli Peterson

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June 24, 2023
Rated 5.0

This appropriately named state park is home to Smugglers’ Notch, which is nestled between 1,000 foot cliffs in the Green Mountains. The park offers great hiking trails and camping sites (with modern facilities, no less!) for nature lovers to enjoy. It is important to note that most sites are only accessible by foot, so this may not be the spot for RV campers.

The park’s season typically runs from mid- to late-May through mid-October, before winter takes hold of the park and it closes for the cold weather season.

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Smugglers Notch State Park Campground

6443 Mountain Rd.
Cambridge, Vermont
05464 USA
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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Sites
  • Laundry
  • Propane
  • Showers
  • Big Rigs
  • Boondock
  • Firewood
  • Cabin Sites
  • Full Hookup
  • Paved Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Mobile Homes
  • Public Water
  • Pull Through
  • Reservations
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Water Hookup
  • Potable Water
  • Age Restricted
  • Rec Facilities
  • Dispersed Sites
  • Open Seasonally
  • Permit Required
  • Back In RV Sites
  • Group Tent Sites
  • Fulltime Residents
  • Pull Through RV Sites
  • Vehicle Wash Permitted
  • Outdoor Seating
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