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Old 09-05-2021, 01:00 PM   #1
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Moosalamoo National Recreation Area Vermont

We stayed August 29 through September 3 2021.

*** CLOSED September 7-21 for maintenance/rebuilding) ***

We had a completely wonderful camping experience here.

The camp host Plyler was all full of great information about the site, bears, camping, hiking and seeing the sites. He did a wonderful job keeping everything filled and clean.

It was probably 30% full on Sunday growing to about 70% full on Thursday and we checked-out (2:00 checkout time!!!) on Friday morning before the Labor day crush.

Completely silent in the evenings and at night. Oh my gosh the STARS!!! There's a bicycle pump track in the middle of the campground which means steep grassy hills where you can toss a blanket and watch satellites, meteors and the milky way.

There are tons of things to do in this part of the Green Mountains:
- Branbury state park on Lake Dunmore. Huge beach and grassy play area with bathrooms and changing stations. US$4 per person to visit.
- USFS Silver Lake Campground. Park and walk down to the lakeside campsites.
- Robert Frost Interpretive Trail. Hiking and see Robert Frosts' summer house and cottage.
- Texas Falls. SPECTACULAR falls. Park just over the bridge above the falls and there are two picnic tables and you can walk down to the river and eat lunch on a rock with your toes in the freezing cold water.
- Goshen Blueberry Management Area. Again, hiking and in the summer acres of blueberry picking.

Campsite website is at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gmfl...64907&actid=29

US$15 per night.
Reservation site is at: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/256347

Water is supplied by a hand-pump well, so we used a 17 liter plastic jug to refill our fresh water tank.

No running water or hot water is available. Wash your dishes at your site and dump the water nearby.

All sites are shady and well separated from other sites.

Vault (pit) toilets. If you don't know what these are, count yourself lucky. You need to be prepared for terrible fumes if the campsite is full and active. If you've got a fear of flies you'll be going 10 miles into town to do your business.

We will certainly be back here again and again.
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Branbury state park on Lake Dunmore.

Branbury state park on Lake Dunmore.
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Some of the sites.

Some of the sites.
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Texas Falls
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Robert Frost interpretive trail
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Voter brook overlook right near the campsite.
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Blueberry management area.
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Random hiking photos.
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Campsite/cooking.
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Was there last June and many times before that. Yes, very nice NFS campground. The forest service manages all the GMNF camp grounds so the prices are lower. The host is very friendly, living in a Casita. There is a reservoir just to the south thats fun to paddle and the Long Trail is not far away. Hapgood down near Peru, Vt is another good one.
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"There's a bicycle pump track in the middle of the campground "

What IS a "bicycle pump track"?????
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What IS a "bicycle pump track"?????
You can look it up on the WorldWideWeb and real all about them. Videos, Podcasts, images, maps and all sorts of other interesting information is available.
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Hapgood down near Peru, Vt is another good one.
Thanks for that, I'll put it on the list for this fall since they are open until October 11 (it seems campgrounds in New England close much earlier than the ones I'm used to in Minnesota for some reason.)
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thanks for the tips and pix, looks good, thanks for sharing
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Thanks for that, I'll put it on the list for this fall since they are open until October 11 (it seems campgrounds in New England close much earlier than the ones I'm used to in Minnesota for some reason.)
In Vermont, some state parks close after Labor day. The state will fill with leaf peepers, hotels and motels full, and some state parks are closed. I'm not sure why? Every thing else is closed by the end of Columbus day weekend. While I suspect it has to do with money, typically hunting season starts about that time as well.

In New Hampshire the White Mountain National Forest keeps one campground open through the winter. Recently it's been Hancock just east of Lincoln, NH. Bring your woolies!
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Here's a link to our very first Scamp trip.

St Croix State Park, MN December 26 2011:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/grFmg1T9oL1s6FTB6

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_pa...ix/dialup.html

It was awesome!
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Thanks for posting and for all the great pictures.

Should anyone be interested, the firepit shown in the second photo of the first post is manufactured by https://www.jamestownadvanced.com/t/...fire-view-ring I first came across this model several years ago while camping in Nantahala NF here in NC and was able to purchase one directly from the vendor. It works well as both a fire pit and grill and has been a quality addition to our patio.

Also kudos for the Coleman stove and pancakes.
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Thanks for posting and for all the great pictures.

Should anyone be interested, the firepit shown in the second photo of the first post is manufactured by https://www.jamestownadvanced.com/t/...fire-view-ring I first came across this model several years ago while camping in Nantahala NF here in NC and was able to purchase one directly from the vendor. It works well as both a fire pit and grill and has been a quality addition to our patio.

Also kudos for the Coleman stove and pancakes.
I bet they work well IF they were installed properly.
Although it's possible these were installed so high because they are ADA compliant?
I hope this is not the future of fire rings because it really makes it impossible to grill properly. (Which we do almost every night!)

The solid part should be completely underground so only the perforated part is above ground.

As they are installed here barely into the soil, the nonadjustable grill grate is much too far away from the fire coals to properly grill.

I has to use our portable grate inside the fire ring to be able to grill nicely and that was a disappointment since these grates are so well manufactured.

I would love to use one of these if it's installed properly. They are super sturdy and well constructed. The grate swings nicely in and out of the pit and the hand-hold doesn't get too hot.
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I bet they work well IF they were installed properly.
Although it's possible these were installed so high because they are ADA compliant?
I hope this is not the future of fire rings because it really makes it impossible to grill properly. (Which we do almost every night!)

The solid part should be completely underground so only the perforated part is above ground.

As they are installed here barely into the soil, the nonadjustable grill grate is much too far away from the fire coals to properly grill.

I has to use our portable grate inside the fire ring to be able to grill nicely and that was a disappointment since these grates are so well manufactured.

I would love to use one of these if it's installed properly. They are super sturdy and well constructed. The grate swings nicely in and out of the pit and the hand-hold doesn't get too hot.
You could well be correct about the ADA compliance. I pulled two steel rims off the wheels of an old mule drawn wagon Id driven as a kid, stacked them one over the other, set the fire pit/grill in the middle and back filled it with river rock. The lower edge of the perforated section is just about even with the stone. I also wish there were some way to make vertical adjustments and use the grate from an old charcoal grill over a couple of pieces of railroad track to get my coals higher when cooking.
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