Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests
Grout Pond is a popular destination for camping, hiking, paddling, and fishing. Located in a beautiful mixed conifer and hardwood forest, the campground has 12 reservable sites and offers easy access to over 10 miles of mulituse trails.
The campground offers 12 overnight sites available for reservation. Nine of these sites are tent sites accessed by hiking in from the main parking area. Hike-in distances vary from a quarter to three-quarters of a mile. Three campsites are drive-in sites that accomodate small RVs. The campground also offers two drive-in sites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved.
All campsites are outfitted with fire rings and several have picnic tables. Hike-in sites have tent pads; please use the tent pads in order to minimize camping impacts. Vault toilets are located off the main parking area and near the old cabin building. Potable water is available from an old-fashioned hand pump in the day use area near the pond.
The Green Mountain National Forest has begun implementation of planned improvements to the Grout Pond Campground! Campsites were hardened and new picnic tables were installed in 2022! A new moldering privy was constructed near campsite #10 and Vermont Huts Association completed construction of a hut off from Camp Loop. Plans for 2023 include reinstallation of fire rings at the walk-in sites, construction of an additional moldering privy near campsites 5, 6 & 8, road work on the access spur to campsite #17, replacing the current single vault toilets with double units. Campsites will be open on a first-come, first-serve basis until the fee season begins May 11 when drinking water will be available. Some select campsites are available to reserve from May 11- September 2.
There are no electricity/water/sewer hookups at this campground.
Grout Pond is 84 acres and 28 feet deep. The water can be chilly but refreshing on a hot summer day. The campground is located along the pond and is shaded by red maple, yellow birch and red spruce. Fall foliage viewing in the autumn months is excellent.
Nearby attractions include hiking trails accessible from the site and paddling on the pond. The campground is also in close proximity to Appalachian/Long Trail trailheads off Kelly Stand Road and Stratton Mountain Resort and Village.
Grout Pond offers a variety of recreation opportunities year-round. In the warmer months, fishing and non-motorized boating is popular on the pond. A 200-foot carry-in boat launch is accessible from an unloading pull-out just before the parking lot.
Please help prevent the spread of non-native invasive species, such as Eurasian watermilfoil, by cleaning and drying your boat between each use.
Hiking is another popular activity at Grout Pond. Over 10 miles of relatively flat trails are accessible from the campground. These trails connect with a more extensive system off National Forest lands around Somerset Reservoir to the south. Trails that are marked with blue diamond blazes are designed for cross-country skiing and can be very wet and muddy in the spring, summer, and even fall.
2538 Depot Street Manchester Center VT 05255
For campground inquiries, please call: 802-362-2307
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From Route 7 in Arlington, take the Arlington exit and turn west on Route 313 at the end of the exit ramp. Take the first right onto South Road and follow to the end. Turn right onto Kansas Road and follow it over Route 7 and over a two-lane bridge. After the bridge turn right and travel east on the Kelley Stand Road (Stratton-Arlington Road) for about 10.32 mils. Turn right onto Forest Road 262 and follow in to the end.
From Route 100 in West Wardsboro, travel west on the Kelley Stand Road (Stratton-Arlington Road) for about 6.0 miles. Turn left onto Forest Rooad 262 and follow it to the end.