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Camping on the Battenkill

Area Attractions

  • Battenkill River

    Experience this freestone stream that rising out of many springs in marble bedrock, it stays cold all summer long and is famous for its good midsummer fishing. This freshing crisp clear river originates in Vermont and flows 59.4 miles westward till it connects to the Hudson River in New York. The name “Batten” comes from the Dutch meaning luxurious living or rich living and “kill” meaning river/creek. When calling it the Battenkill River it sound like you are saying river twice, around here it is just know as the Battenkill. The Native American name for the river is either Dionoondehowee or Ondawa. Its fame comes from elusive brown trout and brook trout, over the last 20 years it has been discovered by people who like tubing, canoeing and kayaking. The hope is that those who share the natural wonders of the Battenkill are good steward respecting all who live, work and play within its borders.

  • Arlington

    Arlington lies in the valley between the Taconic Range to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. In 1777, Arlington became the first capital of the Vermont Republic until 1805 when it moved to Montpelier. The Battenkill River, famous for trout fishing and one of the most photographed covered bridges, flows through the center of town. Arlington has always been alive with historical and artistic figures. Before and during the Revolutionary War many Green Mountain Boys were landowners and their leader Ethan Allen had a cousin who was a prominent resident. Author Dorothy Canfield Fisher married John Fisher in 1909 and moved to Arlington where she wrote many novels and short stories. American painter, illustrator and writer, Rockwell Kent lived and worked in Arlington from 1919 -1925. Kent convinced his friend, Carl Ruggles, a composer and painter to move to Arlington in the mid-1920. The most notable resident was Norman Rockwell who illustrated covers for the Saturday Evening Post for more than four decades. He moved to Arlington in 1939 and used many of his neighbors in his illustrations, most notably his series the Four Freedoms. Arlington is the perfect place to experience Vermont’s history, to travel the byways and highways to discover what makes Vermont a special place.

  • Bennington, VT

    Visit nearby Bennington, home of the Bennington Museum, the Bennington Battle Monument, the Vermont Covered Bridge Museum, the historic Hildene estate and more.
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  • Covered Bridges

    There is no better place than Vermont’s Bennington County to see covered bridges. Take a driving tour through Bennington and Arlington to see five covered bridges in close proximity. Click the link for driving directions, as well as information and photographs of the five covered bridges.
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  • Golf

    Nearby par 3 golf course at Arlington Recreation Park, as well as full size golf courses in Manchester and Bennington. Stratton Mountain has summer golf as well.

  • Hiking

    Vermont isn't called the Green Mountain State for nothing. It has hiking for people of all abilities and aspirations in its State Parks and State and National Forests. Beginners can start with some short hikes in some State Parks like Lake Elmore, Coolidge State Park, Mt Philo (which also has a road to the top). In the middle you can do hikes in the Breadloaf area near Middlebury or day hikes off of the Long Trail or in the Hunger Mountain Range to name a few.
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  • Road & Mountain Biking

    Whether you prefer skinny or fat tires, Vermont is a great place to ride. Explore Vermont’s gravel roads and old logging trails. Take a tour of Vermont villages on a network of lightly-trafficked back roads. If you prefer mountain biking you’ll find endless singletrack, or try your downhill skills at one of Vermont’s four season ski resorts.
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  • Hildene

    His father was born in a log cabin and called from the humblest rank in life to preside over our nation during the most momentous period of its history. One generation later, Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood, built this Georgian Revival mansion in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester. It became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975.
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  • Robert Frost Stone House Museum

    The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is a literary landmark, only minutes away from Frost's gravesite in Bennington. It was opened in 2002 to honor America's favorite poet. Frost lived in the Stone House in South Shaftsbury, Vermont from 1920 to 1929. Here, Frost composed many of the pieces that became part of New Hampshire, his first Pulitzer Prize winning volume that included “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
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  • Manchester, VT

    Part classic New England village, part sophisticated destination, Manchester is unique to Vermont and to designer outlet shopping. Within a town filled with alluring inns, restaurants, attractions and diversions, Manchester Designer Outlets brings together a well-curated mix of designer outlets and specialty stores that provide an unexpected dose of retail therapy in a setting that invites exploration.
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  • Bromley Mountain Adventure Park

    Take a ride on one of the longest alpine slides in the world at Bromley Mountain Adventure Park. There is also mini golf, trampolines, slides, zip lines, a climbing wall and a giant swing. Or take a leisurely ride up one of Bromley’s chairlifts and enjoy the view from the south-facing slopes.
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  • Stratton Mountain

    The top of the mountain is only a leisurely ride away. The Stratton Gondola will take you to the top of southern Vermont's highest peak for a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. Bask in the glory of the mountains during the changing seasons from the summit of southern Vermont's highest peak.
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  • Lake Shaftsbury State Park

    Lake Shaftsbury State Park is on an 84-acre parcel surrounding the small but picturesque Lake Shaftsbury. The area operated as a private campground/cabin resort before it became a state park in 1974. It has become a popular park facility in southwestern Vermont. There is also a developed beach, play area, and picnic area. The snack bar concession has rental canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and pedal boats. The “Healing Springs Nature Trail” around the lake is also a popular spot.
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