Ricker Pond State Park



18 Ricker Pond Camp Ground Road, Groton, VT 05046 Visit Website | 802-584-3821


Cost: Day use entrance fee, camping fees vary Parking: Yes

Ricker Pond State Park is located on the western shores of Ricker Pond and adjacent to the Montpelier-Wells Rail Trail (Cross Vermont Trail) in the Groton Forest. Groton State Forest, with over 26,000 acres, is the second largest landholding administered by the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. It contains over 17 miles of hiking trails and over 20 miles of gravel roads and multi-use trails suitable for mountain biking and horseback riding.

Park Amenities:

  • 27 tent/trailer sites
  • 23 lean-tos
  • 5 cabins
  • a waterfront rental cottage that comfortably sleeps up to 5 and comes with a canoe
  • Two of the three rest rooms include hot showers ($)
  • A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups.
  • There is a swimming beach, boat launch, shelter, and access to miles of hiking trails.


  • Memorial Day Weekend – Columbus Day Weekend
  • Open for day use: 10:00am – 9:00pm or official sunset 



From Groton: Go 2 mi. W on U.S. 302, then 2-1/2 mi. NW on VT 232.


3 reviews
  • February 10, 2021
    "Had such a great time camping at Ricker Pond. We loved the campsites. The park staff did a great job making our stay enjoyable. The beach was nice and quiet, but a short drive to Boulder Beach. Would definitely recommend this campground to anyone! "
    - Stoddala
  • August 22, 2013
    "Ricker is one of our favorite places to camp. The pond more like a lake is beautiful with several loons active during the day and night. Most of the camp sites are very private and well wooded. We like to stay in the cabins, which are perfect for our young guys. Ricker has as small beach, but I would highly recommend the 510 minute drive to Boulder Beach instead."
    - djmellin
  • April 29, 2011
    "My family of five had so much fun at this park. There are comfortable leanto's placed right along the beautiful pond, and cabins for those less interested in that much exposure. The sites had plenty of room to use the leanto and also set up a tent a large one, and there was plenty of birch bark to scavenge for a fun activity for the kids to start the fire for warming up. We were there at the end of the season when things are a bit on the cooler side, and it was still glorious. Not very many bugs and critters to contend with we were all comfortable. There is a great little beach for little ones, and we rented canoes at the ranger station for a reasonable price and had priceless memories. Very nice snowmobile trailrunningwalkingbiking trail access right at the park as well, for a more extended outing away from the campsite. We're going back, and this time, scouted out the leanto space we want that was placed even better than ours!"
    - twincoastlove

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