Family Fun at Hapgood Pond
One of the first National Forest Service Campgrounds we discovered when we started traveling was in the Green Mountain National Forest in southern Vermont. Hapgood Pond features a small camping loop, with picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets, as well as a day-use area with a swimming beach, flush toilets, and showers. There is also a one-mile nature trail. The first 8 campsites are first-come, first-served, and we have always been able to get one of these spots, saving us the time, trouble, and extra expense of reserving a site ahead of time. If you’re the sort of traveler who likes having reservations, then you can reserve sites 9-28 on recreation.gov.
This year we were a little disappointed when we arrived and found the camping fee had increased to $20 per night. We still camped there, and plan to in the future, because we find it to be a good value even at the increased rate. The older children enjoy fishing in the pond, and we all have a lot of fun at the swimming area!
Things to Do Nearby
The nearby town of Manchester has outlet stores, a charming new-and-used bookshop, and a park with a variety of playground equipment and fitness stations. We can get a workout in using the walking path and the various stations found along it, such as pull-up bars, while being able to see our children on the playground. There is a grocery store in Manchester as well, but we prefer driving further into Bennington to go to Aldi (and grab an iced coffee at Cumby’s) There are multiple places to get ice cream, including Stewart’s and a Ben & Jerry’s stand. If you stop in at the Ranger Station, you can pick up lots of information about local hiking trails and other outdoor recreation as well.