Vermont’s most recognizable peak due to its distinctive profile is considered Camel’s Hump. The states third highest mountain peak is part of Green Mountain range with the states highest peak Mt. Mansfield at 4393’ to its north.
Camel's Hump State Park is in Waitsfield of northwestern Vermont, its name derived from 4,083’ elevation Camel’s Hump. The mountains unique double humped profile sets it apart from other peaks. Native Americans called the mountain ‘Tah-wak-be-dee-ee-wadso’ which translates meaning ‘the mountain like a seat.’
Camel's Hump State Park’s 20,000-acre ecological sanctuary is a multiuse area with farming, seasonal/permanent homes and the remainder a timber management/wildlife area. It preserves rare plants, wildlife and wilderness habitat between 2500’ and the summit, with Gleason Brook drainage down to 900’ elevation. Fragile vegetation includes Crowberry, Labrador tea and Mountain Cranberry.
Camel's Hump State Park is 39 miles southeast of Burlington VT, 56 miles southwest of St. Johnsbury, 197 miles northwest of Boston MA, 333 miles north of New York City.
Scenic hiking trails lead to the summit. Beane Trail is an easy 1.5 miles. Moderate trails include 1-mile Dean Trail, 2.2 mile Forest City Trail, a short 0.3 mile Allis Trail. Moderately difficult trails include 3.1-mile Monroe Trail and 1.7-mile Alpine Trail. Camels Hump View Trail is a universally accessible 0.8 trail. The Long Trail traverses through the park on its journey across the length of the state.
Primitive camping is permitted at lower elevations only away from trails, water and roads. Overnight camping is available in Green Mountain Club shelters and lodges and Hump Brook Tenting Area. Camping facilities are nearby at Little River State Park.
Little River State Park within Mt. Mansfield State Forest is a one of the most popular parks in the center of the state. The campground has 81 tent/trailer sites, 20 lean to-s and 5 cabins. There are typical camping amenities with four restrooms, and hot showers. The campground has play areas, swimming beaches, fishing, boat launch and boat rentals.
Waitsfield VT is a town of 1,719 population in the Mad River Valley between Green Mountain range and Northfield Mountains to the east. The towns economy is dependent on two nearby ski resorts and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. One of the states important assets can be found in nearby Waterbury at Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. Come and try their latest flavor or yours.
Waitsfield VT is a 6 hour drive of 318 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 east to Albany the US 87 north to Plattsburg and the ferry across Lake Champlain to Burlington VT. Drive southeast on US 89 following signs to Camel's Hump State Park.
Here’s what one visitor shared of their experience.
“Enjoy 360 views on a clear day...!!! My favorite mountain in Vermont :)”