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Branbury State Park
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3570 Lake Dunmore Rd
Brandon, Vermont   05733-8301
(lat:43.9061 lon:-73.0668) map location

Phone: (802) 247-5925
Reservations: 888-409-7579
Branbury is located on the eastern shore of Lake Dunmore at the base of Mt. Moosalamoo. The Green Mountain National Forest is its neighbor to the east. Historically, the 69-acre park operated as a farm at the turn of the century, then a guest house, summer boy's camp and private beach and picnic area. In 1945, it became Branbury (Brandon-Salisbury) State Park.

The park is divided by Route 53. Twenty-two tent sites and 6 lean-to sites are on one side of the highway in a heavily wooded area, and 17 tent sites are located along the perimeter of a grassy open area near the beach. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. The 1000 foot natural sandy beach, clean, clear Lake Dunmore, and the large open grassy areas make the area very popular for swimming, sunning, or picnicking. Hiking trails to scenic vistas, waterfalls, caves, mountain lakes and streams, as well as an interpretive nature trail, provide outstanding hiking opportunities. There is fishing and boating (rowboats, canoes, paddle boat rentals) on Lake Dunmore.
1. Branbury State Park offers a 1000-foot natural sandy beach for swimming.
2. The park's Lake Dunmore is ideal for open water swimmers and families alike.
3. Lifeguards are on duty during peak summer months ensuring safety while swimming.
4. Swimming lessons are available through the Vermont Department of Parks' "Swim Smart" program at this location.
5. Canoes, kayaks, paddleboards can be rented to enjoy beyond the designated swim area in Lake Dunmore.
6. The lake's clear waters offer visibility making it suitable even for novice swimmers or children under supervision.
7. Picnic areas near the beach provide an opportunity to relax post-swimming activities.
You can enjoy fishing on Lake Dunmore, home to species like smallmouth bass, yellow perch and northern pike. The Neshobe River also offers trout fishing opportunities.

1. Branbury State Park offers numerous picnic areas with tables and grills.
2. There's a large group pavilion available for rent.
3. Picnic near the beautiful Lake Dunmore or by hiking trails.
4. Enjoy picnicking while bird-watching, as park is home to various species.
5. Pets are allowed in designated picnic spots only.

Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy the park's multi-use trails, suitable for all skill levels. Helmets are strongly recommended.

The Green Mountain National Forest nearby offers challenging mountain biking routes; caution is advised due to steep terrain.

For a leisurely ride, consider cycling along Lake Dunmore's scenic shoreline but be mindful of pedestrians and wildlife.

While exploring on two wheels, remember that some areas may have restrictions or require permits - always check signage first.

During peak season it might get crowded so early morning rides could provide less traffic and cooler temperatures.

Remember: safety should come first when bicycling in natural environments with unpredictable weather conditions and varied terrains.

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