LUDLOW, Vt. — Far more popular during the summer months, when families can stay overnight in affordable cabins along the shores of Echo Lake, Camp Plymouth State Park is worthy of a visit any time of the year. Only a few miles from the homestead of President Coolidge in Plymouth, the former Boy Scout camp offers a bevy of activity in the winter months. When I popped in recently, I saw cross-country skiers gliding over an open field near the lake, snowshoers climbing up the 1-mile (round-trip) Vista Trail, and winter hikers taking their dogs for a stroll. A relatively level trail leads into the piney interior along a rushing stream. At several spots, the brook is iced over. Carefully walk across the ice to continue on the trail. On the return trip, take the Vista Trail a short trip up the hillside for great views of Echo Lake. Then scramble down to a small cemetery, where tombstones date to the Civil War era. From here, it’s an easy walk to the road and your car.
Heading north on Route 100, turn right onto Plymouth Tyson Road at the Echo Lake Inn intersection. Follow one mile to Boy Scout Camp Road and turn left to reach Camp Plymouth State Park. Park is on the side of the road in winter. www.vtstateparks.com/htm/plymouth.htm