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Jamaica State Park

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Jamaica State Park, now comprising 772 acres, was completed and opened to the public in 1969.

Previously, the area had supported a few small farms and a sawmill. The West River Railroad ran through the park. The old railroad bed is now used as the trail that leads along the West River to Ball Mountain Dam. The railroad operated from about 1879 until 1927, when a flood wiped most of it out.

The area at Salmon Hole, now used as the swimming area, was the site of a famous Indian Massacre in 1748.

Jamaica State Park is located on a bend of the West River about one-half mile from the center of the town of Jamaica. Nearby to the north is Ball Mountain. Hamilton Falls is located about one mile up Cobb Brook, which enters the West River upstream from the park. The West River has a very large drainage area extending from Weston and the south side of Terrible Mountain to Windham on the east and Bromley on the west.

Every spring and fall, on one weekend in late April and late September, there is a water release on the West River from Ball Mountain Dam. This is a semiannual event for many kayakers and canoeists from all over New England.

The West River is also a favorite spot for many fishermen. The combination of deep slow running water and shallow fast ripples makes for some fine fishing.

There are 43 tent/trailer sites and 18 lean-to sites that are spread out through the campground. Two rest rooms, complete with hot showers ($), are located in the campground. A picnic shelter and nature center is located near the picnic area and swimming hole. A hiking trail follows the West River and branches off toward Hamilton Falls.

Area Attractions: Hamilton Falls, Hildene – Robert Todd Lincoln’s home, Manchester. A theater and shops, Weston; Art Center, Manchester; Alpine Slide, Bromley; Townshend Dam Recreation Area.



Email: parks@anr.state.vt.us

Phone: 802-874-4600

Camping Season: April 22 to October 15


Amenities

  • tenting
  • store
  • swimming pool
  • fishing
  • lp gas
  • modem connection
  • pullthrus
  • sewer hookups
  • laundry
  • other swimming
  • rentals
  • pets
  • cable tv
  • lodging
  • dump station
  • recreation hall
  • boating
  • group area
  • phone hookups
  • slideouts
  • wi-fi

Directions

From Jamaica: Go 1/2 m E on Depot St.



Weather

Snow
Saturday 03/25/2017 90%
Snow
Periods of rain and snow. High around 40F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Chance of Rain
Sunday 03/26/2017 40%
Chance of Rain
Areas of freezing rain possible early. Partly cloudy in the morning. Increasing clouds with periods of showers later in the day. High 41F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Rain
Monday 03/27/2017 100%
Rain
Rain likely. High 42F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Chance of Rain
Tuesday 03/28/2017 40%
Chance of Rain
Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High near 55F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 03/29/2017 20%
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 48F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.


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