- PO Box 45, Jamaica, VT 05343, USA
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.
Camping Season: April 22 to October 15
- swimming pool
- lp gas
- modem connection
- sewer hookups
- other swimming
- cable tv
- dump station
- recreation hall
- group area
- phone hookups
From Jamaica: Go 1/2 m E on Depot St.
Monday 12/05/2016 10%
Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the upper 20s.
Tuesday 12/06/2016 10%
Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon. High around 40F. Winds light and variable.
Wednesday 12/07/2016 50%
Mainly cloudy with snow showers around in the morning. High around 40F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 50%.
Thursday 12/08/2016 20%
Cloudy skies. High 36F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 12/09/2016 20%
Cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 28F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
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