When we go camping, we want to get away from the hectic routine of everyday life and truly enjoy nature. We have been to numerous campgrounds, and Coolidge is probably our favorite. The campsites are great and we haven’t had issues like we have at other campgrounds of being too busy, loud, cramped or crowded. Coolidge has an interesting history and is a great place to escape to.
Calvin Coolidge State Park is located in Plymouth, VT, not far from Ludlow. There are some great hiking trails and a small playground, but not a lot of other amenities – when we go to this campground, we enjoy the quiet (and travel outside the park for those other activities).
There are two types of campsites at Coolidge – tent sites and lean-tos. While we like both kinds of camping, we often get lean-tos especially if we book well in advance, in case the weather is rainy.
The views from the lean-to sites that we have stayed at are amazing! Not all sites have a view overlooking the mountains, so if you can get a nice site (usually in advance), there are some really great sunrises and sunsets.
We have also rented tent sites at Coolidge.
There is a small playground at the park. There are the longest swings we have ever seen! The kids love these. There is also a small playhouse and sandbox.
We always buy wood at the park for our campfire. You aren’t supposed to bring wood in (because of invasive pests). It is easy to pay for the wood when you check in and grab a bundle before heading to the campsite.
There is also a small cabin that serves as a nature center. We like to check it out and explore the displays, and the kids usually find a bunch of fun places to explore in the park and on the trails.
We usually book a campsite that isn’t too far of a walk to the bathroom. There are several bathrooms with flushing toilets, sinks, and showers (bring quarters for the showers).
There are lots of trails around Coolidge State Park, easily accessible from right within the park.
While there aren’t a lot of activities at Coolidge other than hiking, you can drive over to Plymouth State park nearby, and use your car tag to get in for free (instead of having to pay a day use fee).. There is a beach with facilities like bathrooms and concessions. The beach does get busy, but it is a nice lake, with nice swimming, and you can rent paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes.
There are other places we like to go around the park. There are some eateries in Ludlow, including Tacos Tacos (awesome burritos there!).
Coolidge is a great place to escape and relax. Let me know if you have any questions!
Coolidge State Park: http://vtstateparks.com/coolidge.html
Plymouth State Park: http://vtstateparks.com/plymouth.html