We were recently looking for some trails to check out in the Ludlow area of Vermont, and while it isn’t particularly close, we decided to check out Hapgood Pond, which someone had recommended to us a while back. This is part of the Green Mountain National Forest, with camping, swimming, and a trail. Being Memorial Day, the weather was a bit chilly, and our goal was to check out the campground for future camping trips and to hike the trail.
I had no problem finding Hapgood Pond using Google Maps, and the recreation area is clearly marked. It is located in Peru, Vermont, somewhat between Londonderry and Manchester.
As you enter the park, you see Hapgood Pond, which has a beach and swimming area.
There is information at the parking lot near the entrance of Hapgood Pond, including a day-use fee. This recreation area is not like other State Park campgrounds we have been to – it is very quiet and not regularly staffed.
The trailhead is easy to find, and we saw it right when we entered Hapgood Pond Recreation Area from the main road.
The trail is very easy to follow, and there are blue markers to keep hikers on track.
My girls were excited to find a red eft right away, careful to place it back where they found it.
We also found some interesting plants along the way.
This Recreation Area trail is very well maintained. Despite a lot of recent rain, the trail was in good shape and there were some nice bridges for crossing water.
The trail rambles for about a mile, without a lot of elevation changes, so it was a very relaxing hike, especially with kids.
I enjoyed reading this thoughtful sign along the way.
Overall, the Hapgood Pond trail was a nice little hike for us. At around a mile, and without much change in elevation, it was a relaxing walk and even the kids enjoyed it without the hike going too long.
There are bathrooms and picnic tables around the campground as well.
You can check out Hapgood Pond online on the Forest Service website here.
This looks like a beautiful park to visit. Gorgeous photos!
That is such a gorgeous place! I’d love to spend a few days there with the family.
This is a wonderful looking place! IT would be a perfect place to take the family.
As many times as I’ve been to Vermont, I’ve never heard of this place. I would love to go there next time we are in the area.
What an amazing place to share with the family! It looks so relaxing and peaceful while fun at the same time.
Gosh, I really like that sign. It is amazing to realize the cycle of water. I mean I think its simply a miracle we take for granted time and time again.
Despite a dreary day, it still looks like such a relaxing jaunt in nature! 🙂
This area sounds like an interesting place to explore. I lived in NH for 2 years and always hoped to get to VT but never made it there.
This looks like a beautiful place t go hiking! My kids love to go on nature walks like this, it is always fun to go exploring. All of those trees are stunning and so green, beautiful!
This is beautiful. I like how serene it looks and you can stay by the day. It looks nice and quiet. I havent been to this area it sure is pretty.
The photo with the red eft is amazing. All of these scenes are wonderful and peaceful to view.
I love how peaceful the place is, perfect for a quiet afternoon while enjoying nature and everything that it has to offer. Love that it has a good parking space as well.
Such a great post and looks like Vermont is a nice place to visit for a great experience and adventure.
Hapgood State Park has been a wonderful state park for years. My family has hiked the lovely trails and enjoyed fishing and swimming at the lake. The maintenance has been superb over those years. The picknic area is perfect for family BBQ and they have clean facilities and a shower area. This is a perfect camping area for the entire family young and old!
I have never been to Vermont. It looks like such a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for the tip.
What a wonderful destination to explore! My kids would love checking out the pond, creatures, and plants. Vermont is full of adventure!
What a beautiful place in Vermont. I’ll have to visit, we love to go hiking. Thanks for the recco!
This place seems to be so peaceful. Those animals are so cute! It is so beautiful to descover new places!
This is such a beautiful place to visit. It would be great to go hiking here.
Wow, what a gorgeous area!!! Your photos are beautiful. I hope y’all had a great day!
This looks awesome. I would love to find little creatures and there seem to be plants that I don’t see in my area.
This place looks amazing! We love visiting natural parks and nature areas. My kids love playing outdoors.
Looks like such a fun and relaxing park. I can smell the fresh air from here!
it looks amazing there! I’d love to visit sometime
That looks beautiful! The red eft you found was adorable, too. My kids love being out in nature and finding unique plants and animals. They’d love it there!