Exploring jamaica State Park


Quick Facts

Location: 48 Salmon Hole Lane, Jamaica, VT  Open: Early May – mid-October Activities: hiking, swimming, camping, biking Fees: $4 for adults, $2 for kids Dogs: On-leash, but not in the swimming area

Learn about indiginous Peoples

This area was once an important transportation route for the Sokoki Abenaki people, who traveled by canoe between the Connecticut River and Lake Champlain.

cool off in the west river

Salmon Hole is located right near the playground, and the river is slow-moving and clear, an awesome hole for families!

Ride the West river rail trail

f you hop on the West River Rail Trail and ride for an easy 2.5 miles, you’ll come to the Ball Mountain Dam, which is 247 feet high and 915 feet long.

Hike to Hamilton Falls

Hamilton Falls is a 125-foot waterfall made up of a series of horsetails and slides as Cobb Brook thunders over the rocks into a deep gorge.

Learn About Jamaica’s Railroad History

Honestly, the railroad story in Jamaica is not a success story. Instead, it’s a story of one mishap after another. You can read more about the West River Railroad by reading the interpretive signs that are located along the West River Rail Trail.

Pitch your tent!

You can reserve one of 41 tent/RV sites or 18 lean-tos, some of which are located right along the river. Campsites all include a picnic table and fire pit, but no hook-ups.

Hike the overlook trail

This is a 2.5-ish mile loop that is moderately steep, but well-marked, and heads up to the summit of Little Ball Mountain. It starts in the campground.