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Camels Hump State Park

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Camels Hump State Park
Waterbury, Vermont 05676
Camels Hump State Park webpage
Camels Hump State Park map
Camels Hump State Park Trails (TrailFinder) webpage

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Camels Hump State Park–Summit
Coordinates: 44.3194, -72.8867
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Camels Hump State Park–Monroe Trail
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Tips for birding Camels Hump
Birdwatching in Vermont, p. 102.

The TrailFinder website has a description and map of a hike at Camels Hump State Park.

About Camels Hump State Park
Camels Hump State Park is an undeveloped, free-entry, state park with no phone or visitor facilities.

Waubanaukee Indians first named it “Tah-wak-be-dee-ee-wadso” or Saddle Mountain. Samuel de Champlain’s explorers in the 1600’s called it “lion couchant” or resting lion. The name “Camel’s Rump” was used on a historical map by Ira Allen in 1798, and this became “Camel’s Hump” in 1830.

The park came about as an original gift of 1000 acres including the summit from Colonel Joseph Battell, who originally bought Camel’s Hump to preserve the wooded mountainous view from his home. In 1911, care of the mountain was entrusted to the State Forester who managed with the aim to keep it in a primitive state according to Battell’s wish.

The State of Vermont eventually adopted a policy of development regulation on all state forest lands to preserve aesthetic values. It fought proposed intrusions by communications towers and ski resorts until the summit’s Natural Area was set aside; then special legislation was passed in 1969 to create a Forest Reserve whose state-owned acres (about 20,000 by 1991) form Camel’s Hump State Park.

There are designated parking areas at trailheads on Camel’s Hump Road on both sides of the mountain. Also, there are parking areas along River Road in Duxbury for the Long Trail.
From Camels Hump State Park webpage