New Discovery

Marshfield, VT

This park is one of seven parks in the Groton State Forest. These parks are all within close proximity to one another (some within walking distance) and entry to one provides free entry to all. Combined, the parks offer a range of activities and attractions. The newly opened Groton Nature Center is nearby.

The rocky, tree covered hillsides were originally cloaked with white pine, spruce, hemlock, beech, maple and birch. These were logged by local farmers for lumber, fuel and potash. The logging industry was large-scale for almost 100 years while the railroad was operating. Today, logging is still a vital industry in the area, but has lost some of its dominance in favor of modern society’s leisure time movement – private cottages/seasonal homes and a variety of outdoor recreation activities.

Osmore Pond has seven remote campsites. Four are lean-to’s and three are tent sites with platforms. Remote tent sites 15 & 16 have 10′ x 12′ platforms and site 17 has an 8′ x 10′ platform.

There is an eight-site horse camping area located in New Discovery State Park. Groton Forest is the second largest state forest in Vermont with over 26,000 acres to explore. Trails for horseback riding in the park include gravel-surfaced roads, forest highways (logging roads), the VAST trails, and the Montpelier-Wells River Rail Trail.


  • 8 tent/RV sites
  • 15 lean-to sites
  • 8 horse-camping sites
  • There are also 4 remote lean-tos and 3 remote tent sites at Osmore Pond.


Camping, hiking, playground, swimming, boating, fishing, nature programs, picnicking, mountain bikes, horseshoes