Hapgood Pond Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
Hapgood Pond

Hapgood Pond Recreation Area offers camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and hiking among the tranquil surroundings of Hapgood Pond.  The pond itself is 12 acres in size and 12 feet at its deepest point. The recreation area offers a 28-site campground in a wooded setting, a 1 mile nature trail, and a day use area with a beach for swimming. No lifeguard is on duty; swim at your own risk.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Campground and Day-Use only available during open season. During open season, dy-use area is open from 6:00 - 10:00 pm.
Reservations: Reservations for campsites and pavillion rentals can be made online at recreation.gov. Reservations must be made 4 days in advance. Campground sites 1-8 are available on a first come, first served basis.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: Day-use fees, payable the self-service fee stations located near the entrance to the site:
  •  $5.00 per vehicle.
  • Walk-ins and bicyclers have a reduced fee.
Camping fees, payable at the camping self-service fee station:
  • $20.00 per site per night.
Permit Info: Additional state license  and registration fees are required for fishing and boating. Please visit Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department for up to date information regarding Vermont state laws pertaining to fishing and boating.
Open Season: Memorial Day - Columbus Day
  • 8 people maximum per site
  • Checkout time is 12:00 PM
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times
  • Quiet hours are from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • Maximum stay is 14 days in a 30-day period
Closest Towns: Peru, Manchester, and Londonderry, VT
Water: Drinking Water is available at several spigots in the campground
Restroom: Flush toilets in the bath house near the beach. All campground facilities are vault toilets.
Passes: Season passes are available for Hapgood Pond Day Use that allow unlimited day-use access throughout the open season.  Season pass prices are:
  • $35.00 standard price
  • $17.50 with Interagency Senior/Access Pass discount 
  • $20.00 for second vehicle pass within the same household ($10.00 with Interagency Senior/Access Pass)
See our Passes and Permits page for more information. 
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Green Mountain National Forest - Manchester Ranger District

General Information


From Route 7 in Manchester, take Route 11 east for approximately 7.5 miles, past the Route 11 and 30 junction. Continuing east on Rte 11, pass Bromley Ski Area and turn left into the town of Peru. Turn left onto Hapgood Pond Road;

From Route 100 in Londonderry, take Rte. 11 west for about 7.5 miles and turn right into the town of Peru. Take Hapgood Pond Road north out of town;- Drive about 1.5 miles north on Hapgood Pond Road and then turn left into Hapgood Recreation Area. At the self-serve fee stations please pay the appropriate fees. 


Within the camping area there are 4 accessible vault toilets.  Access routes from the day use parking area to the bath house are accessible as well  There is a wheelchair accessible fishing area available at Hapgood Pond.

General Notes:

Hapgood Pond Recreation Area was the first land acquired that now makes up part of the Green Mountain National Forest. The Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the original facilities from 1936 through 1938.


Additional Resources

Hapgood Recreation Area Brochure

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

There are 28 campsites available, each with a cleared tenting area, a picnic table, a fire ring with grill, and a parking spur.

Within the camping area there are 4 accessible vault toilets and 4 fountains available for drinking water. There is also a bathhouse with flush toilets and showers, 2 pavilions, a wheelchair accessible fishing area, and a hand-carry boat launch. A dumpster for rubbish is available for camping guests.

Volunteer campground host is generally available to assist visitors and answer questions.

No. of Sites 28
Fire Information Fire ring with a grill

RV Camping

Some campsites can accommodate recreational vehicles and campers.  Please visit recreation.gov for campsite specific information regarding maximum vehicle size accommodations.

No. of Sites 28
Size Restrictions Small to Medium

Lake and Pond Fishing

See Fishing Regulations at Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department for more information regarding fishing in Hapgood Pond.

Water/Flow Level Brook Trout

Day Hiking

The Hapgood Pond Nature Trail begins either near the entrance to Hapgood Pond Recreation Area or the loop may be completed by starting the trail just north of the bath house and beach area.

The trail is approximately 1 mile long and features both hardwood and softwood ecosystems, a long span footbridge over Flood Brook and beautiful views west to Peru Peak Wilderness from the walkway over Hapgood Pond dam. Please pack out all trash and keep pets leashed in this developed recreation area.


Difficulty Desc. Average hiking time is 1/2 - 1 hour. 
Elevation desc Max elevation gain is 33 feet. 
Fees: Day-use fee required
Difficulty Level: Easy


The day use area consists of large open areas, picnic tables, and grills. Please do your part and pack out what you pack in from the day use area.

Boating - Non-Motorized

There is a hand-carry boat launch available at the south end of the pond adjacent to the day use parking areas. Only non-motorized boats are allowed. The pond is drained annually for the winter.

Type of Craft Raft, Kayak, Canoe
Fees: Day-use fee required


There is a small beach area managed for swimming.  There is no lifeguard on duty. 


Interpretive Site:
Camping trailer:
Picnic tables:
Tent camping:
Fee charged for some activities:
Accessible: Wheelchair accessible fishing area available.
Boat ramp: Hand-carry boat launch
Drinking water:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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