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Vermont State Parks Annual Visitation Passes 1 Million

Vermont State Parks
Kettle Pond State Park

More than 1 million people have visited Vermont state parks this year, which hasn't happened in 27 years.
The state will receive an estimated $6.1 million in direct revenue from this year's visitation. The statewide economic impact from those visits is about $88 million.

State park attendance has been growing steadily over the last several years. Commissioner Michael Snyder of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation attributes that to park staff.

Vermont's 52 state parks are fully operated from mid-May through mid-October. Attendance is not tracked during the offseason.

Park officials recorded more than 1 million visitors only four other times over the 91-year history of the park system.

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