Brighton State Park

Brighton State Park

102 State Park Road Island Pond, Vermont 05846

Brighton State Park Official Website
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About Brighton State Park

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Brighton State Park is located on the shores of Spectacle Pond. The outstanding attraction of this area is its remoteness: mountains with tree-covered slopes, fast-running streams, and clear lakes. It is common to hear loons calling at night. The wild lands to the northeast and southeast of the town of Island Pond are suited to the angler, the hunter, or the outdoor lover who likes to roam away from developed roads or towns. Logging roads into the deeper reaches of this area offer adventurous side trips.

Island Pond enjoyed a heyday from the late 1800s until the Depression years, along with the fortunes of the Grand Trunk railroad between Montreal, Canada, and Portland, Maine. Island Pond was the site of the first international railroad junction in the United States. At the height of the town’s population, its streets were lively with railroad men and loggers, most of whom rode in on one of the 13 rail tracks that passed through town. A mere two tracks remain today. The unique wooden bridge, which once held all 13 tracks, is gone, but the heritage of railroading is still evident in the well-kept train station and a few associated structures at the north end of town.

Notable Trails

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


  • Restrooms on site

  • Entrance fee

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

Content from Brighton State Park Official Website

Last updated October 18, 2023