Silver Lake State Park covers most of Barnard's area and therefore turns this village into an especially idyllic place. Up high on the surrounding hills you have a great view across the landscape mostly dominated by the sight of the lake. Silver Lake is worth making it your day trip's sole destination, however you may also combine your visit to the lake with a hiking or biking tour beforehand.
Whatever option you choose Silver Lake guarantees a great time once you are there. For instance you will find a sandy beach with a large bathing area in which dogs are also allowed. In addition there is a picnic area and a camping site, so if you spontaneously decide to stay longer that won't be a problem.
Things to do
By water and ashore
The lake itself also offers many activities. Rent a rowboat or kayak to get on the lake either to fish or simply paddle around. Be aware that motorised boats are generally allowed on the lake so you should be careful while swimming or fishing. However Silver Lake is a very quiet and calm place, where a relaxing time within nature is secured.
Fun for children
After bathing sunbath either on the sandy beach or the spacious lawns. Silver Lake is also a great place for families. A children's playground keeps the youngest entertained. In addition you may also ask for life jackets so your kids can safely hop on the boats with you. A day full of activites will get you hungry and Silver Lake is prepared for that situation, too. You may either get a snack or a full picnic underneath the provided pavilions, which admittedly are not equipped with electricity but are available to bigger groups for $100 a day.
Silver Lake is open during summer time from 10am until sunset.
- You can easily take your dog to this swimming lake.
- Feel free to find drinks and snacks at the kiosk, in case you get hungry or thirsty.
- The nearby playground caters to kids of all age groups, ensuring unbridled fun.
- Planning an overnight stay? Close to the Swimming Lake there is a campground. You are in the campfire mood? Campfires are permitted at several spots around the Swimming Lake.
- There are parking spaces available in the vicinity. There are public restrooms close by at the Swimming Lake.
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How to get there
To get to Silver Lake in Barnard by car take I 89 and leave it at exit 3 to take route 107 for about 4km/2.5mi. Afterwards turn left to continue south on route 12 on which you eventually turn left to get onto North Road. Stay on North Road for about 11km/6.8mi until you see the parking on the left side.
If you approach from the west you accordingly need to turn left onto route 12 and eventually left onto North Road. Drive through Barnard Village until you get to Silver Lake parking on the right.
Starting in Hartford it'll take about 33km/20.5mi to get to Silver Lake. Depending on your stamina you will need approximately 2.5 h and you will have earned the relaxing day at the lake by physical activity beforehand.
Should you choose to bike to Silver Lake start in Hartford on Old Quechee Road towards Old Quechee, where you follow Quechee Main Street alongside the river. Soon the street will merge into Upper River Road and eventually into Old River Road. Continue biking undeterred until you reach the junction to Elm Street, where you turn right and at the next possible turn, right again. Now drive along Pomfred Road and keep following Stage Road after driving through South Pomfred. Continue for about 5km/3.1mi until you get to Barnard, where you turn right at the junction to get directly to Silver Lake State Park. You reached your destination.