Camping On the Battenkill – A Family Tradition

Camping On the Battenkill – A Family Tradition

I’ve camped for as long as I can remember. We started in a tent and as I got older my family upgraded to a pop-up camper. Our family would camp in the backyard or gather with friends to stay at a local campground.

Many years later I started dating a man who would become my husband. Our first Memorial Day weekend together we went to visit his family at the campground they were staying at. To my surprise it was the same campground that I stayed at when I was young, Camping on the Battenkill in Arlington, VT. The phone booth was no longer there. But the park next door with the small golf course I remember my dad playing at while we camped was still present.

The next Memorial Day, we went back to the campground to visit my boyfriends family and friends. This time we got to show off my bright and shiny engagement ring that had just been place on my finger hours before. The years went by and my husband and I starting camping there every Memorial Day weekend with his family and then my family as well. We started off in a truck tent and then upgraded to a 27 foot travel trailer. My husband and I brought our new puppy camping there for the first time. Bailey is now almost 11 years old.


We started having children of our own and each of their first camping trips were at Camping on the Battenkill. Our oldest was only 6 weeks old on his first trip. My family and I have so many fond memories here – conversations around the campfire, tubing & kayaking down the river and walks through the acres of wooded trails.


My favorite is the tradition of all of the kids learning to ride their bikes in the circle around the field. It started with my nieces and nephews, then our oldest son, Liam. This past year our middle child Peyton months after turning five. The training wheels came off and after just a few times around the circle she had gotten the hang of it. Her and her older brother biked around the whole weekend. They made new friends and explored all of the winding trails. The pride that a parent feels watching this is inexplicable. The fact that they have found a love for the outdoors and camping as I did in my childhood makes my heart burst. We can only hope that our youngest child, Logan, who is not yet a year old will get to experience this and continue the tradition of taking his first ride on a two-wheeler at this campground.

More About Camping on the Battenkill

The campground is in Arlington, VT. It is a small family friendly campground right on the Battenkill River. There are just under 100 sites with a variety of options for full hook-up, water & electric, tent and cabin camping. The majority of the park offers large wooded sites. There are a limited number of riverfront sites which get booked quickly. Book early if you want to take advantage of these. There is a large field area which is perfect for group gatherings. The playground area in the center so this area can be noisy. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful trip, I would definitely suggest the wooded sites.

The new owners which purchased the property in 2017 are very helpful and have already started upgrades. These include a new laundry area, WiFi, and arcade. The campground has a small camp store and beach area where you can go tubing, kayaking, or swimming (it is swim at your own risk, no lifeguards are on duty). Overall, this is a great campground to get away from it all and enjoy nature. If you want want a laid back trip to recharge and spend quality time with the family, this is the place to do just that!

Things to Do in the Area

Next door to the campground is a park where there is a large playground and bike trails. There are lots of fun shops in the area such as the Sugar Shack which has the best pies and the Village Peddler which houses jams, cheese, candies and chocolates that every kid and adult will love. Close by are the Manchester outlets if you want to spend a rainy day shopping.

I hope you have enjoyed our review and learning about my favorite camping memories. What are your favorite camping traditions? I would love to hear them in the comments.

Happy Camping!