Thetford Hill State Park is located within the southern tract of a state forest. The park includes a private summer camp (run under long-term license agreement) in a former campground, a day use area and a World-class cross-country running trail. There is no camping at the park.
Thetford Hill State Park is one of many Vermont State Parks constructed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a public works program aimed at putting young people to work during the Great-Depression. Before it was a State Park, like much of Vermont, this area was largely deforested for farmland. Sunset Hill, as it was then known, was popular with hikers, picnickers and nature enthusiasts for its commanding views of the surrounding area.
Dwight Goddard donated 262-acres to the State of Vermont in 1931. At that time, much of the land was open pasture and field. He gave the property to the State with the stipulation that it remain a State Forest in perpetuity.