I haven't stayed at Molly Stark for several years. The first time to was cold and windy and I was in the open sites close to Rte 9. Rte 9 noise is prevalent through much of the campground all though it's much worse in field sites. The highway is going up a fairly steep grade at this point.
This time except for the first evening it was sunny and cool (it is September in Vermont )
This is a gorgeous well maintained campground with most level sites or leantos . The staff were excellent , the new bathroom shower facility was the best I have seen in a state or national park campground. I stayed in Site 5 which accommodated my mansion (a 14 X 12 tent...don't ask , it was an accident but I have gotten to love the space) as well as our screen house for the first evening of a downpour. Most sites are well spaced from the neighbors. The hike to the fire tower is worth the time and 1.9 mile round trip. I would rather have the steep part going up so start the trail at the trail head nearest the entrance and loop back on the trail that ends in the back of the campground.
Others comments about firewood, play areas etc are accurate.
The town of Wilmington is a fun place to stroll and look in shops and galleries. If you are looking for groceries there is a small Shaw's in town but look for the River Market store north on route 100 slightly out of town. Lots of local produce, cheese, fairy, produce etc as well as some excellent meats. The New York strip I had was excellent.
Fishing and boating are not far. There is Harriman Reservoir. It was low probably due to the drought . There was no bank fishing to be had and I did not have my kayak with me although there is a rental place across the Rte 9 from the boat launch . Lake Raponda which is a short drive from the campground . The shore line is mostly occupied by private dwellings but there is a public boat launch at the north end of the lake. Power boats are allowed but PWC's are not (). Another choice is Somerset reservoir about 14 miles up dirt road US Forest Service Rte 71. There is a boat launch here as well and power boats are allowed but there are speed restrictions . Looks like a great kayak lake but it was windy the day I was there. Lots of bank fishing as it is surround by the Green Mountain National
Forest. Bring the kayak next time
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