Beard Recreation Park

For generations, local residents and visitors of Johnson VT have enjoyed a beautiful, Olympic-sized swimming hole and a bucolic open field and beach along the Gihon River. With approximately 600 feet of river frontage, this parcel possesses beautiful shoreline, waterfalls, and swimming spots along the Gihon River. A rock ledge outcropping in the river creates a deep swimming “pool” with an extensive sand and gravel beach – suitable for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The bedrock also forms beautiful waterfalls and cascades in the Gihon River channel.

In 2015, The Town of Johnson, in partnership with the Vermont River Conservancy, acquired the property placed a conservation easement on the property. By these acts, this land will now forever be accessible to the public as the “Beard Recreation Park.”

Directions: The property is located on School Street just below the Powerhouse Covered Bridge, within walking distance from the Johnson Elementary School, Johnson State College, the Vermont Studio Center, and the village’s downtown center. Parking is available on School Street, adjacent to the property.