Jamaica State Park, now comprising 772 acres, was completed and opened to the public in 1969.
Previously, the area had supported a few small farms and a sawmill. The West River Railroad ran through what is now the state park. The old railroad bed is now used as the trail that leads along the West River to Ball Mountain Dam. The railroad operated from about 1879 until 1927, when a flood wiped most of it out.
Jamaica State Park is located on a bend of the West River about one-half mile from the center of the town of Jamaica. Nearby to the north is Ball Mountain. Hamilton Falls is located about one mile up Cobb Brook, which enters the West River upstream from the park. The West River has a very large drainage area extending from Weston and the south side of Terrible Mountain to Windham on the east and Bromley on the west.
The West River is also a favorite spot for many fishermen. The combination of deep slow running water and shallow fast ripples makes for some fine fishing.
Facilities / Amenities
There are 41 tent/RV sites and 18 lean-to sites that are spread throughout the campground. There are two restrooms with flush toilets, hot and cold running water and coin-operated hot showers. A picnic shelter for campers and a small nature center are located near the picnic area and swimming hole. A hiking trail follows the West River and branches off toward Hamilton Falls.
Camping: There are 41 tent/RV sites and 18 lean-to sites at the park.
Hiking: Over 5 miles of maintained hiking trails.
Swimming: There is swimming at the Salmon Hole in the West River.
Boating: Boats and rafts are welcome, though there is no boat launch at the park.
Fishing: The West River is home to trout and small mouth bass.
Picnicking: Lots of great picnicking spots by the river. There is also a picnic pavilion that is available to rent for group functions.
Mountain Biking: Mountain biking is permitted on some of the trails at the park. Additionally, Mt. Snow's bike park is a half-hour drive.
Horseshoes: There is a horseshoe pit at the park.
Volleyball: There is a volleyball net in the day use field.
Nature Programs: This park offers nature programs. Please call the park directly for more information.