Running Bear Camping Area is a little campground located at the foot of Mt. Ascutney in the picturesque southern Vermont village of Ascutney. The park is convenient to Interstate 91, exit 8. So close in fact that some sites tend to get a little road noise.
The campground has a mix of shaded and open, sunny sites. Nearby Ascutney State Park, offers hiking on wooded trails to the summit of the mountain. Two miles south of the campground is Wilgus State Park which offers a canoe launch to the Connecticut River. There are also several free and easy points of entry on both sides of the River.
The facilities are relatively clean and adequately maintained and the interior roads are in fair to good shape. Most sites are level, with fire rings and picnic tables. Some are full hook-ups. There are a few larger sites but with minimal landscaping in between. Some sites are wooded, with a few very close to your neighbor.
Amenities include a campstore with a limited selection of groceries and camping supplies, a heated pool, function hall, and playground.
If you just want to relax, the campground offers special Holiday weekend activities for children & adults, quiet time at your site or a dip in their heated swimming pool. Overall, Running Bear is an acceptable campground but I think we would try a few others in the area before we returned.