Town of Brighton
The Town of Brighton is a 54-square-mile area of forests, lakes, rivers and mountains in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. It is 15 miles from the Canadian and New Hampshire borders and has one small unchartered village named Island Pond.
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The Northeast Kingdom
At A Glance
The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont comprises the counties of Caledonia, Essex and Orleans and is located, as the name implies, in the northeastern area of the state. The tri-county region, at 2,054 square miles, accounts for just over 21 percent of the entire state. The Kingdom includes 71,315 acres of public state forest land and parks, 1,632 acres of public federal forest lands and parks, 37,575 acres of some of the most beautiful public lakes and ponds in the nation and 3,840 miles of public rivers and streams. The Kingdom also features 50 public boat launches on lakes throughout the region.
The Northeast Kingdom is the home of Jay Peak Resort, Burke Mountain Resort, Kingdom Trails, the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum & Art Gallery, the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, the Old Stone House Museum, Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, the Stephen Huneck Gallery at Dog Mountain, the Great Vermont Corn Maze and so much more. The region is also home to Lyndon State College, Springfield College-St. Johnsbury Campus, the Community College of Vermont and many other stellar educational institutions.
The Northeast Kingdom also includes 55 towns and gores, with a combined regional population of 64,043. We have included community profiles here to give you a sense of the towns and gores within the Kingdom. Whenever possible, we have linked the profile to the specific town web site. When that is not possible, we have linked these communities to a wonderful regional resource, the Kingdom Guide.