The Green Mountain National Forest
The Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests, although separate forests share the same administrative headquarters in Rutland, Vermont. The forests’ combined land mass is over 416,000 acres spread throughout southwestern and southern Vermont, and the Finger Lakes region of New York State. These lands are managed by the USDA Forest Service and signify the multiple-use ethic through its role of providing ecological and science-based forestry stewardship, clean water, diverse vegetation, high-quality forest products, economical and educational contributions, and trail-based backcountry recreation.
Characterized by striking scenery that combines rugged mountain peaks with quintessential Vermont villages, The Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) encompasses more than 400,000 acres in southwestern and central Vermont, forming the largest contiguous public land area in the State. Located within a day's drive of more than 70 million people, the GMNF is a destination for visitors seeking a variety of recreation opportunities.
The Forest includes three nationally designated trails: The Appalachian Trail, the Long Trail, and the Robert Frost National Recreation Trail. The Forest also includes three alpine ski areas, seven Nordic ski areas, and approximately 900 miles of multiple-use trails for hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and bicycling.
In addition to recreation opportunities, the Forest includes a variety of species of plants and animals. There are two Ranger Districts: the Manchester in southwest Vermont and the Rochester-Middlebury in central Vermont.
Enjoy your time on the forest, and have a safe visit!