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National Forests

The Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) and the Finger Lakes National Forest (FLNF) are Vermont's and New York's only public, federally managed national forests. While both the GMNF and FLNF are managed in ways that strive to be sensitive to local concerns and resource capabilities, they share an administrative unit on the GMNF to take advantage of efficiencies to be gained by close geographic localation. The GMNF is characterized by striking scenery that combines rugged mountain peaks with quintessential Vermont villages while the FLNF spans a ridge between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. Both Forests offer extensive multiuse advantages to the public, providing ecological and science-based forestry stewardship, clean water, diverse vegetation, high-value, high-quality forest products, economical and educational contributions, and trail-based backcountry recreation.


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Grout Pond Rec Area

Grout Pond Recreation Area is sixteen hundred acres of the Green Mountain National Forest set aside for year-round recreation. Grout Pond is very popular for camping, hiking, canoeing, and fishing. 

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Bald Mountain Trail

A trail that can bring you beautiful vistas in just a day's worth of hiking. Round trip summiting of this gorgeous view is estimated at 3 hours. 

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South Slope Trail 

Passing through the south end of the FLNF, this primitive trail offers an easy stroll through open grass lands and a boardwalk over wetlands. This trail shares a portion of the Finter Lakes and North Country Trail Systems. 

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The Interloken Trail

Traversing the FLNF from north to south, this trail offers diverse terrain and vegetaion and views of oustanding vistas, including Seneca Lake. 

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Hooked on National Forests Fishing Derbies

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While the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) and the Finger Lakes National Forest (FLNF) are in two separate states, they have one thing in common – they both offer wonderful fishing opportunities to local youth and the public at large.

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