Grout Pond Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Grout Pond

Grout Pond Recreation Area is 1,600 acres of the Green Mountain National Forest set aside for year-round recreation. Grout Pond is a very popular destination for camping, hiking, canoeing, and fishing. 

Over 10.0 miles of multipurpose trails are available through relatively flat, low-lying terrain.  The trails are marked with blue diamond blazes, are available for year-round hiking, but can be extremely wet and muddy at times.  Trails connect with a more extensive trail system of nearby Somerset Reservoir.

In winter, the trails are open to ungroomed skiing and are rated easy to more difficult.  Snowmobiles are restricted to Forest Road 262 and a portion of the West Trail.  These trails are marked with orange diamond blazes.


Grout Pond Trails

  • Camp Loop - .9 miles, Easy 
  • East Trail - 3.2 miles, Easy-Moderate 
  • Hill Top Trail .8 miles Moderate
  • Pond Loop 2.6 miles Easy
  • West Trail 2.8 mies Moderate


Additional Resources

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year-round. Day-Use Areas open from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Reservations: Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis.
Fees Camping Fee:
  • $16.00 per site per night
Fees are paid at the self-service pay station located at the lower parking area bulletin board.
Usage: Heavy
  • No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicles.
  • Maximum campers per site: 8 people
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Quiet Hours are 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
  • Check out time is 2:00 PM.
  • Maximum stay is 14 days in any 30-day period.
Closest Towns: Food and Services: West Wardsboro or Arlington.   For all Emergencies: 911
  • 911 Information: The Recreation Area is in the Town of Stratton, off Forest Road 262, # 207 Grout Pond Cabin.
Water: Drinking water near lower parking available Memorial Day-September.
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Green Mountain National Forest - Manchester Ranger District

General Information


From Route 7 in Arlington, take the Arlington exit and turn west on Route 313 at the end of the exit ramp. Take the first right onto South Road and follow to the end. Turn right onto Kansas Road and follow over Rte 7 and over a two-lane bridge. After the bridge turn right and travel east on the Kelley Stand Road (aka: Stratton-Arlington Road) for about 10.2 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 262 and follow to the end.

From Route 100 in West Wardsboro, travel west on the Stratton-Arlington Road (aka: Kelley Stand Road) for about 6 miles and turn left onto Forest Road 262. Follow FR 262 to the end.

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Max. elevation change: 260 feet