Grout Pond Recreation Area


Grout Pond

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. 

Over 10.0 miles of multipurpose trails connect with a more extensive trail system of nearby Somerset Reservoir. The area has relatively flat, low-lying terrain. The trails, marked with blue diamonds blazes, are available for year-round hiking. In winter, they 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. Camp Loop .9 miles Easy 1/2 hour, East Trail 3.2 miles Easy-Moderate 1 1/2 - 2 hours, Hill Top Trail .8 miles Moderate 1 hour, Pond Loop 2.6 miles Easy 1-1 1/2 hours, West Trail 2.8 mies Moderate 1-2 hours.

Grout Pond Recreation Area Recreation Opportunity Guide

Grout Pond Area Trails Recreation Opportunity Guide

Boating Recreation Opportunity Guide

Snowmobiling Recreation Opportunity Guide

Cross Country Skiing Recreation Opportunity Guide

Snowshoeing Recreation Opportunity Guide

At a Glance

Fees Camping Fee: Donations accepted at bulletin board near parking area
Open Season: Trails and campsites are available for year-round use. In winter, Grout Pond Road is not plowed!
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicles.
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.
Operated By: Forest Service

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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Fire Danger Level: Low
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Max. elevation change: 260 feet