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Area Name Status Short Description
East Dorset Trail Click for more information

From East Dorset Trailhead, the East Dorset Trail junctions with Appalachian/Long Trail at 4 miles. 

East Dorset Trailhead Click for more information

The East Dorset Trail junctions with the Appalachian/Long Trail at 4.0 miles. 

Finger Lakes - Hector District
 
Finger Lakes Trail
 
Glastenbury Wilderness
 
Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests Click for more information

 The Green Mountain National Forest hugs the ridge tops from the Massachusetts border to Bristol, Vermont and makes up about six percent of the landmass in Vermont. It has 900 miles of trails and eight wilderness areas; Aiken, Big Branch, Breadloaf, Bristol Cliffs, Joseph Battell, Glastenbury, Lye Brook, and Peru Peak that offer many backpacking experiences. Hikers in wilderness areas are encouraged to become familiar with wilderness survival skills and adhere to Leave No Trace Guidelines, such as Pack it in–Pack it out. There are many opportunities for overnight hikes that offer a variety of experiences for the hikers. The following are a few of the more popular multi-day hikes that are relatively easy to find and follow.


Glastenbury/West Ridge Loop


Old Job South Loop

Styles Peak Loop

Interloken Trail Click for more information

The total length of this trail is 12 miles one way. The max elevation change is 560 feet and the average hike time is about 12 hours round trip. 

Camping is available at either the Blueberry Patch Campground for a fee or you can camp anywhere on forest property. 

 


Area Name Status Short Description
Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests Click for more information

Non-motorized off-road vehicles, such as mountain bikes, are limited to trails specifically signed open to mountain bikes and Forest Service Roads open to vehicular travel.

Bicycle use is specifically prohibited on the Appalachian/Long Trail, its side trails, Wilderness Areas, Primitive Areas, and Special Areas.

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Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests  
 
Green Mountain - Manchester District  
 
Grout Pond Area Trails Click for more information

Pond is 84 acres and is 28 feet deep. Only non-motorized boats are allowed. Recreation area includes a 200-foot carryin boat launch with an unloading area in the parking lot. 

Help prevent the spread of non-native invasive species, such as Eurasian watermilfoil and didymo, by cleaning and drying your boat between each use. This will help protect the health and beauty of our lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers.

Grout Pond Recreation Area Click for more information

Pond is 84 acres and is 28 feet deep. Only non-motorized boats are allowed.

Site includes a 200-foot carryin boat launch with an unloading area in the parking lot. 

There is a campground and day use area on the shore of the lake with camping allowed in designated sites only.

Help prevent the spread of non-native invasive species, such as Eurasian watermilfoil and didymo, by cleaning and drying your boat between each use. This will help protect the health and beauty of our lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers.

Hapgood Pond Recreation Area Click for more information

There is a hand-carry boat launch available at the south end of the pond adjacent to the day use parking areas. Only non-motorized boats are allowed. The pond is drained annually for the winter.

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Backbone Horse Campground Click for more information

There are 11 sites available on a first come first serve basis. The sites are large enough to accommodate  trailers. The campground has three vault toilets, trash cans, picnic tables, fire rings, and grills at some sites.

Bingo
 
Blueberry Patch Campground Click for more information

There are nine campsites available on a first come first serve basis. Each has a fire pit, a tent pad, a picnic table, and parking for up to two cars. Some of the picnic tables are handicap accessible. There are two handicap accessible vault toilets. This campground is designed for tents or small campers under 24 feet long. There is no dump station. Dumpster service is provided. There is no drinking water available.

Chittenden Brook Campground Click for more information

There are 17 campsites irregularly spaced along a wooded campground loop. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring with a grill, parking spur with space for two cars, and a gravel tent pad. There are two barrier-free vault toilets. There are no showers or hook-ups. The is no drinking water available. There is a recycling and trash station at the end of the campground loop.

The campground and access road cannot accommodate trailers over 18 feet. There is no dump station available. This campground is best suited for tent camping.

Finger Lakes - Hector District
 
Green Mountain - Middlebury/Rochester District  
 
Green Mountain - Manchester District  
 
Greendale Campground Click for more information

There are 11 campsites available in a wooded campground setting. 

Campground Amenities

  • Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill.
  • There is a barrier-free vault toilet
  • No showers, electrical, septic, or water hook-ups. 
  • No drinking water is available
Grout Pond Recreation Area Click for more information

There are 6 vehicle accessible campsites available on a first come, first served basis. there are 11 campsites (2 of which have shelters, each sleeping 6) and an additional day use picnic site. These campsites are walk-in, however, 7 of these campsites can be reached by boat. 

Each campsite has a picnic table, a tent platform or pad, and a fire ring.

Receation Area amenities include a an open day-use area, and a barrier-free vault toilet. A hand pump for drinking water near the lower parking area is in operation from Memorial Day-September.

Hapgood Pond Recreation Area Click for more information

There are 28 campsites available, each with a cleared tenting area, a picnic table, a fire ring with grill, and a parking spur.

Within the camping area there are 4 accessible vault toilets and 4 fountains available for drinking water. There is also a bathhouse with flush toilets and showers, 2 pavilions, a wheelchair accessible fishing area, and a hand-carry boat launch. A dumpster for rubbish is available for camping guests.

Volunteer campground host is generally available to assist visitors and answer questions.

Moosalamoo Campground Click for more information

Moosalamoo Campground is a small, remote campground located at the base of Mt. Moosalamoo, near Voter Brook.  

There are 19 campsites irregularly spaced along a wooded campground loop.  Each site has a picnic table, fire ring with a grill, and a parking spur with space for two cars.  There are three barrier-free vault toilets and one hand pump available for drinking water.  There are no showers or hook-ups; however, there is trash/recycling service.  In the center of the campground loop, there is an open play field and recreation opportunities.

Moosalamoo National Recreation Area  
 
Silver Lake Campground Click for more information

There are 15 campsites irregularly spaced along a wooded road. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring with a grill.

There are two vault toilets in the campground and one barrier free vault toilet in the picnic area. There is no drinking water available. There are no showers or hook-ups. There is no garbage service available; please carry out what you carry in.


Area Name Status Short Description
Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests Click for more information

Camping is a favorite activity on National Forests. The Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests offer a variety of camping experiences ranging from developed campgrounds to backcountry camping.

Developed Campgrounds

  • If a site requires a reservation, visit www.recreation.gov to reserve at least 7 days in advance. 

  • Reservations cannot be made by calling the forest. 

  • Developed campsites that do not need a reservation, are first-come first-served. The forest is not able to manage a list of availability.

Backcountry Camping (Dispersed Camping)

Backcountry camping is allowed in most locations on the forest unless there is a specific closure order in place for a particular area.

The following camping practices are recommended:

  • Locate campsites at least 200’ from trails or waterbodies including ponds, rivers, and streams
  • When able, utilize sites already managed for overnight use including designated tent platforms and established shelters
  • Do not camp in alpine or sub-alpine areas where trees are 8’ or less.  Help protect these fragile ecosystems!

​Please follow the princliples of leave no trace:

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts 
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Long-distance Hiking Shelters

On the Green Mountain National Forest there are several trail shelters available for use along the Appalachian/Long Trail on the Manchester District and along both the Appalachian and Long Trails on the Rochester Ranger District, which are separate trails in this area.  These shelters vary from 3-sided Adirondack style shelters to more modern designs and there are even a couple of 4-sided cabins. These shelters are all first-come first served and are often shared with other visitors.  

On the Finger Lakes National Forest, there is a 3-sided Adirondack style shelter located along the Finger Lakes Trail.  Visitors must carry their own food, cooking equipment and overnight gear.  Please pack out all your trash. 

Men stop to rest a three sided Adirondack adjacent a trail.

 

All of these sites have a privy nearby and a source for drinking water that will need to be treated prior to use.  The Green Mountain National Forest works in partnership with the Green Mountain Club to provide caretakers at several high-use shelter and tenting areas to help maintain the sites and provide visitor education and information. 

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Area Name Status Short Description
Abbey Pond Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average Hike Time is 2 to 2.5 hours round trip Length: 4.2 miles round trip
Backbone Trailhead This area is Open Click for more information

The length of this trail is 5.5 miles one way. The max change in elevation is 134 feet. Average hike time is 5.5-6.5 hours round trip on foot, or via horse back 2-2.5 hours. 

Bald Mountain   Click for more information
Hiking Trails - Average hike time: 4 ½ hrs. round trip from Bennington 2 ½ hrs. round trip from Woodford
Bourn Pond Trail This area is Open
 
Bromley Mountain Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 3 ½ - 4 hours round trip Length: 5.4 miles round trip
Burnt Hill Trail This area is Open Click for more information

This trail has a length of 2.5 miles one way, with a max elevation change of 134 feet. Average hike time is approximately 2.5-3.5 hours round trip. 

Burnt Hill Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average Hike Time is 1.5 to 2 hours one way Length: 2.1 miles one way
Chittenden Brook Area Trails Click for more information

The area includes a 7.5 mile trail network designed for cross country ski and snowshoe use and open to summer hiking. The trail network serves as a connector to the Long Trail National Recreation Trail as well as the Brandon Gap Backcountry Recreation Area.

Highlighted Trails: 

  • Chittenden Brook 4.1 miles, 2.25 to 2.75 hours one way
  • Beaver Pond:  0.1 miles, 1/2 - 1 hour one way
Chittenden Brook Campground Click for more information

The area includes a 7.5 mile trail network designed for cross country ski and snowshoe use and open to summer hiking. The trail network serves as a connector to the Long Trail National Recreation Trail as well as the Brandon Gap Backcountry Recreation Area known for winter skiing and boarding.

Clark Brook Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 2 ½ - 3 hours one way Length: 3.0 miles one way
Cooley Glen-Emily Proctor   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 2 ¼ - 12 hours one way; see descriptions. Length: 3.4 – 13.0 miles one way; see descriptions
Deer Leap   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 1 ½ - 2 hours Length: 3.1 miles
East Dorset Trail Click for more information

The East Dorset Trail is 4 miles, one way, with an elevation change of 1,480 ft. The trail follows portions of a historic road along Mad Tom Brook, a scenic brook originating in the Peru Peak Wilderness. The trail is marked with blue blazes. At 1.82 miles, the trail crosses the Mad Tom Brook over a constructed ford. Caution should be used during periods of high water and hikers should be prepared to turn back.

East Dorset Trailhead Click for more information

Trailhead provides hiking access to the East Dorset Trail

Finger Lakes - Hector District
 
Finger Lakes Trail This area is Open
 
Green Mountain - Middlebury/Rochester District  
 
Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests
 
Green Mountain - Manchester District  
 
Greendale Campground
 
Greendale Loop Click for more information

The Greendale loop offers a 4.0 mile hike through a mixed forest of northern hardwood and conifer trees with long stretches bordering scenic streams. 3.0 miles of the hike are on quiet, gravel roads and the remaining mile is on a multipurpose trails.

The trail has an elevation gain of approximately 260 feet. Average hike time is 1½ -2 ½ hours for the entire loop.

Griffith Lake from Forest Road 58   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 2 ½ - 3 hours round trip Length: 4.0 miles round trip
Griffith Lake/Baker Peak via Lake Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 4 ½ - 5 hrs round trip Length: 6.6 miles round trip to Griffith Lake 5.6 miles round trip to Baker Peak
Grout Pond Area Trails Click for more information

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.

Grout Pond Recreation Area Click for more information

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.

Hapgood Pond Recreation Area Click for more information

The Hapgood Pond Nature Trail begins either near the entrance to Hapgood Pond Recreation Area or the loop may be completed by starting the trail just north of the bath house and beach area.

The trail is approximately 1 mile long and features both hardwood and softwood ecosystems, a long span footbridge over Flood Brook and beautiful views west to Peru Peak Wilderness from the walkway over Hapgood Pond dam. Please pack out all trash and keep pets leashed in this developed recreation area.

 

Harmon Hill Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 3-4 hours round trip Length: 3.6 miles round trip
Haystack Mountain Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 2-3 hours round trip Length: 4.8 miles round trip
Lefferts Pond Area   Click for more information
Multiple Trails - Average hike time: Variable–see descriptions Length: Variable–see descriptions
Leicester Hollow Area Trails
 
Lincoln Gap West Vista Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 10 – 20 minutes Length: 0.3 miles round trip
Little Pond Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 2 ½ - 3 ½ hours round trip Length: 5.0 miles round trip
Little Rock Pond Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 1½ -2 ½ hrs round trip Length: 4.0 miles round trip
Little Rock Pond/Green Mountain Loop   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 4-5 hours Length: 6.5 mile loop
Lye Brook Falls Trail Click for more information

Hiking Trail - Average hike time3 - 4 hours round trip.  Length: 4.6 miles.

Moosalamoo Area Trails Click for more information

Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, the campground is located in close proximity to over 70 miles of trail managed for hiking, biking, cross-county skiing, horseback riding, and snowmobiling.

For the Moosalamoo Area Trails there are two trailheads: one to the north for the Oak Ridge Trail and one to the south for the Moosalamoo Trail and the southern side of the Oak Ridge Trail. 

Moosalamoo Campground Click for more information

The campground is located in close proximity to over 70 miles of trail managed for hiking, biking, cross-county skiing, horseback riding, and snowmobiling.

Moosalamoo National Recreation Area  
 
Mt. Horrid and The Great Cliff   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 1-1 ½ hrs. one way Length: 0.7 miles one way
New Boston Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 1 – 1 ½ hours one way Length: 1.2 miles one way
Prospect Rock Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 1 ½-2 ½ hours round trip Length: 3.5 miles round trip
Rattlesnake Cliffs and Aunt Jenny Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 1 ½ to 2 hours one way Length: 1.6 miles one way
Ravine Trail This area is Open Click for more information

The length of this trail is .75miles one way. The max elevation change is 280 feet, and it gets moderate use. Average hiking time on this trail is approximately 1 hour round trip. 

Robert Frost Interpretive Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 30 - 45 minutes Length: 1.2 mile loop
Robert T. Stafford White Rocks National Recreation Area  
 
Sherburne Pass Loop   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 7-8 hours Length: 12.2 miles
Silent Cliff Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 45 min. – 1 ¼ hrs. one way Length: 0.8 miles one way
Silver Lake Area Trails Click for more information

Multiple Trails - Average hike time: ¾ - 5 hours one way; see descriptions Length: 0.6 - 8.8 miles one way; see descriptions

Silver Lake Campground Click for more information

Trails in the Silver Lake Area provide day hikes 0.6 miles long to 5.5 miles long. Trails can be chained together to make hikes of many different distances and difficulties. 

Skylight Pond Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 3 ¾ - 4¾ hours round trip Length: 5.2 miles round trip
South Slope Trail This area is Open Click for more information

The length of this trail is approximately .75 miles one way. The average hiking time is approximately 1 hour and is classified as easy. 

 

Spruce Peak Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 2-3 hours round trip Length: 4.8 miles round trip
Stratton Mountain Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 5- 6 hours round trip Length: 7.6 miles round trip
Stratton Pond Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 5-6 hours round trip Length: 7.8 miles round trip
Sucker Brook Trail Click for more information

Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 1 ½ - 2 Hours Length: 1.2 miles one way

Texas Falls Area Trails Click for more information

Multiples Trails - Average hike time: Variable – see descriptions Length: Variable – see descriptions

Thundering Falls  
Hiking Trail - 900 feet of boardwalk
White Rocks Cliffs Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 2 ½ - 3 hours round trip Length: 3.2 miles round trip
White Rocks Ice Beds Trail   Click for more information
Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 1-2 hours round trip Length: 0.4 miles round trip to vistas
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Bingo  
 
Downingville  
 
Finger Lakes - Hector District
 
Green Mountain - Middlebury/Rochester District  
 
Green Mountain - Manchester District  
 
Griffith Lake from Forest Road 58  
Primitive Camping at the Lake $5 fee
Griffith Lake/Baker Peak via Lake Trail  
Primitive Camping at the Lake $5 fee
Little Rock Pond Trail   Click for more information
Primitive Camping at the Pond $5 fee - Shelters and tent platforms are available on a first come first served basis
Little Rock Pond/Green Mountain Loop   Click for more information
Primitive Camping at the Pond $5 fee - Shelters and tent platforms are available on a first come first served basis
Michigan Brook Road  
 
Old Job  
 
Romance Header  
 
Sparks Landing  
 
Steam Mill Clearing  
 
Stratton Pond Trail  
Primitive Camping - designated sites only
Texas Meadows  
 
West Hill (White River Road) & Patterson Brook Roa  
 

Area Name Status Short Description
Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests Click for more information
While the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife has the responsibility for regulating and managing sport fishing, the Forest Service manages fish habitat in the National Forest.


 

Fishing Licenses

All persons 15 years and older are required to possess a Vermont Fishing license when fishing on any land in the State, except Vermont landowners fishing on their own property. Licenses are available at town halls, most sporting goods stores and at many convenience stores near popular fishing areas.

Fishing Regulations

Current fishing regulation booklets are normally available when you buy a fishing license. You should familiarize yourself with it before you set off to go fishing.

 

Fishing Opportunities on the Green Mountain National Forest:

Private land is interspersed with the National Forest in many areas. If you will be crossing or fishing on private land please get permission from the landowner first.

Popular Fishing Areas on the Rochester Ranger District:

White River: (Route 100) Species present: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout.

Bingo Brook: (Forest Road 42) Species present: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout.

West Branch White River: (Route 73) Species present: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout.

Brandon Brook: (Route 73) Species present: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout.

Michigan Brook: (Forest Road 35) Species present: Brook Trout. Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout.

Hancock Branch: (Route 125) Species present: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout.

Popular Fishing Areas on the Middlebury Ranger District:

New Haven River: (Forest Road 201) Species present: Brook Trout.

Alder Brook: (Forest Road 68) Species present: Brook Trout.

North Branch: (Forest Road 235) Species present: Brook Trout, Brown Trout.

South Branch and Middle Branch: (Forest road 214) Species present: Brook Trout.

Chittenden Reservoir: (Dam Road) Species present: Brown Trout, Yellow Perch, Largemouth Bass.

Goshen Dam: (Forest Road 32) Species present: Brook Trout.

Popular Fishing Areas on the Manchester Ranger District:

Greendale Brook: (Forest Road 18) Species present: Brook Trout.

Griffith Brook: (Forest Road 12) Species present: Brook Trout.

Mt Tabor Brook: (Forest Road 10) Species present: Brook Trout, Brown Trout.

Flood Brook: (US Route 11) Species present: Brown Trout, Brook Trout.

Batten Kill: (Route 7A to Route 313) Species present: Brown Trout, Brook Trout.

Big Branch Brook: (Forest Road 10) Species present: Brook Trout, Brown Trout.

Hapgood Pond: (Forest Highway 3) Species present: Brook Trout.

Roaring Branch Brook : (Kelley Stand Road) Species present: Brook Trout, Brown Trout.

Beebe Pond: (Kelley Stand Road) Species present: Brook Trout.

Branch Pond: (Forest Road 70) Species present: Brook Trout.

Grout Pond: (Forest Road 262) Species present: Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, and Sunfish.

Wallingford Pond: (Forest Road 20) Species present: Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, and Sunfish.


Area Name Status Short Description
Green Mountain - Middlebury/Rochester District  
 
Green Mountain - Manchester District  
 

Area Name Status Short Description
Finger Lakes - Hector District
 
Harmon Hill Trail
 
Potomac Group Campground This area is Open Click for more information

The Potomac Group Campground provides a semi-primitive group camping experience intended for groups of 8 to 45 people. This site is excellent for family events and youth group activities. 

The Potomac Group Campground is only accessible by hiking approximately 200 yards from the parking area. No vehicles are allowed through the gate.  Facilities include a pavilion with long picnic tables, a group cooking grill, a group and individual fire rings, and two vault toilets. There are no tent pads or platforms but there are several small, flat fields suitable for tenting. No dumpster service is provided, but trash cans are available for use by campers. There is no electricity or sewer hookup and there is no artificial lighting. There is no drinking water available.

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