Grout Pond Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Grout Pond

Grout Pond Recreation Area is available for year-round recreation. The recreation area is a great destination for camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and fishing all based around the 80 acre Grout Pond. Over 10 miles of multipurpose non-motorized trails are available for enjoyment. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year-round. Day-Use Areas open from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Reservations: Most campsites are available for reservations at least 4 days in advance online through
Fees Camping Fee:
  • $16.00 per site per night
Fees are paid at the self-service pay station located near the entrance to the site.
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 12:00 PM.
  • Maximum stay is 14 days in any 30-day period.
Closest Towns:
  • Food and Services: West Wardsboro or Arlington.  
  • Emergency Information: Call 911. The Recreation Area is in the Town of Stratton, off Forest Road 262, # 207 Grout Pond Road.
Water: A handpump providing potable water near the lower parking lot available mid-May through October.
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 Grout Pond Road 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 Grout Pond Road and follow to the end.

General Notes:

Grout Pond Trails

  • Camp Loop - .9 miles, Easy 
  • East Trail - 3.2 miles, Easy-Moderate, but very wet, not recommended for summer use
  • Hill Top Trail .8 miles Moderate
  • Pond Loop 2.6 miles Easy
  • West Trail 2.8 mies Moderate

Additional Resources

Near the parking area there is a 200-foot carry-in boat launch, a hand pump for drinking water (available Mid May — October,) a vault toilet, and a day-use picnic area with grills. 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. 


There is a larger parking area near the pond for walk-in campground and day use.  

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

Camping is allowed in 17 designated sites.  A fee is charged during the campground operating season which runs from mid-May  through October. See at-a-glance fee schedule for more information. Most campsites are available for reservations at least 4 days in advance online through

There is a host cabin but it is not available to the public at this time. Near the cabin there are 6 vehicle accessible campsites and a vault toilet. There are no showers or hook-ups.

At various locations along the northeastern shore of the pond there are 11 campsites - 2 of which have shelters that each sleep 6.  All campsites are walk-in. Seven of these campsites can be reached by a non-motorized boat. Some campsites have a picnic table, a tent platform or pad, and a fire ring.  Tents must be placed on the tent pads or the platforms provided at walk-in sites 1-11.


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Max. elevation change: 260 feet