What to do in Aitken State Forest

Aitken State Forest offers 918 acres just outside of Rutland, Vermont. The Forest offers a wonderful hike up Bald Mountain with overlooks from the 2,090 foot summit. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular winter sports. Numerous coldwater brooks are located throughout the area as well as those in nearby Green Mountain Forest and Coolidge State Forest.

Aitken State Forest is located outside of Rutland offering hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Nearby historic sites, include the Brown Covered Bridge and President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, both within an easy drive. Anglers enjoy the many cold-water fishing opportunities found in the nearby brooks and ponds.

Hiking to Bald Mountain, elevation 2,090 feet is enjoyed as well as hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The Brown Covered Bridge is just south of the Forest located near the junction of Cold River Road and Township Road 8. Coolidge State Forest, Coolidge State Park and Green Mountain National Forest offer an unlimited amount of recreation opportunities.

Aitken State Forest is located in the Heart of Vermont Travel Region just a few miles southeast of Rutland. The Forest may be accessed off Notch Road.

Winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 and 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Heart of Vermont Travel Region has diverse precipitation totals ranging from 40 to 44 inches (102 and 112 centimeters) in the center area of the region decreasing to less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the state lines of New York and New Hampshire.

103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-0601

Phone: 802-241-3670

Fax: 802-244-1481

Email: parks@fpr.anr.state.vt.us
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