What to do in Groton State Forest

Groton State Forest is located in the eastern area of the state encompassing 26,154 acres. There are nine state lands within the Forest offering an array of outdoor activities from multi-use trails to splendid trout fishing ponds. The primary activity throughout the Forest include fishing, hiking and hunting. Several natural features of Groton include: Kettle Pond which is a beautifully secluded area with a lovely moss covered forest floor with rare flora including creeping snowberry, wintergreen and highbush blueberries; Peacham Bog is a unique wetland comprised of peat; and Lords Hill which rises 1,900 feet within a beautiful old hemlock and mixed hardwood forest.

Groton State Forest has provided over 200 years of logging industry to this eastern area of Vermont. There are nine state lands within the Forest offering an array of outdoor activities including terrific wildlife viewing opportunities. The area is rugged and remote yet only half-hour drive from Barre, Montpelier and St. Johnsbury. Some of the wildlife you might likely see will be river otter, mink, beaver, black bear, white-tailed deer, moose, loons, red-tailed hawks, ruffed grouse, red-breasted nuthatch and the scarlet tanager which is more frequently heard than seen because is often moves about the tree tops.

Recreation
The 26,154 acre State Forest is an outdoor recreation haven. Activities include hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, paddleboating, mountain biking, scenic drive, viewing unique natural features, hiking, backpacking, trout fishing, camping and lodging. The area provides some of the best wildlife viewing in the state including moose, black bear, otter, loons, mink, grouse, beaver and white-tailed deer.

Location
The Forest is located west of Peacham and Groton with a number of access points. The major roads that travel through the Forest are US 302 and SR 232.

Climate
Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.

Address
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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