What to do in LR Jones State Forest

Established in 1909, LR Jones State Forest offers primitive camping, hunting and hiking to nearby residents and visitors of the Barre and Montpelier areas. Located adjacent to Groton State Forest, a multitude of fishing, boating, sight-seeing, mountain biking and viewing large game opportunities abound. Many state parks with access to coldwater ponds are scattered throughout the area.

Located adjacent to Groton State Forest and just minutes away from Seyon Ranch State Park, LR Jones State Forest is conveniently located near the busy metropolitan areas of Barre and Montpelier. Hiking to Spruce Mountain, elevation 3,037 feet is enjoyed as well as hunting in the dense woodland. Groton State Forest is known for its abundant recreation including cold-water fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, paddleboating and viewing the abundant wildlife including moose, black bear, fox, otter, beaver and more.

LR Jones State Forest offers 642 acres for primitive camping, hiking and hunting. Adjacent Groton State Forest and nearby Seyon Ranch State Park offer extended hunting, fishing, mountain biking, camping and sight-seeing opportunities.

LR Jones State Forest is located northeast of Barre. Travel Reservoir Road to East Hill Road to Spruce Mountain 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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