What to do in Mathewson State Forest

Offering 795 acres for recreation, Mathewson State Forest offers limited opportunities including primitive camping, hiking and coldwater fishing in Mathewson Brook.

Located north of Lyndonville off Interstate 89 is Mathewson State Forest. It is comprised of mostly remote woodland excellent for primitive camping and hiking experiences. The land is nestled between the peaks of Hammond Hill on the west and Mathewson Hill on the east. Bisecting the State Forest is Mathewson Brook. Even though it is not one of the more popular fishing sites in Vermont; it yields a respectable trout catch including both brook and rainbow species. Private lands, with an average elevation of 1,500 to 2,000 feet, surround the area that is situated in the Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region encompassing 795 acres.

Mathewson State Forest offers guests an opportunity to camp at several remote sites, coldwater fish in Mathewson Brook and hike along a trail that travels from private land, into the forestland, and back out onto private land. Hunting is permitted in Mathewson and due north at the Calendar Brook Wildlife Management Area. This area is accessible north of Interstate 91 off Union House Road. Over 300 acres are available for hunting big and small game including black bear, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, gray squirrel, rabbit, partridge and woodcock.

To reach Mathewson State Forest travel north on Mathew Hill Road which is north of the tiny burg Wheelock. Travel past Hoffman Road taking the next left onto an unmarked road. This road takes you into the south side of the State Forest.

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.

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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