What to do in Mt. Mansfield State Forest

Mountain peaks abound in this area offering some of the state's most impressive natural scenery. Mt. Mansfield stands at 4,393 feet and is the tallest peak in Vermont. More than a dozen mountains cut through the area with numerous trout streams and several large bodies of water including Lake Mansfield and Waterbury Reservoir. Camping, fishing, hiking and hunting are offered. Privately owned downhill ski resorts abound.

Mt. Mansfield State Forest offers over a dozen mountain peaks towering thousands of feet above several bodies of water and numerous fast-moving streams where cold-water fishing opportunities abound. Mt. Mansfield stands at 4,393 feet and is the tallest peak in Vermont. This area has four state parks: Little River State Park, Underhill State Park, Waterbury Center and Smuggler's Notch. Natural attractions include Cantilever Rock which is an obelisk-like rock jutting 60 feet above ground wedged into a cliff; Smugglers Notch which became a famous commerce passageway in the early 1800's; and Mt. Mansfield Natural Area which has over 3,800 acres and is known as the largest alpine area in Vermont and home to bog-laurel, mountain cranberry, wild columbine and highlands rush.

Sight-seeing, trout fishing, hiking, backpacking, scenic driving, camping, snowmobiling and downhill skiing and more are offered in this very popular resort and recreation haven.

Mt. Mansfield has a few access roads, one of the most popular being SR 108 (northwest of Stowe) which bisects the Forest. You can also take Nebraska Ville Road off SR 100 south of Stowe.

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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