Green Mountain National Forest
If you are a snowmobile fan, you won't be troubled by the little bit extra asked of you before you use your machine in Vermont and on trails in the Green Mountain National Forest.
There are more than 2,000 miles of groomed corridor trails open to registered snowmobiles in Vermont. In addition there are 1,500 miles of secondary trails. Not all of those miles are in the GMNF, however. The extensive statewide trail system has been developed and is maintained by the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, Inc. (VAST). In the National Forest, snowmobiling is permitted only on the designated trails system.
The rule for snowmobiling in the GMNF is: Stay on designated trails. The prerequisite is registration with the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. Maps indicating trails for snowmobiles, including corridor routes groomed for high speeds, can be obtained at the Forest's District Offices in Manchester Center, Middlebury, and Rochester. National Forest officers recommend membership in VAST. Mixed ownership within the Forest means some trails use private land. Use of these lands is subject to the owners' written permission, or membership in a local snowmobile club. You may be checked for proper registration of your machine and for club membership. Fines are possible.
Cooperation is the word between VAST and the National Forest. Do your job: Register your snowmobile, join a club, and be sure you're on trails open to snowmobiles. Follow the markers: green and white for main trails and orange for secondary trails. Be alert to other trail uses such as logging and cross-country skiing. And be prepared. Check weather conditions, carry a map, don't forget food and clothing as backups if a mishap occurs.
Enjoy traveling in your National Forest. There's truly a wonderland waiting for you, filled with boreal landscapes, mountain vistas, deep forest areas seldom visited during other seasons, and the brotherhood of the trail.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication