Often referred to as the “granite backbone” of Vermont, the Green Mountain National Forest offers an unparalleled recreation experience near Rutland, VT. This 399,151-acre area is the biggest contiguous land mass in the state and is accessible year-round. The forest supports a variety of wildlife including beaver, moose, coyote, black bear, and white-tailed deer. It’s also home to eight cascading waterfalls. No matter what time of year you visit, a trip to Green Mountain National Forest will leave you with lasting memories. Here are some of our favorite things to do there.
Spend a Day in the Green Mountain National Forest
The Green Mountain National Forest is full of hiking opportunities for visitors of all interests and abilities. It contains three nationally designated trails, including parts of the Appalachian Trail, the Long Trail, and the Robert Frost National Recreation Trail. The forest also offers three alpine ski areas, seven Nordic ski areas, and approximately 900 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and bicycling. Be sure to download a trail map before heading out!
Points of Interest
Hapgood Pond Recreation Area: Hapgood Pond was the first land acquired by the Green Mountain National Forest and is a great place to spend the afternoon. It consists of a campground, open day-use areas, picnic spots with tables and grills, a 0.8-mile nature trail, and a beach for swimming. Drinking fountains and restrooms are also located throughout the area.
Robert Frost Interpretive Trail: This unique hiking trail commemorates Robert Frost’s poetry. Several of his poems are mounted along the trail, and blueberries and huckleberries grow in an old field at the far end of the trail. It’s an interesting and easy walk for guests of all ages so be sure to check it out!
Thundering Falls: Thundering Falls is the sixth tallest waterfall in Vermont. It tumbles 140 feet through a steep, narrow cataract and offers great views of the Ottauquechee Valley from the top. The falls are also the site of a historic mill that’s powered by the energy of the falling water. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Start Planning Your Trip
Not sure when to visit the forest? Getaway Vacations has you covered. The most popular season is autumn when the mountains are ablaze with color. We recommend taking a scenic drive to admire the area’s spectacular beauty. Summer is ideal for camping, hiking, fishing, and canoeing, and winter attracts colorfully-clad skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoe enthusiasts. When spring rolls around, grab a picnic basket and enjoy eating lunch amongst the blooming wildflowers. With so much to do and see, any time is a great time to visit the Green Mountain National Forest!
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