Vermont’s Groton State Forest for Nature Lovers

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Groton State Forest, Vermont Almost logged to extinction in the late 19th century, the forest on the Vermont–New Hampshire border now covers 25,000 acres and sustains wildlife, including moose, black bear, mink, otters, and countless species of woodland birds.

West of Groton and Peacham, Vermont

The nine recreation areas in this beautiful forest offer opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities throughout the summer and in winter as well. The forest, a mix of hemlocks, birches, maples, and other hardwoods, is threaded with trails for hiking, snowmobiling, and nature study. In several of the areas, inviting campsites can be found.

The Boulder Beach State Park is on Lake Groton, the largest body of water in the forest. Here the dense woods, which elsewhere come right down to the edge of the lake, have given way to a pleasant sandy beach studded with large boulders deposited by a glacier thousands of years ago. On your way to the beach, look for a massive boulder with a large paper birch growing from the top. A brisk bubbling stream runs alongside.

Dedicated trout fishermen may want to seek out Seyon Pond in the Seyon Ranch State Park, where fly casting is permitted only from boats and canoes. From Groton go west on Rte. 32 for three miles. Turn right on Seyon Pond Rd. and go three miles to the park entrance.

Boulder Beach area open early June–Labor Day; accessible year-round. Seyon area open early May–Oct.

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