Located in southwestern and central Vermont, the Green Mountain National Forest is over 400,000 acres in size. It is the largest tract of contiguous public land in the State of Vermont. It was established in 1932 and is one of only two National Forests in New England – the other being the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. The Forest provides ample opportunity for four-season outdoor activity.
The Green Mountain National Forest is within a days drive of over 70 million people making it a popular outdoor recreation destination.
Things to Do in the Green Mountain National Forest
- Canoeing and kayaking.
- Camping – There are 6 developed campgrounds with the Green Mountain National Forest as well as opportunities for primitive or dispersed camping.
- Fishing – The streams in the National Forest are home to brook brout while the larger rivers are home to brown and rainbow trout. Lakes have bass, brown bullhead, landlocked salmon, lake trout, northern pike, and yellow perch. A Vermont fishing license is required for everyone 16 and older.
- Hunting – You may hunt for big game (bear, caribou, deer, elk, and moose), and small game (crow, fox, gray squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, ruffled grouse, turkey) in the Green Mountain National Forest. Vermont hunting licenses are required.
- Long Distance Hiking Trails – There are two long distance trails that traverse portions of the Green Mountain National Forest – the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail.
- Skiing – There are three downhill ski areas located in the Green Mountain National Forest – Bromley, Mount Snow, and Sugarbush. In addition, portions of the Catamount Trail run through the Green Mountain National Forest and there are numerous groomed Nordic ski areas.
- Trails – there are over 900 miles of mixed use trails in the Green Mountain National Forest that may be used for bicycling, cross country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. In addition, the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail is also a National Recreation Trail.
- Wildlife Viewing – People who prefer to watch or photograph wildlife can be rewarded with views of bear, birds, deer, moose, and more.
Fall Foliage in the Green Mountain National Forest
The Green Mountain National Forest has the fall foliage for which Vermont is so famous making the fall the most popular time to visit the Forest.