Description - Located in the northern half of the Green Mountain National Forest, the Middlebury / Rochester Ranger District is host to Breadloaf Wilderness and Bristol Cliff Wilderness. Year-round outdoor recreation includes multi-use trails, fishing, camping, swimming, sight-seeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and much more.
- Located in the northern half of the Green Mountain National Forest, the Middlebury / Rochester Ranger District is host to Breadloaf Wilderness and Bristol Cliff Wilderness Areas. Aside from the protected wilderness areas the Forest offers miles of multi-use trails, fishing and camping opportunities as well as wildlife viewing, nature study and winter sporting activities.
Recreation - Day hikes and long distance hikes within the Middlebury / Rochester Ranger District include 53 miles of the Long Trail. Over 23 additional hikes are offered many leading to remote shelter and pond sites. Wildlife viewing is supreme in this region offering a habitat of high elevation wetlands. The Chittenden Reservoir offers both cold-water and warm water fishing species including rainbow trout, yellow perch, walleye, largemouth bass, bullhead and panfish. Sugar Hill Reservoir is known for stocking brook trout and the nearby Silver Lake offers brook, rainbow and brown trout and several common warm water species. Camping is available at Moosalamoo and Chittenden Brook while several picnic waysides are offered along SR 73 and SR 125. Overnight shelters are located about a day's hike within each other along the Long Trail.
Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 and 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Heart of Vermont Travel Region has diverse precipitation totals ranging from 40 to 44 inches (102 and 112 centimeters) in the center area of the region decreasing to less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the state lines of New York and New Hampshire.
The Middlebury / Rochester Ranger District stretches north above US 4 up to SR 17. It falls east of US 7 and west of SR 100.