Description - Located in the southern half of the Green Mountain National Forest, the Manchester Ranger District is host to White Rocks National Recreation Area, Big Branch Wilderness, Peru Peak Wilderness, Lye Brook Wilderness and George D. Aitken Wilderness. Year-round outdoor recreation includes multi-use trails, fishing, camping, swimming, sight-seeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and much more.
- Located in the southern half of the Green Mountain National Forest, the Manchester Ranger District is host to White Rocks National Recreation Area, Big Branch Wilderness, Peru Peak Wilderness, Lye Brook Wilderness and George D. Aitken Wilderness. The area 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 Manchester Ranger District include the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail. There is a combined total of 185 miles of trails. The Hapgood Pond in Peru, Greendale in Weston and Grout Pond in Stratton offer camping. Several offer free primitive camping while others offer shelters for a small fee. Picnicking is offered at White Rocks, Big Branch and Hapgood. There are 181 miles of forest road available for mountain bikers and equestrians. Numerous ponds and streams offer a variety of fishing opportunities. Swimming is permitted at Hapgood Pond. Winter sports abound with 450 miles of trails offered for snowmobiling and 25 miles offered for cross-country skiing. ATVs are permitted on 25 miles of trail during the winter months. Hunting is restricted only near recreational areas and the Appalachian and Long Trail. Eighteen winter plowed and summer trailhead parking lots are scattered through the Ranger District.
Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (above 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Places in History Travel Region has an average precipitation of more than 44 inches (more than 112 centimeters). However, along the eastern boundary of this region, precipitation drops between 36 and 40 inches (91 to 102 centimeters).
The Manchester Ranger District stretches from the state line of Massachusetts up to SR 140 above White Rocks. It lies east of Bennington and west of the Wilmington and Londonderry areas.