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Camp Plymouth State Park- Camp Plymouth State Park is located in Plymouth on the east shore of Echo Lake. The total acreage is 295 acres of which 46 acres comprise the developed portion of the park. The balance (249 acres) contains hiking trails, fishing, hunting, gold panning and primitive camping, but is largely forestry oriented.
Coolidge State Park- Coolidge State Park offers 500 acres within the 18,511-acre Coolidge State Forest which is scattered throughout seven towns and is divided by SR 100 into two districts. Camping, hiking, hunting and a playground are offered.
Killington Ski Resort- Killington Resort posts the longest season in the eastern United States. The October to June ski resort offers a tremendous variety of terrain on 7 mountains covering 1,200 acres.
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site- The only president to have been born on the Fourth of July, Calvin Coolidge first saw the light of day in a small bedroom at the back of his father's store. The modest house in which he grew up is across the road and is the house to which he returned every year.
The Long Trail- The Long Trail travels north-south 265 miles from the Massachusetts state line up along the main ridge of the Green Mountains to the Canadian border. Some of New England's finest scenery may be viewed while hiking this path.

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Description - This beautiful area of Vermont is known for its numerous 3,000 foot elevations, wonderful fishing ponds, fast-moving coldwater streams and plenty of opportunities for downhill skiing. The Mendon Peak is one of the few mountains peaks within Vermont that does not offer trails, consequently the forest of spruce, balsam firm and alpine plants remain relatively undisturbed. Shrewsbury Peak is a popular hiking destination surrounded by a mixed conifer forest. Also, the Killington Ski area is located in the northern end of the Forest offering 162 trails with 49% accommodating novice skiers, 20% intermediate and 31% expert. The vertical drop is over 3,000 feet.

Attractions - This huge State Forest is a recreation haven. It offers some of Vermont's best downhill skiing opportunities, wonderful historical sites -- primarily a restored village including the birthplace and boyhood home of the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933). Many of the original furnishings may be viewed. Several natural features within the Forest include Mendon Peak and Shrewsbury Peak.

Recreation - This beautiful area of Vermont is known for its numerous 3,000 foot elevations, wonderful fishing ponds, fast-moving cold-water streams and plenty of opportunities for downhill skiing. The Killington Ski area is located in the northern end of the Forest offering 162 trails with 49% accommodating novice skiers, 20% intermediate and 31% expert. The vertical drop is over 3,000 feet. Viewing President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, along with miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails are available as well as primitive camping and hunting opportunities.

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.

Location - Coolidge State Forest is located west of Plymouth off SR 100


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Vermont Dept. of Forests Parks & Recreation, 103 South Main Street , Waterbury, VT, 05671-0601, Phone: 802-241-3670, Fax: 802-244-1481
, parks@fpr.anr.state.vt.us

Additional Information:
Aitken State Forest - Aitken State Forest has nearly 1,000 acres used primarily for hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The Forest is located just southeast of the metropolis Rutland offering immediate access to outdoor activity.
Camp Plymouth State Park - Camp Plymouth State Park is located in Plymouth on the east shore of Echo Lake. The total acreage is 295 acres of which 46 acres comprise the developed portion of the park. The balance (249 acres) contains hiking trails, fishing, hunting, gold panning and primitive camping, but is largely forestry oriented.
Central Vermont - Central Vermont is characterized by beautiful rolling green mountains, crystal clear lakes and rushing streams. Historical sites, museums, ski resorts, challenging multi-use trails, golf courses and more may be found in this picturesque New England region.
Coolidge State Park - Coolidge State Park offers 500 acres within the 18,511-acre Coolidge State Forest which is scattered throughout seven towns and is divided by SR 100 into two districts. Camping, hiking, hunting and a playground are offered.
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site - The only president to have been born on the Fourth of July, Calvin Coolidge first saw the light of day in a small bedroom at the back of his father's store. The modest house in which he grew up is across the road and is the house to which he returned every year.
The Long Trail - The Long Trail travels north-south 265 miles from the Massachusetts state line up along the main ridge of the Green Mountains to the Canadian border. Some of New England's finest scenery may be viewed while hiking this path.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.

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