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Boulder Beach State Park- Boulder Beach State Park is a day use park offering 75 shady picnic sites, a 200-foot beach for swimming along with an adjacent playground. Boat rental and cartop boat launching facilities available.
Kettle Pond State Park- Kettle Pond State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This lovely secluded park offers wonderful fishing and wildlife viewing.
LR Jones State Forest- Established in 1909 as Vermont's first state forest, LR Jones offers 642 acres adjacent to Groton State Forest with features including Bald Hill and Potter Brook. Primitive camping, hiking and hunting are enjoyed year-round.
Montpelier / Wells River Trail- Falling within the Ricker Pond area of Groton State Forest, this rail trail is 14.5 miles long and is available to bicyclists, horseback riders, hikers and winter cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
New Discovery State Park- New Discovery State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This lovely park offers access to Osmore Pond which has wonderful fishing and wildlife viewing.
Ricker Pond State Park- Ricker Pond State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This lovely park is a popular destination due to the amount of amenities offered.
Seyon Ranch State Park- Nestled alongside Noyes Pond and the eastern base of Spruce Mountain, Seyon Ranch State Park is a natural habitat for squaretail trout and supports a plentiful trout fishery. In addition to fly fishing, visitors can observe many forms of native wildlife, including moose.
Stillwater State Park- Stillwater State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This lovely park rests directly on the shores of Lake Groton bisected by Stillwater Brook.

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Description - Groton State Forest is located in the eastern area of the state encompassing 26,154 acres. There are nine state lands within the Forest offering an array of outdoor activities from multi-use trails to splendid trout fishing ponds. The primary activity throughout the Forest include fishing, hiking and hunting. Several natural features of Groton include: Kettle Pond which is a beautifully secluded area with a lovely moss covered forest floor with rare flora including creeping snowberry, wintergreen and highbush blueberries; Peacham Bog is a unique wetland comprised of peat; and Lords Hill which rises 1,900 feet within a beautiful old hemlock and mixed hardwood forest.

Attractions - Groton State Forest has provided over 200 years of logging industry to this eastern area of Vermont. There are nine state lands within the Forest offering an array of outdoor activities including terrific wildlife viewing opportunities. The area is rugged and remote yet only half-hour drive from Barre, Montpelier and St. Johnsbury. Some of the wildlife you might likely see will be river otter, mink, beaver, black bear, white-tailed deer, moose, loons, red-tailed hawks, ruffed grouse, red-breasted nuthatch and the scarlet tanager which is more frequently heard than seen because is often moves about the tree tops.

Recreation - The 26,154 acre State Forest is an outdoor recreation haven. Activities include hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, paddleboating, mountain biking, scenic drive, viewing unique natural features, hiking, backpacking, trout fishing, camping and lodging. The area provides some of the best wildlife viewing in the state including moose, black bear, otter, loons, mink, grouse, beaver and white-tailed deer.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.

Location - The Forest is located west of Peacham and Groton with a number of access points. The major roads that travel through the Forest are US 302 and SR 232.


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Contact Information:
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:
Big Deer State Park - This area is used based on the need of Stillwater Campground. There's easy access to the Nature Center and miles of hiking trails. Unique natural areas are nearby including Kettle Pond and Peacham Bog.
Boulder Beach State Park - Boulder Beach State Park is a day use park offering 75 shady picnic sites, a 200-foot beach for swimming along with an adjacent playground. Boat rental and cartop boat launching facilities available.
Kettle Pond State Park - Kettle Pond State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This lovely secluded park offers wonderful fishing and wildlife viewing.
LR Jones State Forest - Established in 1909 as Vermont's first state forest, LR Jones offers 642 acres adjacent to Groton State Forest with features including Bald Hill and Potter Brook. Primitive camping, hiking and hunting are enjoyed year-round.
Montpelier / Wells River Trail - Falling within the Ricker Pond area of Groton State Forest, this rail trail is 14.5 miles long and is available to bicyclists, horseback riders, hikers and winter cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
New Discovery State Park - New Discovery State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This lovely park offers access to Osmore Pond which has wonderful fishing and wildlife viewing.
Northern Vermont - Northern Vermont stretches between America's sixth largest lake and the state line of New Hampshire, this region offers an array of outdoor activities from boating and fishing to mountain hikes and moose hunting.
Ricker Pond State Park - Ricker Pond State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This lovely park is a popular destination due to the amount of amenities offered.
Seyon Ranch State Park - Nestled alongside Noyes Pond and the eastern base of Spruce Mountain, Seyon Ranch State Park is a natural habitat for squaretail trout and supports a plentiful trout fishery. In addition to fly fishing, visitors can observe many forms of native wildlife, including moose.
Stillwater State Park - Stillwater State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This lovely park rests directly on the shores of Lake Groton bisected by Stillwater Brook.
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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