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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.
Groton State Forest- Groton State Forest is an absolute woodland wonder offering an array of outdoor activities for every taste. There are nine state parcels within this Forest including a trail system which adjoins the parcels and their amenities. Features include trout waters and unsurpassed wildlife viewing.
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.
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 - Established in 1909, LR Jones State Forest offers primitive camping, hunting and hiking to nearby residents and visitors of the Barre and Montpelier areas. Located adjacent to Groton State Forest, a multitude of fishing, boating, sight-seeing, mountain biking and viewing large game opportunities abound. Many state parks with access to coldwater ponds are scattered throughout the area.

Attractions - Located adjacent to Groton State Forest and just minutes away from Seyon Ranch State Park, LR Jones State Forest is conveniently located near the busy metropolitan areas of Barre and Montpelier. Hiking to Spruce Mountain, elevation 3,037 feet is enjoyed as well as hunting in the dense woodland. Groton State Forest is known for its abundant recreation including cold-water fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, paddleboating and viewing the abundant wildlife including moose, black bear, fox, otter, beaver and more.

Recreation - LR Jones State Forest offers 642 acres for primitive camping, hiking and hunting. Adjacent Groton State Forest and nearby Seyon Ranch State Park offer extended hunting, fishing, mountain biking, camping and sight-seeing 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 - LR Jones State Forest is located northeast of Barre. Travel Reservoir Road to East Hill Road to Spruce Mountain Road.


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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:
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.
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.
Groton State Forest - Groton State Forest is an absolute woodland wonder offering an array of outdoor activities for every taste. There are nine state parcels within this Forest including a trail system which adjoins the parcels and their amenities. Features include trout waters and unsurpassed wildlife viewing.
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.
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.
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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