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Montpelier / Wells River Trail



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.
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.
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 - This wonderful 14.5 miles of trail is a converted railbed with once traveled through the Groton State Forest. Today, the trail is available to biking enthusiasts, hikers, equestrians, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers.

Attractions - Located slightly northeast of the state's capitol, the Montpelier / Wells River Trail is a 14.5 mile multi-use path along an original ballast, ranging from sand to a mix of coarse dirt and gravel. The trail is available to hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and cross-country skiers. Snowmobilers also use the route. This trail is actually part of the Cross Vermont Trail, originating in Groton State Park. The Montpelier / Wells River Trail may be accessed from Ricker Pond State Park where plenty of parking is available. From the State Park, the rail trail travels northbound through scenic woodlands to terminate in Marshfield. This recreation-rich area is known for supporting a wide variety of wildlife including black bear, moose, deer, grouse, mink, beaver, otter, fisher, loons and herons. Nearby hiking and fishing opportunities abound particularly in the Kettle Pond region. Popular hiking trails include Big Deer Mountain Trail, Owls Head Trail and Groton Nature Trail. Anglers will find success in waters such as Kettle Pond and Peacham Pond which support both warmwater and coldwater species. Many of the areas waters are regularly stocked.

Recreation - The former railroad bed is available as a multi-use trail offering plentiful wildlife viewing opportunities and very scenic views from beginning to end. Consequently, this year-round rail trail is a popular route. Shorter trails, fishing waters, picnic groves, swimming beaches, rental cabins and at least five campgrounds offer an alternative recreation.

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 - To reach Ricker Pond State Park from Groton, travel 2 miles west on US 302. Turn right on SR 232 and travel 2 miles. Parking is available at the park.


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Contact Information:
Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, 184 Portland Street , St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819, Phone: 802-748-8787

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.
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.
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.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches.
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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Vermont State Parks - Official Agency Website

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