DescriptionExtending the length of Vermont, the Green Mountains comprise several distinct ranges. The highest peaks lie in the north; several—including Mount Mansfield , the tallest mountain in Vermont—exceed 4,000 feet.
The 420,000-acre Green Mountain National Forest was established in 1932 after uncontrolled logging, fire and flooding had ravaged Vermont. It stretches across nearly two-thirds of the state's length, following the main range of the Green Mountains. The forest is divided into two sections. The southern half extends from the Vermont-Massachusetts border to SR 140 near Wallingford; the northern half extends from US 4 northeast of Rutland to SR 17 near Bristol.
The forest encompasses eight wilderness areas as well as the White Rocks National Recreation Area, south of Wallingford, and the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, east of Lake Dunmore. Ranger stations are located at 2538 Depot St. in Manchester Center, phone (802) 362-2307; 1007 SR 7S in Middlebury, phone (802) 388-4362; and 99 Ranger Rd. in Rochester, phone (802) 767-4261.
Natural resources in this area play an important role in the economy of Vermont and the Northeast. In addition, the region's scenic beauty and a broad range of recreational opportunities attract thousands of visitors annually. Along with 60,000 acres of designated wilderness, there are 900 miles of hiking trails—including the Appalachian/Long Trail and the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail—approximately 400 miles of snowmobile trails, seven cross-country ski areas and three downhill ski areas.
Developed campgrounds (no RV hook-ups) and picnic sites are available as well. For more information, phone (802) 747-6700.