Primitive camping is allowed in more than half of Vermont’s state forests, adding up to 19 different areas. In addition to those discussed above, other state forests include 12,585-acre Putnam State Forest,

Most of the remaining areas are under 1,000 acres, and some are quite small. Visitors should be aware that parts of the forests are open to logging. A true wilderness experience should not be expected, but the scenery is often attractive.

Terrain is typically mountainous or hilly. Access to some of the areas is difficult. Little or no printed literature is currently available for most of the state forests.

Activities: Hunting and fishing are popular in many of the forests. Hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing are possible on a limited number of established trails. Horseback riding is feasible in some areas.

Camping Regulations: Call to check on current regulations, as some changes are anticipated by 1993. It’s also advisable to find out whether logging is going on in any particular location.

Primitive camping is presently allowed in major parts of the forests, but it’s prohibited in some areas. Campfires are generally permitted. The maximum stay in a location is three nights.

Camping is limited to elevations below 2,500 feet. Sites must also be at least 100 feet from water sources, 200 feet from trails or property lines, and 2,500 feet from roads, shelters, and developed areas. Groups of 11 or more must obtain a permit, which should be requested at least 10 days in advance by mail.

For Further Information: Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, 103 South Main Street, 10 South, Waterbury, VT 05676; (802)828-3375.


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