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GROTON STATE FOREST
LOCATION - The forest occupies nine areas, covering 25,625 acres, and is midway between Montpelier and St. Johnsbury.
ACTIVITIES - Camp in 28-site Big Deer Campground. Go 2 miles west of Groton on U.S. 302, then northwest 6 miles on Vermont 232, and IV2 miles east on Boulder Beach Road. Go fishing in Lake Groton, hiking along miles of trails, and attend naturalist talks.
Boulder Beach Day-Use Area has a nature center, swimming, boating with rentals available, and snacks.
Kettle Pond has year-round camping with 27 lean-tos, some located around the pond. Go fishing for trout and perch. Launch your cartop boat from the launch, go swimming, and explore miles of hiking trails, including one around the lake.
New Discovery Campground is 2 miles west of Groton on U.S. 302, then north for 9V2 miles on Vermont 232. It has 61 campsites, including 14 lean-tos, and hiking trails. You can also winter camp here. Ricker Pond Campground
has 55 campsites, including 23 lean-tos. Stillwater Campground offers 79 more sites, including 17 lean-tos, a swimming beach, and boat launch/dock facility where rental boats are available.
Go to Osmore Pond to fish for trout. Hike up 1,958-foot Owls Head Mountain or up Little Deer and Big Deer Mountain. Go cross-country skiing along summer hiking trails.
Seyon Recreation Area is beside Noyes Pond and offers boat rentals, flyfishing, and accommodations and meals in Seyon Ranch House. For information, call 802-584-3829 or 802-479-3241.
Groton State Forest
Marshfield, Vermont 05658
802-584-3820 (New Discovery Campground)
802-584-3821 (Ricker Pond Campground)
802-584-3822 (Stillwater Campground)