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December 16, 2014

Join Vermont State Parks for Fun, Guided, First Day Hikes

Start the New Year on the right foot with a hike in a Vermont State Park. Join a free, guided, easy, family hikes taking place in state parks and forests throughout the state. Professional guides and outdoor educators will lead the way, sharing their knowledge and love of the Vermont outdoors. Don't need a guide? Then get outside at the state park or forest of your choice. They are always available and close by to all of us. Entry is free and you will discover a whole new world in the winter.

Bring the whole family! Dress for the weather; bring snowshoes if there is a lot of snow. Bring some beverages and snacks. Dogs are welcome (on leash) unless otherwise noted. You don't need to pre-register, just show up. To check the status of the hikes call 802-249-1230. Update messages will be posted on December 31st and January 1st. Check out our website at and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information and more hikes as they are added.

Underhill State Park: Meet: 1:00 pm at gate just below Underhill State Park on Mountain Road, in Underhill Center. Hike: 3 hours, easy to moderate terrain.

Groton Nature Center, Big Deer State Park: Meet: 1:00 pm at Groton State Forest Nature Center parking area on Boulder Beach Road, 1.6 miles from Route 232. Hike: 1+ hour loop hike across multiple trails - easy terrain.

Molly Stark State Park: Meet: 10:00 am at cul de sac across the street from the park entrance on Route 9. Hike: 2 hours +/-, moderate terrain on park roads and trails following the ridge to Hogback Mountain

Bald Mountain, Aitken State Forest: Meet: 11:00 am meet at the Frontage Road, just to the southeast of the Rutland fire station (Route 7 & Center Street). Hike: Approximately 3.5 miles with some steep climbing.

Grand Isle State Park: Meet:10:00 am by park office. Hike: 1 hour, easy loop hike on Ironwood Nature Trail.

Little River State Park: Meet: 10:00 am in parking area two miles up Little River Road. Hike: Easy, 1+ miles, 100 ft. climb to flat trail through historic remains of CCC Camp Smith to waterfall. Please leave dogs at home.

Silver Lake State Park: Meet: 1:00 pm at the Town Clerk Office parking lot in Barnard (100 yards from the park entrance). Hike: 1.5 hours, easy guided nature walk.

Niquette Bay State Park: Meet: noon at trailhead in State Park. Hike: 1.5 miles, 2 hours, moderate.

Camelís Hump State Park: Hike and meeting details TBA

Contact: Jessica Savage,, 802-249-1230; or Craig Whipple,, 802-343-5318

Source: Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Last Updated at: December 16, 2014 12:21:29