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Description - Located in the southern half of the Green Mountain National Forest, the Manchester Ranger District is host to White Rocks National Recreation Area, Big Branch Wilderness, Peru Peak Wilderness, Lye Brook Wilderness and George D. Aitken Wilderness. Year-round outdoor recreation includes multi-use trails, fishing, camping, swimming, sight-seeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and much more.

Attractions - Located in the southern half of the Green Mountain National Forest, the Manchester Ranger District is host to White Rocks National Recreation Area, Big Branch Wilderness, Peru Peak Wilderness, Lye Brook Wilderness and George D. Aitken Wilderness. The area offers miles of multi-use trails, fishing and camping opportunities as well as wildlife viewing, nature study and winter sporting activities.

Recreation - Day hikes and long distance hikes within the Manchester Ranger District include the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail. There is a combined total of 185 miles of trails. The Hapgood Pond in Peru, Greendale in Weston and Grout Pond in Stratton offer camping. Several offer free primitive camping while others offer shelters for a small fee. Picnicking is offered at White Rocks, Big Branch and Hapgood. There are 181 miles of forest road available for mountain bikers and equestrians. Numerous ponds and streams offer a variety of fishing opportunities. Swimming is permitted at Hapgood Pond. Winter sports abound with 450 miles of trails offered for snowmobiling and 25 miles offered for cross-country skiing. ATVs are permitted on 25 miles of trail during the winter months. Hunting is restricted only near recreational areas and the Appalachian and Long Trail. Eighteen winter plowed and summer trailhead parking lots are scattered through the Ranger District.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (above 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Places in History Travel Region has an average precipitation of more than 44 inches (more than 112 centimeters). However, along the eastern boundary of this region, precipitation drops between 36 and 40 inches (91 to 102 centimeters).

Location - The Manchester Ranger District stretches from the state line of Massachusetts up to SR 140 above White Rocks. It lies east of Bennington and west of the Wilmington and Londonderry areas.


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Filed By: Brian Sniatkowski (kinnelon, nj)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Haystack Mtn 11/29/03. A brutal, snowy and windy day. Gust easily topped 60 mph and trees were leaning precariously over the trail. A good portion of the trail had turned practically into a stream thanks to the previous night's rain. The excellent summit views were non existent thanks to the snow and fog. Thought I hear this is a popular hike, we only ran into two other groups of hikers. One turned around before reaching the summit and the other arrived just behind us.


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Contact Information:
Manchester Ranger District, RR #1, Box 1940, Route 11 and 30 , Manchester Center, VT, 05255, Phone: 802-362-2307

Additional Information:
Green Mountain National Forest - Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest represents 50 percent of all public lands in Vermont. Its hills and mountains, ponds and brooks provide a recreation jewel.
Rupert State Forest - Rupert State Forest is located in the southwestern area of the state offering hiking, hunting and snowmobiling in winter.
Southern Vermont - Southern Vermont is also known as the Places in History Travel Region due to the historical significance prior to the Revolutionary War and beyond. The 20th century presented the famed artist Norman Rockwell and the city of Brattleboro boasts as the location where Rudyard Kipling produced his finest writings. Beautiful roadways lend themselves to the discovery of nearly a dozen covered bridges, many of which reside on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Long Trail - The Long Trail travels north-south 265 miles from the Massachusetts state line up along the main ridge of the Green Mountains to the Canadian border. Some of New England's finest scenery may be viewed while hiking this path.

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