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Aitken State Forest

Coolidge State Forest- Coolidge State Forest is named for the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933). Surrounding Coolidge's birthplace, this State Forest offers 18,511 acres for a variety of outdoor recreations.
Coolidge State Park- Coolidge State Park offers 500 acres within the 18,511-acre Coolidge State Forest which is scattered throughout seven towns and is divided by SR 100 into two districts. Camping, hiking, hunting and a playground are offered.
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.
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site- The only president to have been born on the Fourth of July, Calvin Coolidge first saw the light of day in a small bedroom at the back of his father's store. The modest house in which he grew up is across the road and is the house to which he returned every year.

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Description - Aitken State Forest offers 918 acres just outside of Rutland, Vermont. The Forest offers a wonderful hike up Bald Mountain with overlooks from the 2,090 foot summit. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular winter sports. Numerous coldwater brooks are located throughout the area as well as those in nearby Green Mountain Forest and Coolidge State Forest.

Attractions - Aitken State Forest is located outside of Rutland offering hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Nearby historic sites, include the Brown Covered Bridge and President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, both within an easy drive. Anglers enjoy the many cold-water fishing opportunities found in the nearby brooks and ponds.

Recreation - Hiking to Bald Mountain, elevation 2,090 feet is enjoyed as well as hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The Brown Covered Bridge is just south of the Forest located near the junction of Cold River Road and Township Road 8. Coolidge State Forest, Coolidge State Park and Green Mountain National Forest offer an unlimited amount of recreation opportunities.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 and 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Heart of Vermont Travel Region has diverse precipitation totals ranging from 40 to 44 inches (102 and 112 centimeters) in the center area of the region decreasing to less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the state lines of New York and New Hampshire.

Location - Aitken State Forest is located in the Heart of Vermont Travel Region just a few miles southeast of Rutland. The Forest may be accessed off Notch Road.

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Vermont Dept. of Forests Parks & Recreation, 103 South Main Street , Waterbury, VT, 05671-0601, Phone: 802-241-3670, Fax: 802-244-1481
, parks@fpr.anr.state.vt.us

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Central Vermont - Central Vermont is characterized by beautiful rolling green mountains, crystal clear lakes and rushing streams. Historical sites, museums, ski resorts, challenging multi-use trails, golf courses and more may be found in this picturesque New England region.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.


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