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Albert C. Lord State Forest

Ascutney State Park- In 1935, the state of Vermont, with federal public works funds, purchased a 560-acre parcel from Weston Heights, Inc., and a 640-acre parcel from E.J. York. In 1938, an additional 300 acres were purchased from the Bicknell estate. This 1500-acre tract was the original area in which Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Work Group SPI began the development of Ascutney State Park in 1935. Subsequent land acquisitions have brought the total to about 2,000 acres. Mt. Ascutney is considered one of the premier hang gliding sites in New England.

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Description - The Albert C. Lord State Forest is used primarily as a source of sawtimber and remains an excellent example for timberland management. Hiking, cross-country skiing and hunting are permitted within the Forest.

Attractions - The Albert C. Lord State Forest is located in The Heart of Vermont Travel Region and is used primarily as a sawtimber source. It remains an excellent example for timberland management. Very limited recreational opportunities are available on the 64 acres. However, nearby year-round opportunities abound.

Recreation - Hunting and hiking are the primary recreations enjoyed at the State Forest. Cross-country skiing is enjoyed in winter. Numerous other public lands are located nearby offering camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, beautiful scenery and more. One such location is Ascutney State Park that lies several miles east and known for its hang gliding opportunities. Its trademark is the beautiful view of Mt. Ascutney, one of Vermont's more impressive summits. Another nearby destination is Wilgus State Park located on the state lines of Vermont and New Hampshire. This park rests on the Connecticut River making it popular with canoeists, campers and anglers. Located several miles north of Albert C. Lord State Forest is the Knapp Brook Ponds area. It offers two separate bodies of fishing water with trailerable launch sites. Anglers may expect to harvest brook trout and rainbow trout. Located south of the State Forest off SR 106 is Stoughton Pond. It encompasses 65 acres and houses populations of largemouth bass, yellow perch and rainbow trout. Also, a moment away is the Ascutney Mountain Resort, located in Brownsville. This is a private ski resort offering a vertical drop of over 1,500 feet, 31 trails of varying difficulty, snowboard area, ski lessons and more.

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 - Albert C. Lord State Forest is located southwest of Windsor. Take SR 131 to SR 106 north. Left on Greenbush Road then north on Tarbell Hill 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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