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Downer State Forest

Thetford Hill State Forest- Located along Vermont's eastern border, this 262 acre state forest offers wonderful views of the Connecticut River Valley while providing winter habitat for white-tailed deer.
Thetford State Park- Thetford Hills State Park offers 262 acres near the Connecticut River. Hiking trails and cross-country skiing trails are enjoyed by campers, picnickers and others.

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Description - Downer State Forest lies in the midsection of Vermont on 705 acres with limited recreation. The area is used mostly for forest demonstration. Hiking is available and hunting is enjoyed as well. The CCC Pond offers a small boat launch and anglers can expect to catch warm water species.

Attractions - Downer State Forest is lies just off SR 132 east of South Royalton and Sharon. This small State Forest offers hiking and hunting along with warm water catches in the CCC Pond. There is also a small boat launching ramp. This busy area of Vermont has a lot to offer the outdoor enthusiast. Amity Pond Natural Area, White River, Justin Smith Morrill Historical Site, Union Village Dam Project and Thetford Hills State Forest are all within a few minutes drive.

Recreation - Fishing, hiking and hunting are enjoyed at the scenic 705 acre Forest.

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 - Downer State Forest is located just north of Sharon (and Interstate 89, Exit 2). Travel north on Quation Brook Road. The road will fork and you will want to bear right onto Beaver Meadow Road. Make an almost immediate left onto Downer Road which carries you to the Forest.

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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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