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Long Trail State Forest- Long Trail State Forest is a long slender parcel located in northern Vermont near the Canadian border. The Forest encompasses 5,459 acres and is established as protected land for the Long Trail.
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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Description - Jay State Forest is located in northern Vermont offering downhill and cross-country skiing opportunities. Over 1,300 acres are available to winter sport enthusiasts. The private ski resort offers 50 trails which include 20% novice, 55% intermediate and 25% expert. Total vertical drop is 2,153 feet.

Long Trail hikers find their trail bisecting the Forest. Jay Peak Trail offers 3.5 miles of moderately difficult terrain ascending an elevation of 1,680 feet to the 3,861 Jay Peak. Beautiful views of Green Mountain National Forest, Owls Head (Quebec), and even New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest can be seen.

Attractions - Jay State Forest is leased to a private ski resort offering downhill skiing, snowboarding, instruction and rental. Fifty trails include 20% beginner, 55% intermediate and 25% expert. Total vertical drop is 2,153 feet. Several miles of the Long Trail bisect the Forest. Jay Peak Trail, which offers wonderful views of two national forests, overlaps the Long Trail for a segment.

Recreation - Downhill skiing, snowboarding, equipment rental and ski instruction are offered at Jay State Forest. Hiking the Long Trail and the Jay Peak Trail are also enjoyed.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.

Location - From Montgomery Center travel east along SR 242 for several miles.


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Contact Information:
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

Additional Information:
Long Trail State Forest - Long Trail State Forest is a long slender parcel located in northern Vermont near the Canadian border. The Forest encompasses 5,459 acres and is established as protected land for the Long Trail.
Northern Vermont - Northern Vermont stretches between America's sixth largest lake and the state line of New Hampshire, this region offers an array of outdoor activities from boating and fishing to mountain hikes and moose hunting.
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.
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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