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Little River State Park- Between 1935 and 1938 the Civilian Conservation Corps in cooperation with the Corps of Engineers constructed Waterbury Reservoir after several local severe floods. The park began development in 1962 and today offers camping, swimming, hiking and much more.
Smugglers Notch State Park- Smugglers Notch is a narrow pass through the mountain with 1,000 foot cliffs on either side. In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson passed an embargo act forbidding American trade with Great Britain and Canada, thus resulting in illegal trading through the narrow passage. Today the park serves as host to a number of alpine plant species while offering spectacular viewing to its visitors.
Stowe Mountain Resort- Stowe Mountain Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in the East. With 47 trails and skiing elevations nearly 4,000 feet high, this year-round resort offers 10 lifts, with an hourly capacity of over 12,000.
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.
Underhill State Park- Underhill State Park is within Vermont's 34,000-acre Mt. Mansfield State Forest. The park lies at the headwaters of Brown's River at an elevation of 2,000 feet.
Waterbury Center State Park- Waterbury Center State Park lies on the easterly trivium of Waterbury Reservoir, a quarter mile off SR 100. It is an integral recreation resource in Central Vermont and one of the newer park facilities within Mount Mansfield State Forest.

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Description - Mountain peaks abound in this area offering some of the state's most impressive natural scenery. Mt. Mansfield stands at 4,393 feet and is the tallest peak in Vermont. More than a dozen mountains cut through the area with numerous trout streams and several large bodies of water including Lake Mansfield and Waterbury Reservoir. Camping, fishing, hiking and hunting are offered. Privately owned downhill ski resorts abound.

Attractions - Mt. Mansfield State Forest offers over a dozen mountain peaks towering thousands of feet above several bodies of water and numerous fast-moving streams where cold-water fishing opportunities abound. Mt. Mansfield stands at 4,393 feet and is the tallest peak in Vermont. This area has four state parks: Little River State Park, Underhill State Park, Waterbury Center and Smuggler's Notch. Natural attractions include Cantilever Rock which is an obelisk-like rock jutting 60 feet above ground wedged into a cliff; Smugglers Notch which became a famous commerce passageway in the early 1800's; and Mt. Mansfield Natural Area which has over 3,800 acres and is known as the largest alpine area in Vermont and home to bog-laurel, mountain cranberry, wild columbine and highlands rush.

Recreation - Sight-seeing, trout fishing, hiking, backpacking, scenic driving, camping, snowmobiling and downhill skiing and more are offered in this very popular resort and recreation haven.

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 - Mt. Mansfield has a few access roads, one of the most popular being SR 108 (northwest of Stowe) which bisects the Forest. You can also take Nebraska Ville Road off SR 100 south of Stowe.


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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
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Additional Information:
Little River State Park - Between 1935 and 1938 the Civilian Conservation Corps in cooperation with the Corps of Engineers constructed Waterbury Reservoir after several local severe floods. The park began development in 1962 and today offers camping, swimming, hiking and much more.
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.
Smugglers Notch State Park - Smugglers Notch is a narrow pass through the mountain with 1,000 foot cliffs on either side. In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson passed an embargo act forbidding American trade with Great Britain and Canada, thus resulting in illegal trading through the narrow passage. Today the park serves as host to a number of alpine plant species while offering spectacular viewing to its visitors.
Stowe Mountain Resort - Stowe Mountain Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in the East. With 47 trails and skiing elevations nearly 4,000 feet high, this year-round resort offers 10 lifts, with an hourly capacity of over 12,000.
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.
Underhill State Park - Underhill State Park is within Vermont's 34,000-acre Mt. Mansfield State Forest. The park lies at the headwaters of Brown's River at an elevation of 2,000 feet.
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.
Waterbury Center State Park - Waterbury Center State Park lies on the easterly trivium of Waterbury Reservoir, a quarter mile off SR 100. It is an integral recreation resource in Central Vermont and one of the newer park facilities within Mount Mansfield State Forest.

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