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Description - Mt. Cushman State Forest lies between the Green Mountain National Forest and the small towns of Randolph and Bethel. Mt. Cushman's peak stands at 2,750 feet located at the north end of the state parcel.

Attractions - Sixteen acres of land, located in the Heart of Vermont Travel Region, offers a scenic hiking trail to Mt. Cushman, elevation 2,750 feet. The peak rests at the north end of the State Forest amid an area lush with rolling mountain peaks averaging 2,000 feet above sea level. A fire tower once offered sweeping views but has since been removed.

Recreation - Hiking is enjoyed along the ridge leading to Mt. Cushman. Hunting opportunities teem just north and south of the State Forest. Lying to the north is Rochester Wildlife Management Area that supports populations of black bear, white-tailed deer, rabbit, partridge and woodcock. Hunting is permitted throughout the 251-acre parcel. Just south of the State Forest is Riley Bostwick Wildlife Management Area offering 351 acres for the harvest of black bear, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, gray squirrel, rabbit, partridge and woodcock. Several miles west, State Routes 73 and 125 serve as principal entrances to Green Mountain National 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 - Mt. Cushman State Forest is located east of Rochester. Access is strictly on foot.

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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:
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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