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Description - The main thrust of Washington State Forest is to provide the state with timber resources. The Forest encompasses 430 acres and offers limited recreation opportunities including primitive camping, fishing, hiking and hunting.

Attractions - Washington State Forest is located between the towns of Chelsea and Washington, both south of Barre, Vermont. Surrounded by beautiful 2,000-foot peaks, this 430-acre public tract is used primarily as a timber resource. Limited recreation opportunities are offered. The Washington Wildlife Management Area rests moments south of the State Forest, accessible from Riders Corner and from Taylors Road running east of South Washington. The wildlife area has a trail bisecting the 260 acres offering hunters a point of reference from which they may harvest black bear, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, gray squirrel, rabbit, partridge and woodcock.

Recreation - Hiking, hunting and primitive camping are the recreations offered at Washington State Forest. The Cookeville Brook frames the northern boundary offering limited fishing. Several nearby hiking trails begin along the north side of Washington Road and travel to the ridges of Duplissey Hill, Mayston Hill and Michigan Hill. Each of these peaks towers above 2,000 feet. Brooks and swamps must be negotiated.

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 - From the town of Washington travel south on Corinth Road approximately 5 - 7 miles to reach the State Forest.

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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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