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Dorand State Forest- Dorand State Forest is a fairly secluded woodland offering wildlife viewing and primitive camping. Hiking and hunting are also enjoyed.
Grafton State Forest- Grafton State Forest is primarily undeveloped land comprising 203 acres of land for primitive camping, hunting, hiking and cross-country skiing.
WC Putnam State Forest- WC Putnam State Forest is located in the midsection of the state north of Grafton. Primarily a timber tract, the Forest does offer hiking and hunting.

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Description - Williams River State Forest located along the banks of South Branch Williams River offers 108 acres for hunting.

Attractions - Williams River State Forest is located in the midsection of Vermont nestled along the shores of South Branch Williams River. It falls several miles east of the Green Mountain National Forest amid a scenic, gently rolling mountain territory. Framed by fast flowing cold streams, this area and other nearby public tracts draw anglers, campers, hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. Williams River State Forest consists of 108 acres and is used primarily as a hunting and wildlife viewing ground. Nearby public lands abound including the WC Putnam State Forest, Grafton State Forest and Dorand State Forest. These are maintained primarily as a timber resource. Visitors traveling south from the State Forest will find the Grafton Ponds area, well known for cross-country skiing while travelers heading northwest may venture onto the Chester-Cambridgeport Bike Loop. Fishing in the South Branch Williams River is extremely popular. Both warmwater and coldwater species abound including largemouth and smallmouth bass, bullhead, pan fish, yellow perch, chain pickerel, northern pike, walleye, brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout. Anglers will also find success a little farther south in the Saxton River, which supports brown, brook and rainbow trout. Westward is another successful fishing opportunity, Lowell Lake. It houses warmwater species and has a boat launch along its southern shoreline. Cross-country skiers enjoy this region in winter. History buffs will find several 19th century covered bridges within a short driving distance.

Recreation - At this writing, Williams River State Forest only offers hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities. Amid this scenic mountain area, cross-country and downhill private resorts thrive, including Tater Hill Ski Resort. Nearby fishing waters include the South Branch Williams River and the Saxton River. Hunting and hiking are offered at nearby Grafton State Forest, WC Putnam State Forest and Dorand State Forest. Green Mountain National Forest shadows this public parcel, offering endless recreations from hiking and mountain biking to whitewater boating and backcountry camping.

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 Chester Area travel southwest on SR 35 turning right (west) onto Popple Dungeon Road. Take this road several miles following the South Branch Williams River. The State Forest begins just after Ethan Allen Road.


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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.
Dorand State Forest - Dorand State Forest is a fairly secluded woodland offering wildlife viewing and primitive camping. Hiking and hunting are also enjoyed.
Grafton State Forest - Grafton State Forest is primarily undeveloped land comprising 203 acres of land for primitive camping, hunting, hiking and cross-country skiing.
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.
WC Putnam State Forest - WC Putnam State Forest is located in the midsection of the state north of Grafton. Primarily a timber tract, the Forest does offer hiking and hunting.

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