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WC Putnam State Forest



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.
Williams River State Forest- This relatively small state forest offers 108 acres for hunting in an area southwest of Chester, Vermont.

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Description - The 146-acre WC Putnam State Forest is located in the midsection of the state featuring a small tract of timberland. Visitors enjoy hiking, hunting and viewing wildlife. South of Grafton, is Kidder Hill Covered Bridge which spans South Branch Saxtons River.

Attractions - Located in the Places in History Travel Region, WC Putnam State Forest is a tract of public land consisting of 146 acres of timberland. Wildlife thrives in this relatively undisturbed woodland environment. Beautiful rolling mountains encircle this state forest and others including the Williams River State Forest, Grafton State Forest and Dorand State Forest. Limited recreation is offered at WC Putnam; however, nearby opportunities abound. To the south is the Grafton Ponds area, well known for cross-country skiing. To the north falls the Chester-Cambridgeport Bike Loop. Fishing in Saxton River is popular with anglers wishing to catch brown, brook and rainbow trout. In addition, several 19th century covered bridges are just a short distance away, including the Kidder Hill Bridge, a kingpost structure erected in 1870.

Recreation - Hiking, hunting and viewing wildlife are enjoyed at this state forest. Nature photography is popular as well. Nearby attractions include scenic driving amid the areas gently rolling mountains, viewing historic covered bridges, coldwater fishing and in winter, cross-country skiing abounds at the areas public tracts and private golf courses.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (above 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Places in History Travel Region has an average precipitation of more than 44 inches (more than 112 centimeters). However, along the eastern boundary of this region, precipitation drops between 36 and 40 inches (91 to 102 centimeters).

Location - From Grafton travel northwest on SR 121 about 2 miles and turning right to reach the State Forest. If you reach Houghtonville, you've traveled too far.


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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:
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.
Southern Vermont - Southern Vermont is also known as the Places in History Travel Region due to the historical significance prior to the Revolutionary War and beyond. The 20th century presented the famed artist Norman Rockwell and the city of Brattleboro boasts as the location where Rudyard Kipling produced his finest writings. Beautiful roadways lend themselves to the discovery of nearly a dozen covered bridges, many of which reside on the National Register of Historic Places.
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.
Williams River State Forest - This relatively small state forest offers 108 acres for hunting in an area southwest of Chester, Vermont.

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