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Mt. Mansfield State Forest- Mt. Mansfield is State Forest is Vermont's largest forest encompassing 37,242 acres. It is one of the state's favorite recreation areas lying west of the resort town of Stowe and stretching south to Duxbury and north to Cambridge.
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.

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Underhill State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Underhill State Park
Description - Resting at the headwaters of Brown's River along the slopes of Mt. Mansfield, Underhill State Park is a wonderful place to camp and venture out from. The park offers 34 campsites and easy access to wonderful trout waters. There is much to do in this area that is situated amidst spectacular scenery in a world-class recreation and tourist environment.

Attractions - Underhill is within Vermont's 34,000-acre Mt. Mansfield State Forest. On the headwaters of the Brown's River, at about 2,000 feet elevation, the park lies on the west slope of 4,300 feet Mt. Mansfield, the state's highest peak. Just over the summit ridge is the Stowe ski area, one of North America's original ski resorts.

The elevation and corresponding exposure to harsh climatic conditions have resulted in some relatively unusual vegetation types along the mountain's summit ridge. The low, stunted-plants found in the alpine tundra near the summit, very rare in New England, are more typical of types found on broad expanses of Arctic tundra a thousand miles farther north. These plants are fragile (if you hike to the summit, please stay on rock and trail).

Recreation - Underhill State Park offers a wonderful place to recreate along the slopes of Mt. Mansfield above the headwaters of Brown's River. The high elevation offers an environment favorable for Alpine plant species. Hikers are encouraged to stay on trails. The park offers camping, hunting, picnicking and excellent trout fishing. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Nearby attractions include Mt. Mansfield Natural Area with its alpine vegetation; Cantilever Rock which is a 60-foot obelisk wedged into a vertical cliff jutting outward 31 feet; Smuggler's Notch with its towering cliffs and torrid history; access to a stretch of the Long Trail which offers the courageous hiker one of the steepest climbs of nearly 3,000 feet to the top of Mt. Mansfield (4,395 feet) within 2.3 miles. The visitor also has the opportunity to stop and enjoy the many privately held ski resorts, art galleries, shops, motels and much more.

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 - From Underhill Center travel northeast on Pleasant Valley Road just about 1 mile turning right onto Mountain Road and traveling it several miles to the state park. Note: Steep entrance, no trailers.


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Contact Information:
Underhill State Park, P.O. Box 249 , Underhill Center, VT, 05490, Phone: 802-899-3022

Additional Information:
Mt. Mansfield State Forest - Mt. Mansfield is State Forest is Vermont's largest forest encompassing 37,242 acres. It is one of the state's favorite recreation areas lying west of the resort town of Stowe and stretching south to Duxbury and north to Cambridge.
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.
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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Vermont State Parks - Official Agency Website

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