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Arlington State Forest
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Arlington, Vermont   05250
(lat:43.032 lon:-73.2034) map location
The Arlington State Forest is a breathtaking natural wonder that captivates visitors with its lush greenery, towering trees, and serene atmosphere. Stretching across a vast area, the forest boasts a diverse range of flora and fauna, creating a haven for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers alike. Walking through its well-marked trails, one can marvel at the vibrant wildflowers, listen to the symphony of chirping birds, and watch as sunlight filters through the dense canopy overhead. The Arlington State Forest invites visitors to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse themselves in the tranquility and beauty of the outdoors, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking solace in nature.
History of the Area
- Early Settlement: Before Arlington State Forest existed, the area was inhabited by various Native American tribes, particularly the Abenaki people. In the 18th century, European settlers began to arrive and establish farms in the region.

- Logging and Deforestation: In the late 1800s, logging became a major industry in Vermont, leading to widespread deforestation. Many areas, including what is now Arlington State Forest, were heavily cleared for timber, leading to environmental degradation and loss of wildlife habitats.

- Forest Acquisition: Concerns about the rapid deforestation in the state paved the way for conservation efforts. In the early 20th century, the state of Vermont began acquiring land to establish state forests. In 1929, Arlington State Forest was created when the Vermont legislature approved the purchase of approximately 7,000 acres of land located near the towns of Sunderland and Arlington.

- Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC): As part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, the Civilian Conservation Corps was established in 1933. The CCC played a crucial role in the development and management of Arlington State Forest. They worked to replant forests, build trails, construct fire towers, and carried out other conservation activities within the forest.

- Forest Management: Following its establishment, Arlington State Forest was managed by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. The department aims to balance conservation and recreation, ensuring sustainable forest management practices while providing opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, wildlife watching, and motorized sports.

- Present Day: Arlington State Forest remains an important natural area in Vermont. Its lush forests, diverse wildlife, meandering streams, and beautiful mountainous landscapes attract outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The state forest is managed to promote biodiversity, protect water resources, and offer recreational opportunities for both residents and visitors.
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Area Campgrounds
Greenwood Lodge & Campsites
Route 9
Woodford, VT
Camping On The Battenkill
48 Camping on the Battenkill
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Area Cabins and Lodges
Arlington Inn
3904 Vt Route 7A
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(802) 375-6532

1. Begin by heading towards Vermont.
2. If you're coming from the north, take I:89 S.
3. Exit at VT:107 W in Royalton toward Bethel/Rutland.
4. Continue onto VT:100 S and then turn right to stay on it after 15 miles or so.
5. Turn left onto US Route 7 South (US:7S).
6. Turn right into Arlington:West Mountain Rd/Chiselville Road.
8. Finally, make a slight left into Red Mountain road.

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Vermont State Parks