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Jones State Forest
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Plainfield, Vermont   05667
(lat:44.2278 lon:-72.3704) map location
Jones State Forest is an ethereal natural wonder encompassing a sprawling expanse of lush greenery and captivating flora. Nestled amidst towering, century-old trees and shimmering creeks, the forest exudes an enchanting tranquility that soothes the soul. This haven teems with an abundance of diverse wildlife, from majestic deer gracefully roaming through the dense undergrowth to melodious songbirds flitting above the forest canopy. The forest's well-maintained trails invite visitors to embark on peaceful walks or exciting hikes, leading them through breathtaking landscapes and awe-inspiring vistas. With its serene ambiance and unspoiled beauty, Jones State Forest is a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts, an oasis that allows one to connect with the magnificence of the natural world.
History of the Area
The forest was named after Aaron Jones, a prominent Vermont industrialist who acquired the land in the late 19th century. Jones was an entrepreneur and businessman, involved in various industries such as iron, railroads, and the timber trade. He purchased the land primarily for its timber resources.

Under Jones' ownership, the forest went through extensive logging operations, as the demand for timber was growing steadily during the industrial revolution. The area was logged extensively to satisfy the needs of the expanding railroads and other industries.

After several decades of logging, the forest's timber resources began to decline. Concerns were raised about the potential environmental impact of excessive logging and the need for conservation. In the early 20th century, the Vermont state government recognized the importance of preserving forested areas for their ecological value and initiated efforts to establish state forests.

In 1912, Aaron Jones' descendants agreed to sell a portion of the Jones property to the state of Vermont for the establishment of a state forest. This marked the beginning of what is now known as the Jones State Forest. The state government took over the management of the forest and implemented sustainable practices to ensure its long-term conservation.
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1. Start on US:2 E from Montpelier, Vermont.
2. Continue for about 26 miles until you reach Marshfield village.
3. Turn right onto Creamery Street in Marshfield Village after the Post Office building.
4. Follow this road straight through a four:way intersection; it becomes Hollister Hill Road hereafter.
5. Drive approximately 6 miles up Hollister Hill Road to Jones Brook Rd and turn left thereon.
6: Proceed along Jones Brook Rd till its end where lies your destination - The Jones State Forest.

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