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Molly Stark State Forest
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Wilmington, Vermont   05363
(lat:42.8509 lon:-72.8134) map location

Reservations: 888-409-7579
Molly Stark State Forest, located in southern Vermont, showcases the astounding beauty and tranquility of the region through its diverse landscape and outstanding recreational opportunities. This enchanting forest spans over 900 acres and features rolling hills, lush forests, serene ponds, and breathtaking mountain views. With an extensive trail system traversing the forest, visitors can immerse themselves in a haven of natural wonders as they hike, jog, bike, or horseback ride through the various terrains. The forest also offers camping facilities, picnic areas, and swimming spots, enabling families and outdoor enthusiasts to create lasting memories amidst the serene ambiance. Whether seeking solitude or seeking outdoor adventures, Molly Stark State Forest stands as a remarkable testament to Vermont's majestic landscapes, inviting all to experience its timeless beauty.
History of the Area
The forest has a rich history, dating back to the early settlement of the region. In the mid-18th century, European settlers began to occupy the area, which was inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Abenaki before their arrival. The settlers cleared land for farming and used the forest for natural resources such as timber and firewood.

During the American Revolution, the Battle of Bennington took place in close proximity to the present-day forest, in 1777. This battle was a significant turning point in the war, as it halted British General John Burgoyne's attempted invasion from Canada. Molly Stark's husband, General John Stark, played a crucial role in this battle, leading American forces to victory.
1. Molly Stark State Park offers 23 tent/RV sites and 11 lean:to sites for camping.
2. The park provides picnic areas, hiking trails, a playground, and restrooms with hot showers near the campsites.
3. Pets are allowed at designated campgrounds within the state forest but must be leashed at all times.
4. Reservations can be made online or by phone to secure your preferred campground in advance during peak season.
5. Campsites come equipped with fire rings and picnic tables; some also offer electric hookups for RVs.
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1. Molly Stark Trail: This 2-mile loop trail offers moderate difficulty, featuring a variety of terrain and stunning views from the summit.

2. Hogback Mountain Loop: A challenging 4-mile hike with steep inclines, it provides panoramic vistas over Southern Vermont's Green Mountains.

3. Lake Shaftsbury State Park Trails: Located within the forest boundaries; these easy trails are perfect for families or beginners offering lake-side walks spanning approximately one mile each.

4. Bald Mountain Trail: At just under three miles round trip, this moderately difficult route ascends to an old fire tower providing spectacular views across multiple states on clear days.

5. Deerfield Ridge Hike - North Section : An advanced-level hiking path that stretches about five miles along scenic ridges in northern parts of the park.

6. Harmon Hill via Appalachian/Long Trail Southbound is a heavily trafficked out-and-back trail located near Bennington which features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate at around four-miles long

7. Bald Mt Pond To Glastenbury Mtn Via AT/LT (Appalachian Long Trial)is another popular choice among hikers due its length(17miles),difficulty level(moderate)and breathtaking view points throughout

8. Mount Olga Fire Tower-This short but sweet .75mile trial leads you up Mount Ogle where there's an abandoned ski lift station,and then onto The historic wooden firetower atop mount ogle gives unobstructed panoramaic veiws all year round

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From Burlington, Vermont:
1. Start on US:2 E.
2. Merge onto I:89 S towards Montpelier/Boston.
3. Take exit 9 for VT:12 toward Middlesex/US-2.
4. Turn right onto VT:12 S (signs for Northfield).
5. Continue straight to stay on VT:64 W/Main St.
6. Turn left at the first cross street onto Depot Square.
7. Turn right after Subway Restaurants.
8. Continue straight past Cumberland Farms and turn left into Molly Stark State Forest.

If you're coming from Manchester, New Hampshire:

1. Start out by getting on Everett Turnpike from Elm Street and Queen City Avenue.
2. Follow NH:101W,I:91 N to Rockingham Rd in Westminster,Vermont.Take Exit 5 From I :91N.
3. Drive To Back Westminster Road.
4. Then continue driving until reaching your destination of Molly Stark State Park.

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