Suggested Adventures to Green Mountain National Forest from Barnard

BBOnline recommends Green Mountain National Forest as a part of your adventure guide to Vermont. This national forest takes up more than 400,000 acres in the state. It's also a can't-miss attraction that provides numerous things to do. When you arrive at your Barnard Bed and Breakfast, you'll be able to experience wildlife viewing, kayaking, hiking and more at Green Mountain. Keep this suggested adventure guide handy when you make your vacation stay in Barnard.

Green Mountain National Forest
231 North Main St
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 747-6700
www.fs.fed.us

Green Mountain National Forest is open all year round. A great number of visitors make the drive from Barnard and other communities of Vermont to visit the forest region. You can explore by hiking, fishing or nature viewing any time of the year. During the winter season, snowboarding, skiing and other seasonal activities are available in the three alpine ski locations.

The rugged terrain is breathtaking. Native wildlife and unique plants are always interesting sights. The forest also consists of three trail systems. These trails offer various degrees of difficulty for hiking, mountain bike riding and horseback riding. The Appalachian Trails are the most popular of the three.

Fishing is a must-do activity at Green Mountain. Bass, trout and other big game fish are often caught in the streams, lakes and rivers of the national forest. Before you leave your Barnard Inn, be sure to bring along your fishing license. This is needed to fish in the forest. It's recommended that you read over the Vermont Fish and Game manual as well.

Contact the forest visitor center for more information on Green Mountain National Forest. You can obtain a trail map and any other pertinent information you need to know.

Branbury State Park
3570 Lake Dunmore Rd, Rt 53
Salisbury, VT 05733
(802) 247-5925
www.vtstateparks.com/htm/branbury.htm

Branbury State Park is a close neighbor of Green Mountain National Forest and sits near Lake Dunbar, the main body of water in the area. Fishing, kayaking, canoeing and swimming are the main activities at Lake Dunbar. Several vendors rent row boats and pedal boats on this lake. Most people find the hiking trails to be good places to start at Branbury. You'll discover various plants and animals along the trails. Other attractions include waterfalls, caves and vistas. The visitor center has maps of these trail systems.

Silver Lake State Park

214 North Rd
Bethel, VT 05032
(802) 234-9451
www.vtstateparks.com/htm/silver.htm

Silver Lake State Park is very accessible from your Barnard Bed and Breakfast. It's located just minutes from Barnard and nearby Branbury State Park. You can hike, canoe, kayak and fish at this state park during the summer. There's also a swimming area for visitors at Silver Lake. During the winter, the park provides ice fishing and ice skating on the lake. However, you should only do these activities in designated areas.

If you love mountain bike riding, there is an easy five-mile loop available. It's a good trail system for families and kids. To visit Silver Lake State Park, contact the visitor center for hours, seasonal information and fees.