Established in 1932, the Green Mountain National Forest is closely located to your Brownsville Tavern Bed and Breakfast. This National Forest is made up of more than 400,000 acres and spans over central and southwestern Vermont. The mission of this forest is to sustain, protect and enhance forest ecosystems. Green Mountain National Forest is home to eight different wilderness areas. The Wilderness Act defines a wilderness as the following: "Where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." This National Forest provides three Ranger Districts: Manchester, Middlebury and Rochester.
Green Mountain National Forest
231 North Main Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Day Use and Picnicking
Visitors are allowed to picnic anywhere in the Green Mountain National Forest. Designated areas are equipped with amenities tailored towards picnicking and day use. Hours of day use areas are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Day use areas provide tables with grills, vault toilets and hand pumps for drinking water. Some of the popular day use areas are Texas Falls, Falls of Lana and Silver Lake.
Robert Frost Wayside Trail
BBOnline recommends a visit to this picnic area located among red pine trees on Route 125. It provides tables, grills and a vault toilet. Drinking water is not available. The hiking trail is a little over a mile loop featuring poetry, scenic views and berry picking. The trail is consider easy and should take the average hiker around an hour to complete. A few of Robert Frost's poems are posted throughout the trail, fields and woods. When in season, blueberries, huckleberries and raspberries make their home along the trail. Just a few steps up the trail you will come to a boardwalk, which goes across a beaver pond. This hiking trail is a romantic getaway from your cozy Brownsville Tavern Inn.
This 3.5-mile hiking trail takes you up 25,000-feet to Killington Peak, Vermont's second highest peak. Make this climb and you will see scenic views of the Green, White, Taconic and Adirondack Mountains.
Before heading back to your Brownsville Tavern Bed and Breakfast, consider some moose watching. The American Moose is one of the most sought-after sights in the Green Mountain National Forest. The American Moose is the largest member of the deer family; they are around six feet tall at their shoulders and weigh around 1,200 pounds, Not to mention how wide-spread their antlers are. Most commonly seen in the early mornings and late evenings during feeding time, the American Moose may appear tame, but they are wild animals and need to be treated as such. During rutting season, the bulls are unpredictable and the cows with calves are protective and can become easily agitated. One of the best viewing points is from your vehicle; this is the safest for you and causes the moose the least amount of stress. Some of the best places to spot this majestic animal are Granville Gulf, Middlebury Gap and Lefferts Pond in the North Half of Green Mountain National Forest. In the South Half, try Moses Pond, Shep Meadows, Griffith Lake or Stratton Pond.