Groton State Forest-Kettle Pond Trail and Owls Head

Groton, Vermont

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This is a three-hour hike around a forest pond and a short walk to Owls Head Mountain. More than 25,000 acres of ponds, beaches, campgrounds, and trails within easy reach of the capital of Vermont make Groton State Forest a premier choice for family recreation. Of all the varied attractions in this timberland retreat, Owls Head Mountain undoubtedly enjoys the most notable reputation. With the aid of a convenient auto road, campers, hikers, and casual passersby find a short trail to one of the finest views in the Green Mountain State at the top of this prominent peak. For a few discriminating visitors, though, the Kettle Pond Trail presents Owls Head in a very different light. Far removed from the pressing crowds, this private view from the shore of a wild wood pond envelops hikers in a natural realm at the heart of this preserve.
Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

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Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

by Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour) (Falcon Guides)

This is a three-hour hike around a forest pond and a short walk to Owls Head Mountain.

More than 25,000 acres of ponds, beaches, campgrounds, and trails within easy reach of the capital of Vermont make Groton State Forest a premier choice for family recreation. Of all the varied attractions in this timberland retreat, Owls Head Mountain undoubtedly enjoys the most notable reputation. With the aid of a convenient auto road, campers, hikers, and casual passersby find a short trail to one of the finest views in the Green Mountain State at the top of this prominent peak. For a few discriminating visitors, though, the Kettle Pond Trail presents Owls Head in a very different light. Far removed from the pressing crowds, this private view from the shore of a wild wood pond envelops hikers in a natural realm at the heart of this preserve.

© 2008 Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Groton
Distance: 0.25-3 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Local Contacts: Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, District V, 1229 Portland Street, Suite 201, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819; (802) 751-0110
Local Maps: Trail maps are available at campgrounds in the state forest or from the address listed.
Driving Directions: Directions to Groton State Forest-Kettle Pond Trail and Owls Head

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