Spruce Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A historical fire tower offers intimate views of Granite Hill peaks and long views to the highest Green and White mountains."
--Jennifer Lamphere Roberts, Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"Although the top of Spruce Mountain is in Groton State Forest, most of the peak is in L.R. Jones State Forest. In fact, the mountain is not accessible from Groton State Forest. The 642-acre L.R. Jones State Forest was the first parcel of land purchased by the State of Vermont, back in 1909. It is named for a former professor of botany at the University of Vermont in honor of his efforts to create a state tree nursery."
--Lisa Densmore, Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books).
"Superb family hikes to remarkable views are rare in the east-central portion of the state—a rambunctious region of low summits that fill a widening gap between the Green Mountains and the Connecticut River. This route, then, holds a pleasant surprise. Aided by an old fire tower recycled as an observation deck, the Spruce Mountain Trail rises above a thick cloak of evergreens to marvelous views that overlook Groton State Forest, the nascent Winooski River, and countless peaks that scatter to the far corners of northern New England.From a red post that serves as the trailhead, a level jeep track curls east from the parking area far below the glint of the sun on the summit’s silver tower. Dipping downhill, the path skims past gleaming birch and calmly advances toward the base of the mountain that blinks through the woods on your left. The sound of a brook whispers from the east as the track curves slowly south and climbs away from the peak."
--Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour), Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
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