State Parks & Public Lands

Renowned as "New Englandís Last Frontier" and "The Real Vermonters Vermont" the Northeast Kingdom is Vermontís largest and least populated region. This leaves plenty of room for vast forests, pristine rivers, deep lakes, rambling roads, spectacular vistas, prominent peaks and still marshes. Quite simply, the Kingdom is a nature lovers delight. In fact, Vermontís Northeast Kingdom contains more than 1,300,000 acres of land of which almost 200,000 acres are either publicly owned or have public recreation/access easements which provide some of the finest, most remote, and diverse outdoor recreation opportunities in New England. Public Lands include Big Falls State Park in Troy, Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area, Willoughby State Forest, Averill Mountain WMA, Bill Sladyk WMA in Holland, the Long Trail State Forest in Jay and the Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge.

In the Kingdom we enjoy and protect our many parks, forests and wilderness areas. These lands provide habitat for abundant wild and birdlife as well as rare plants. Some believe that the legendary Catamount (a Vermont species of cougar once assumed to be extinct) may still be in the area as well. Although several significant sightings have been reported in the past decade, the wildcatís return has yet to be officially confirmed.

Whether you are drawn by bird watching, fishing, hiking, or a desire to explore, the Northeast Kingdom is rich in trails and vistas and throughout the region visitors are able to immerse themselves into the preserved wild lands and pristine waters. If exploring on your own is not for you and you would like the learn some forest secrets from those who know them well, a guide service can lead you to the best place to angle for trout, spy a falcon, track a deer, spot a bear, navigate a stream, or follow a lost logging road.

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