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Picture a classic New England scene of rolling, twisting roads that travel over gentle mountains and through dense woods of maple, oak, and other hardwoods. These trees’ leaves transform from lush green to blazing red, orange, and yellow in autumn. When the temperature dips, the local's don thick, warm sweaters, peacoats, and scarves. Swathed in cozy knitwear, they cheerfully chat on street corners while sipping a hot cup of cocoa. Hardy outdoorsmen in wellies and waders venture into the wilderness of CC Putnam State Forest, armed with a fishing rod.
The closest town is the capital of Vermont, Montpelier. Montpelier, populated with about 8,000 residents, is one of the oldest cities in Vermont. Many homes and buildings are historic, dating back to the early 1800s. The town holds several festivals throughout the year, and they’re a terrific way to find local artists and crafters as well as a souvenir to remind you of the perfect CC Putnam State Forest RV camping trip. Search for an RV in Washington County, and prepare to embark on a memorable outdoor RV camping trip with family and friends.
Encompassing nearly 14,000 acres, CC Putnam State Forest sprawls across Worcester Mountains, which is a part of the larger Green Mountain system. There are five main trails that meander and weave through the woods of CC Putnam State Forest. These trails take hikers up to different mountain peaks. On a good, clear day, hikers are rewarded with views of New York to the west, New Hampshire in the east, and Vermont to the north and south. Because this park is extremely rugged and remote, it’s not recommended that hikers go off-trail. Hikers, photographers, and nature lovers will often find themselves sharing the woods with moose, white-tailed deer, coyotes, and even an occasional black bear, which are notoriously shy. Rabbits, minks, beavers, grouse, and many other small-game creatures are frequently sighted, too.
Upstate Vermont is notorious for getting deep snow in winter, and CC Putnam State Forest is no exception. Most roads are kept plowed, but visitors should call in advance the park office to check the conditions. Though most trails are not groomed, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular. Hunting of deer and other small game is permitted in autumn, though all hunters must obtain appropriate licenses and permits. Hikers hitting the trail during this time should take care to wear blaze orange. Should you come to hike, and bring your dogs, they too should don orange.
Near Stowe is where you will find one of the more notable features in CC Putnam State Forest, Moss Glen Falls. Descending over 100 feet total, the waterfall tumbles over two large granite ledges that spread the water into a graceful, delicate veil. Depending on recent rainfall and snowmelt, its appearance can change from delicate yet distinct streams of water to one solid misty drape of water. The waterfall is accessed via a four-mile trail that is considered easy for the most part. There is a short climb toward the top of the trail that may prove challenging for some young children. There are several other waterfalls in CC Putnam State Forest. Many appear and disappear after the spring rains, and a few persist year-round. The Blake Falls near Woodbury, VT, is a short but wide waterfall that descends over several shallow ledges.
Skip the long commute from a hotel to CC Putnam State Forest by renting a camper. Wake up surrounded by nature at one of the dozens of campgrounds in the area. Gold Brook Campground near Stowe, VT, has over 60 sites with partial hookups and an additional 26 sites for those willing to forgo water and electric hookups. Amenities include WiFi, a swimming pool, and hot showers.
Should space runs out, which does happen occasionally in the peak summer season, there are several other options for camping. Near Morrisville, VT is Mountain View Campground. This family-run campground features hookups, WiFi, a rec room stocked with DVDs for campers to borrow, and an adult-only hot tub.
The towns dotting northern Vermont are as equally charming as Montpelier, and many have their own unique flair for out-of-town visitors to discover. Hop into a rental motorhome and hit one of the scenic byways that travel along the length of the state. About halfway between Stowe and Waterbury, VT is Stowe Maple Farm, which is a local long-time maple syrup producer. The farm store has a wide array of genuine maple syrups and homemade, mouthwatering maple syrup candies.
Many small towns host festivals and fairs that are designed to both boost tourism and a sense of community for the remote towns of Vermont. Smuggler’s Notch annual Applefest, usually held in October, is an excellent way to discover delicious baked apple goods and desserts, local artists and crafters, and engage in fun games.
Northern Vermont has a little of something for everyone: outdoor fun, delicious food, friendly locals, and history. Rent a travel trailer and set out to find your perfect adventure in the Vermont atmosphere.