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Moosalamoo Natural Recreation Area

The 20,000-acre Moosalamoo National Recreation Area is located within the Green Mountain National Forest and generally extends from Ripton and Goshen to Brandon and Rochester. Here you’ll find dirt roads, rolling fields, scenic waterfalls and pristine lakes.
This area, named after an Abenaki word for “the trails of the moose,” offers more than 70 miles of well-maintained trails for hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, biking, snowmobiling and wildlife viewing.
Like most of Vermont, a large portion of Moosalamoo’s forested landscape was cleared in the 1800s for growing crops and grazing animals. The ill-fated plan to strip Vermont’s land of protective trees 200 years ago was relatively short-lived.
While exploring the wooded trails of Moosalamoo, you might come across old family cemeteries, stone foundations, cellar holes and miles of stone walls built in areas that had been deforested in the 19th century. These pieces of history, now surrounded by tall trees, remind me just how far Vermont has come.

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  • NCmountainwoman
    Posted at 13:06h, 17 November Reply

    I love these places, especially in late fall and winter. Do you pick wild blueberries here?

  • elvira pajarola
    Posted at 14:12h, 17 November Reply

    This would be surely a fantastic area to spend
    a winter vacation; skiing and enjoying the snow…?

    I love the “wild touch” of wonderful nature in this first picture!!!!
    have a great day!!

  • Cedar ...
    Posted at 14:50h, 17 November Reply

    That’s one of my favorite parts of the state. Also love the top of Lincoln Gap.

  • Michele J
    Posted at 23:21h, 17 November Reply

    an area I surely would love to investigate. It’s beautiful…

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 00:46h, 18 November Reply

    This really is an incredible area. I can’t wait to go back and explore some more.

    Carolyn — I haven’t gone blueberry picking here yet. I hope to next summer!

    Elvira — I am hoping to do a little snowshoeing here this winter.

    Cedar — I love Lincoln Gap too! That section of the Green Mountains is really special.

    Michele — You should check it out sometime! Vermont is beautiful, and it’s a wonderful place to explore with your camera.

  • A New England Life
    Posted at 02:19h, 18 November Reply

    It sounds like a wonderful area for fall foliage, a picnic, or just a gentle walk. We take those long meandering rock walls for granted.

    My native Texan friend came to visit and she couldn’t believe how much granite there was in our area. Down there they pay big bucks for it!

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