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Some Recreation Trails Closed through Mud Season

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posted at 10:24 am Tue Apr 20th, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is asking Vermonters to avoid certain recreation trails through the state's renowned mud season.

High elevation trails are especially vulnerable during mud season and take considerably longer to dry than lower elevation trails. Lower elevation trails often dry out earlier. As a result, hikers are asked to stay off of Vermont's high elevation trails until the start of Memorial Day Weekend.
"Trails and vegetation are very vulnerable during mud season and using them during this time can cause significant damage by compacting soils and surrounding vegetation which accelerates erosion and the need for costly maintenance," said Jason Gibbs, Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation. "For this reason, we advise that everyone stay off of trails until they dry out and turn back if they encounter muddy conditions."
Gibbs said there are good, dry options within the Vermont State Park system for folks who want to go hiking in the early spring. A list of popular mud season hikes follows. For more info, maps and trail guides visit or

Southeast Vermont
Mt. Ascutney State Park Parkway after mid April (after the ice melts)
Southwest Vermont
D & H Rail Trail
Emerald Lake State Park Roads
Button Bay State Park Roads
Northwest Vermont
Niquette Bay State Park (check at trail head for closures)
North Hero State Park roads
Grand Isle State Park roads and trails
Alburg Dunes Beach road
Underhill State Park: CCC Trail only
Northeast Vermont
Brighton State Park - NEK Nature Trail (short)
Smugglers Notch Route 108
Waterbury Center State Park Nature Trail
Little River State Park Roadways and Forest Access Roads
Cotton Brook Trails in Mount Mansfield State Forest
Groton State Forest: Owl's Head, Montpelier-Wells River Rail Trail, Little Deer Mt Trail, Big Deer Trail

Relevant Address(es):
Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)

Related Businesses
Green Mountain Club Inc
Waterbury Center
6.0 miles

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