Jay, Richford, Montgomery & Westfield: Franklin & Orleans County
Jay State Forest encompasses two tracts Black Falls ( 3,764 acres) and Big Jay (1,573 acres) across four towns and two counties. The parcel has a wide diversity of natural communities, terrain and recreational opportunities, most notably skiing.
One aspect that makes this property unique is the presence of Jay Peak Ski Resort on the Big Jay tract which offers a range of skiing opportunities and terrain. In addition, there are many unique habitats for wildlife and high elevation natural communities throughout which are of ecological importance.
Skiing of all types is the most commonly associated recreational activity with this state forest. In addition, a substantial portion of the Long Trail falls within the forest and provides many miles of hiking opportunities, year round.
The Long Range Management Plan (LRMP) for Jay State Forest is in the planning process. As a part of developing this plan, the Green Mountain Club and the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation entered into an agreement to share in the management and planning for these portions of Jay State Forest.
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