Willoughby State Forest

Newark, Sutton and Westmore; Caledonia and Orleans Counties
7,682 Acres

Willoughby State Forest cross-country ski trails


Public Meeting - Willoughby State Forest South End Recreation Area  

Through a grant from the Northern Borders Regional Commission, enhancements for the South End of Lake Willoughby are being planned. To view the most recent version of the conceptual plan, prepared by SEGroup in Burlington, Vermont, follow the link below.


Please join us for continued discussions regarding the proposal.

Where:  Westmore Fellowship Hall, 27 Hinton Hill Road, Westmore VT

When:   Wednesday, March 8, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

For more information:  802-751-0110; 802-535-8410; louis.bushey@vermont.gov 


General Description:

Willoughby State Forest is easily accessible from State Routes 5 and 5A and is bisected by Lake Willoughby, with Mount Hor (2648 feet) to the west and Mount Pisgah (2751 feet) to the east. It is located on the divide between the Saint Lawrence and Connecticut River watersheds.

Unique Features:
The most spectacular attraction of this area is Lake Willoughby and the adjacent cliffs of Mount Hor (2648 feet) and Mount Pisgah (2751 feet) that rise from the lake. This area possesses significant ecological, recreational, and aesthetic values. The highest peak in the forest is Bald Mountain at 3315 feet in elevation. Lake Willoughby is 1653 acres in size with a maximum depth of 308 feet, making it one of the deepest lakes in the northeastern United States.

Willoughby State Forest contains two natural areas – Willoughby Cliffs Natural Area in Westmore (950 acres) and Marl Pond and Swamp Natural Area in Sutton (30 acres). For more information, see the Vermont Natural Areas Guide.

Recreation Overview:

Willoughby State Forest is available for dispersed recreational activities, including hiking, primitive camping, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting and fishing.  There are over 12 miles of hiking trails on the forest and numerous ponds for swimming and fishing.  Most of the trails are well suited to the novice and intermediate hiker.  Several other trails are located on adjacent private ownerships.  These trails, blazed with white paint, are maintained by the Westmore Association and Northwoods Stewardship Center and are described in the “Day Hikers Guide to Vermont” published by the Green Mountain Club (GMC).  These trails are located on Wheeler, Bald, Haystack and McSherry Mountains. 

Planning Overview:
The long-range management plan for the Willoughby State Forest is complete and being implemented annually.  It was approved by Commissioner Jonathan Wood on 04-01-2004 and amended in 2012 with an expansion of Cross Country Ski Trail Networks at Bartlett Mountain.   

Any questions about this parcel? Please contact: 

Scott Machinist, State Lands Forester




Louis Bushey

Stewardship Forester
374 Emerson Falls Road
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Work Phone: 802-535-8410
Fax: 802-748-6687