Aitken State Forest

Mendon, Rutland County
918 Acres

Aitken State Forest north vista

General Description:

Aitken State Forest is located only minutes from Rutland and is accessed by Notch and Wheelerville Roads in Mendon. Bald Mountain (2087’) is located at its center and provides views in all directions. A state forest since 1912, Aitken has served the area’s recreational, firewood, hunting, and timber needs for over 100 years.

Unique Features:

In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) had a camp on this state forest and were involved in forest management work at the time including thinning the 192 acres of Norway spruce and white pine plantations planted between 1913 and 1924 following forest fires in the early 1900s.

Recreation Overview:

Aitken State Forest is a popular hiking destination. The Bald Mountain Trail is noted for its vistas, bird watching potential, blueberries and wildflowers. Four vistas located at rock promontories along the trail offer panoramic views of the Green Mountain range, Otter Creek and Cold River valleys, and Rutland City (3.5 miles, moderate to challenging).

VAST maintains a ½ mile trail on a portion of the forest. The trail connects the parking area on the Notch Road with the corridor trail.

Planning Overview:

The Long-range management plan for Aitken State Forest was developed in 1990. A revision of the plan is expected to begin soon. Inventories and assessments are being done in anticipation of the upcoming planning process.

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