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West Rutland State Forest

West Rutland; Rutland County 344 Acres

General Description:

West Rutland State Forest is a hilly 344-acre property in the extreme northwest corner of the Town of West Rutland. It is completely forested, principally with northern hardwoods and some pine stands. This small forest is on the west side of Whipple Hollow, just below Grandpa’s Knob, and 4.5 miles from the West Rutland village.

Unique Features:

West Rutland State Forest is located at the northern end of the Taconic Mountains. Elevations range from 700 feet to 1,840 feet. At the time of acquisition by the state of Vermont nearly ½ of the property was pasture. By 1916, 159,000 red and white pine seedlings were planted. The Civilian Conservation Corps thinned these plantations in the 1930s.

Recreation Overview:

The most significant recreational use of this relatively remote State Forest is hunting. Some of the woods roads are used for walking.

Planning Overview:

The long-range management plan for this parcel was developed in 1997.