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Grout Pond Trails - GMNF

Grout Pond Recreation Area is sixteen hundred acres of the Green Mountain National Forest set aside for year-round recreation. Grout Pond is very popular for camping, hiking, canoeing, and fishing.
Trail Activity
Walking Hiking Mountain biking Snowshoeing Ungroomed cross-country skiing Snowmobiling
11.60 miles, Network
Bennington (VT), Stratton (VT), Wardsboro (VT), Woodford (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt
Permitted on leash


The area has relatively flat, low-lying terrain.  The trails, marked with blue diamonds blazes, are available for year-round hiking, but can be extremely wet and muddy at times.  In winter, they are open to ungroomed skiing and are rated easy to more difficult.  Snowmobiles are restricted to Forest Road 262 and a portion of the West Trail.  These trails are marked with orange diamond blazes

Other Information

Grout Pond Area Trails - Green Mountain National Forest

Trail Manager

Forest Service Recreation Staff
Manchester Ranger District
2538 Depot St. (Rte 11/30)
Manchester Center, VT  05255
(802) 362-2307

Bennington County Regional Commission

Bennington County Regional Commission
111 South Street, Suite 203
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-0713
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Trail Tips

Leave What You Find
Leave the trail work to the pros: they will add or remove blazes, cairns (stone trail markers), structures, and trail improvements as deemed necessary.
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Trailhead Information

From Route 7 in Arlington, take the Arlington exit and turn west on Route 313 at the end of the exit ramp.  Take the first right onto South Road and follow to the end.  Turn right onto Kansas Road and follow over Rte 7 and over a two-lane bridge.  After the bridge turn right and travel east on the Kelley Stand Road (aka: Stratton-Arlington Road) for about 10.2 miles.  Turn right onto Forest Road 262 and follow to the end.
From Route 100 in West Wardsboro, travel west on the Stratton-Arlington Road (aka: Kelley Stand Road) for about 6 miles and turn left onto Forest Road 262.  Follow FR 262 to the end.

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