“a lush and scenic national forest”
The Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests’ scenic beauty along the backbone of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Finger Lakes region provide unlimited recreational opportunities any time of the year. Whether you are a hiker, cross-country skier, camper, fishing or hunting enthusiast, snowmobiler, horseback rider, mountain biker or wildlife watcher, the Green Mountain & Finger LakesNational Forests can provide the recreational experience you are seeking! In Vermont, the Green Mountain National Forest is separated into the North Zone and the South Zone - keep this in mind when planning your trip to the forest. In New York State, the Finger Lakes National Forest is nestled between Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake. The Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests, although separate forests share the same administrative headquarters in Rutland, Vermont. The forests’ combined land mass is over 416,000 acres spread throughout southwestern and southern Vermont, and the Finger Lakes region of New York State. These lands are managed by the USDA Forest Service and signify the multiple-use ethic through its role of providing ecological and science-based forestry stewardship, clean water, diverse vegetation, high-quality forest products, economic and educational contributions, and trail-based backcountry recreation. During the last Ice Age, glaciers scoured and exposed the Cheshire quartzite that makes up White Rocks Cliffs. Since that time, the White Rocks area has had a long history of human use. Native Americans quarried stone from the site for tools, and in the 1850s white settlers cleared the land for grazing. As the abandoned fields reverted to forest during this century, logging came to the area. Today, the White Rocks Cliffs have been set-aside as part of a National Recreation Area for backcountry recreation and to insure a continuous wildlife habitat. White Rocks Cliffs offers several beautiful vistas of the Route 7 valley, the Taconic Mountains, and the Adirondack Mountains in the distance. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in. Hapgood Pond Recreation Area was the first land acquired by the Green Mountain National Forest. The Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the facilities from 1936 through 1938. Hapgood Pond Recreation Area consists of a campground in a wooded setting, open day-use areas, picnic areas with tables and grills, a 0.8-mile nature trail, and a beach for swimming (no lifeguard on duty, swim at own risk). There are 28 campsites available, each with a cleared tenting area, a picnic table, a fire ring with grill, and a parking spur. Within the camping area there are 4 accessible vault toilets and 3 fountains available for drinking water. A dumpster for rubbish is available for camping guests. The 2 day-use areas consist of large open areas that have picnic tables with grills. Please do your part and pack out what you pack in from the day use area. There are also a bathhouse with flush toilets, 2 pavilions - which can be reserved for a small fee with advanced notice, a wheelchair accessible fishing pier, a hand-carry boat launch, and drinking fountains found throughout the area. A Green Mountain National Forest campground host is available to assist visitors and answer questions.
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