Horseback riding In and Around
Groton & Groton State Forest
Trails currently available for horseback riding and trekking with pack animals on Groton State Forest lands include the gravel-surfaced roads, forest highways (logging roads), Montpelier-Wells River Rail Trail, Telephone Line Multi-Use Trail (under construction), and state park roads outside of the regular operating season. At this time, New Discovery State Park is the only park in Groton State Forest offering horse camping. Horse campers can leave directly from their campsites and access miles of forest roads and town roads for day rides. Horseback riders wishing to ride for the day can trailer their horses to the Northern Parking Area near the entrance to New Discovery State Park, in the Kettle Pond Day Use parking area, or at the public cartop boat launch at the southern end of Ricker Pond, and easily access the Montpelier-Wells River Rail Trail (Cross Vermont Trail) and forest and town roads from these locations.
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