U.S. Forest Service officials in Vermont announced that the camping season has been extended for Vermonters and visitors at three popular campgrounds on the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF). Chittenden Brook, Moosalamoo and Silver Lake campgrounds will remain open through the Columbus Day Weekend in the Rochester and Middlebury Ranger District.
These campgrounds will close for the season on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Forest Service employees cited the change as a way to provide the public with more opportunity to camp during the busy fall foliage season. Traditionally, these campgrounds on the GMNF have been open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, according to a news release.
“The past year has been anything but traditional here in the Rochester area,” said Chris Mattrick, acting district ranger on the Rochester and Middlebury Ranger District. “By extending the camping season, we hope not only to provide people with the ability to get out on the GMNF to enjoy one of the most beautiful times of the year, but also to attract visitors that will contribute to the local economy while they are in town,” added Mattrick.
- The Chittenden Brook Campground was not re-opened this year until early August as the access road leading to the campground was heavily damaged by washouts from Tropical Storm Irene. The Chittenden Brook Campground offers seventeen camp sites which are appropriate for small to moderate sized campers and tent camping. There are no electric hook ups, sewer or water provided at the campground. Chittenden Brook Campground is located at the end of Forest Road 45 (Chittenden Brook Road) and accessed from Route 73 in Rochester.
- The Moosalamoo Campground is part of the nearly 16,000-acre Moosalamoo National Recreation Area located in Goshen. The campground can be accessed from Forest Road 32 (Goshen / Ripton Road) in Goshen. This campground offers 19 different campsites which are suitable for recreational vehicles and tenting. There are no electric hook ups, sewer or water provided at the campground.
- Silver Lake Campground is a hike-in campground located on Silver Lake. This campground offers 15 campsites with a limited supply of water available to campers. Access to this campground is achieved via a short hike (0.6 miles) on the Goshen Trail from a parking lot located off of Forest Road 27 (Silver Lake Road) in Goshen or via a moderate uphill hike (1.6 miles) on the Silver Lake Trail from the Silver Lake parking area on Route 53 in Salisbury. No electric hook ups, sewer or drinking water is available.
“This is a special time of year for our residents, our visitors, our forests and those of us that work to manage our public lands,” said Mattrick. “We have a lot of people that want to spend time on the forest during the fall. Now people will have another month or so to enjoy the morning, the afternoon, and some fall forest camping for the night,” he concluded.
Forest officials expect that there will be an influx of local and visitor traffic in the coming weeks; motorists are encouraged to be mindful of where they park and to use extra caution when they are driving and recreating on the forest. The public is also encouraged to wear bright clothing and to be vigilant during Vermont’s various hunting seasons.