On a day in mid June, I headed off to spend the better part of the day hiking within Vermont's Groton State Forest, which is less than an hour's drive from my home in New Hampshire. I've hiked here before. (Click HERE and HERE to read two of my reports.)
It's not too surprising that there are still locations within the Groton State Forest that are new to me. Especially considering that it's comprised of 26,000 acres which is Vermont's second largest contiguous land holding. Mt. Mansfield State Forest is the largest at 40,000 acres.
Although the weather forecast indicated that there was a 20% chance of rain, this was of little concern to me. I felt fairly certain that if it rained at all, then it would only be a brief shower. Well, to 'cut to the chase', when I arrived at Groton State Forest, there was an intermittent drizzle! That was okay for awhile. However, when the drizzle changed to rain that showed no signs of abating anytime soon, I opted to cut my plans short!
Despite the unexpected poor weather, I managed to complete two short mini-hikes to locations that were new to me. One was to Owl's Head, and the other to Silver Ledge. (Click HERE for a map and trail descriptions.)
Shown below are some snapshots taken during my two tiny treks at Groton State Forest.
1) OWL'S HEAD HIKE:
|My favorite view of the day was from atop Owl's Head overlooking Kettle Pond|
|Another pleasant view from Owl's Head is the vista of Lake Groton with several 4K peaks in New Hampshire on the distant horizon|
|Way off in the distance to the west, I was able to get a fuzzy highly-zoomed image of the top of Camel's Hump|
|This is a photo taken of a placard at the top of Owl's Head. It identifies some of the more notable landmarks that can be seen. (Didn't realize until later that my photo cut off a small segment of the right side of the placard.)|
|Also at the top of Owl's Head is beautiful stone structure that was completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1935.|
|A view from inside the stone building looking out one of the windows|
|These are a sampling of the wildflowers seen during my Owl's Head hike|
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2) SILVER LEDGE HIKE:
|This photo collage shows the beginning of the Silver Ledge Trail (top) and a portion of the trailhead parking lot. The lightly-used trail leads through a fairly thick forest. Parking lot has room for at least 4 vehicles.|
Although the weather caused me to shorten my plans for the day, there are positive aspects. First of all, the two small hikes were both new to me, and they were enjoyable. Also, now that there is still some unfinished business at Groton State Park, I have a good reason to return to this location for other new adventures!
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