Outdoors & Recreation and the Moosalamoo Nat’l Recreation Area
Recreation in Brandon and the Area
Out our back door is the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, one of Vermont’s best-kept secrets located in the heart of the 400,000 acre Green Mountain National Forest, stretching from the western slopes of the Green Mountains to Lake Dunmore. Enjoy over 70 miles of well-maintained trails for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, as well as biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. Hiking in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area offers everything from wilderness solitude, to views of waterfalls, lakes, mountains and scenic vistas. By day, trace the footsteps of Robert Frost, and in the evening, enjoy a wonderful meal, later relax in front of the fireplace, or be tucked into a comfortable bed. Watch the Moosalamoo YouTube Movie here.
The Brandon Chamber has created Gateways to Adventure, a series of guides geared to aiding visitors and locals alike in the pursuit of exploration and enjoyment. Have a passion for road biking, hiking, or birding? Local experts have amassed all the insider info you need. How about music and the visual or performing arts, mountain biking, back country skiing, history, or architecture? They’ve got you covered. The same goes for the fiber arts, cross-country skiing, or in-town walking or running. Printed guides available at the Mondlak visitors center, at 4 Grove Street. Or go to http://www.gatewaystobrandon.com/ for a user friendly site full of info, pictures and maps, well suited for all your mobile devices.
“Golf the prettiest 18 in the state”
The Neshobe Golf Course is a public 18-hole course. Corner of Route 73 and Country Club Rd., Brandon; 802-247-3611
“Some of the best biking in Vermont is in our foothills”
Great trails for Mountain biking and hiking are in the Green Mountain National Forest.
Ride through Pittsford’s covered bridges – a combination of gravel and paved roads pass over three covered bridges.
Mountain biking sampler: The Ripton-Goshen Road is 8.5 miles of a moderate to easy gravel road (Forest Road #32) which traverses the high area between Goshen and Ripton with beautiful views.
Road biking sampler: Lots of great loops are in the area. Ride to Fort Ticonderoga, out to High Pond Road and through Florence, and around Lake Dunmore.
Take the work out of planning a great biking or hiking vacation. Let Inn to Inn do all the planning. All you have to do is enjoy the views and the country inns they arrange for you.
“There are too many hiking trails to mention”
But just to mention a few of the best: Falls of Lana, Silver Lake Interpretive Trail, Moosalamoo, Rattlesnake Cliffs, The Long Trail, Robert Frost Trail, Chittenden Brook, Texas Falls. And view more trail information on the official Moosalamoo National Recreation Area website.
“Go out on the waters”
Branbury State Park, Lake Dunmore has a boat launch and canoe rentals, Route 53, Salisbury; 802-247-5925
Read more about beautiful Lake Dunmore.
Bring your own canoe for a trip up Otter Creek to Cornwall and Middlebury. Pass views of farms and covered bridges. Flatwater and quickwater. Route 73W, Brandon. Fishing is great on Lake Dunmore stocked with warm water species, lake trout and landlocked salmon.
Also fish Silver Lake and Sugar Hill Reservoir, stocked with rainbow trout, browns, and brookies, both in the Green Mountain National Forest.
The Neshobe River offers cool water trout fishing. Brown trout dominate lower down, rainbow and brook trout in the sections up towards Brandon Gap.
“Fishing in Vermont is like fishing in Paradise,” according to Captain Nate Laskiewicz, a licensed captain and guide and founder of Vermont Lake Region Fishing Service. The Lake region of Vermont offers many choices of lakes to fish! You can make it happen on a large body of water, or the secluded lake or pond in the Green Mountains.
Don’t forget to pick up a Vermont fishing license
“Pick some fruit to bring home”
Blueberry picking is best on Blueberry Hill (and you will find a thrill there too!). Mid-to late July. Green Mountain National Forest, Goshen.
Strawberry picking at Wood’s Market Gardens farm stand. The biggest, reddest, and juiciest berries you’ll ever find. Available early summer. Route 7 South, Brandon; 802-247-6630.
In the winter months there is great downhill skiing at nearby Middlebury Snow Bowl (about 20 miles away), Killington Resort (about 30 miles away) and includes Pico Mountain (which is only about 25 miles away), or Sugarbush (about 40 miles away).
Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and winter fun and activities, are all just outside your door.
Cross-country ski at Blueberry Hill Ski Center, Goshen; 802-247-6735.
Snowmobiling the Leicester Hollow to Sugar Hill Reservoir; North from Sugar Hill Reservoir.