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Albert C Lord State Forest
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Cavendish, Vermont   05142
(lat:43.4204 lon:-72.5523) map location
Located off Oscarson Road, Lord State Forest is a small parcel of gentle terrain and large white pine trees. Access and parking is limited. It is surrounded by several large private ownerships giving it an expansive feel that belies its size.

Frequent thinnings of high quality pine stands have created a forest of large attractive pines.

Primary uses are hunting it supports a greater number of deer than expected and walking. It is an excellent site for snowshoeing in winter though parking is difficult.
History of the Area
The forest was originally named Montpelier City Forest and was established in 1915 when the City of Montpelier acquired the land to protect the local watershed. At the time, the main purpose of the forest was to safeguard the quality of the drinking water supply for Montpelier's residents.

In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) played a significant role in developing the area. The CCC was a part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs and aimed to provide employment to young men during the Great Depression. The CCC workers constructed trails, roads, picnic areas, and firebreaks in the forest, contributing to its recreational and conservation development.

In 1967, the forest was renamed in honor of Albert C. Lord, a journalist, and author, who served as Vermont's State Forester from 1942 to 1958. During his tenure, Lord contributed significantly to the development and expansion of Vermont's state forests.
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1. The Albert C Lord State Forest Loop: A 3-mile trail featuring a lake, suitable for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.

2. Beaver Pond Trail: This is an easy to moderate level hike of approximately 0. 5 miles that leads you around the scenic beaver pond area.

3. Ridge View Pathway: Approximately two miles long, this moderately difficult path offers panoramic views from atop forested ridges.

4. Hemlock Hollow Track: An easier route spanning about one mile through dense hemlock groves offering cool shade during summer months.

5. Pine Grove Passage: About half-a-mile in length; perfect short walk among towering pines with plenty birdwatching opportunities.

6. Maple Run Route: Roughly three-quarters-of-a-mile-long track winding through maple tree stands ideal for autumn hikes when leaves change color.

7. Fern Gully Waypoint: Short but steep quarter mile climb leading to lush fern-filled gullies providing unique flora viewing experience.

8. Birch Brook Crossing: One-and-half-miles trek along babbling brooks lined by white birch trees suited best for springtime walks.

9. Wildflower Wander: Half-a-mile stroll amidst meadows bursting with wildflowers come late-spring or early-summer.

10. Wildlife Watch Walk: Two-miles journey across diverse habitats promising potential wildlife sightings including deer, foxes and various birds species.

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1. Start on I:89 N from Burlington, Vermont.
2. Take exit 10 for VT:100 S towards Waterbury US-2.
3. Turn right onto VT:100 S/US: 2 E/Stowe St and continue to follow the road.
4. After about a mile turn left onto Howard Ave then take an immediate right at Park Row Rd.
5. Continue straight until you reach Winooski Street where you will make another left turn.
6. Turn Right into Loomis Hill Road after driving approximately two miles down Winooski street.
7. Follow this route till it turns slightly Left becoming Nebraska Valley Road.
8. Continue Straight ahead, Albert C Lord State Forest is located along this stretch of road.

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