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Darling State Forest
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Burke, Vermont   05832
(lat:44.5673 lon:-71.8956) map location
The Darling State Forest captivates nature enthusiasts with its breathtaking beauty and serene atmosphere. Blessed with a diverse ecosystem, this enchanting forest offers a pristine wilderness experience to all who venture within its boundaries. As one wanders through the forest's enchanting trails, towering hardwoods provide a sheltering canopy, while streams meander gracefully, painting a tranquil ambiance. The forest abounds with a rich array of flora and fauna, making it an ideal destination for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. With its harmonious blend of scenic vistas, lush vegetation, and peaceful seclusion, the Darling State Forest is a sanctuary where one can escape the chaos of daily life and reconnect with the serenity of nature.
History of the Area
1. Early Settlement: The area that now encompasses Darling State Forest was initially settled by European colonizers in the mid-18th century. The region, like much of New England, was primarily inhabited by indigenous Abenaki people before European arrival.

2. Logging and Deforestation: In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Vermont experienced significant deforestation due to extensive logging operations. The area around what is now Darling State Forest was heavily logged, leading to the loss of much of its original forest cover.

3. The Darling Brothers: In the early 20th century, the Darling Brothers, Earl and Ray, purchased a large tract of deforested land in Vermont. They recognized the importance of reforestation and began implementing sustainable forest management practices to restore the ecological balance.

4. Reforestation: The Darling Brothers undertook the task of reforesting the area by planting various tree species, including white pine, red pine, sugar maple, and spruce. Their efforts significantly contributed to the restoration of the forest cover in the region.

5. Acquisition by the State: In 1950, the state of Vermont acquired the land from the Darling Brothers, with an aim to conserve its natural resources and provide recreational opportunities for its residents. It was subsequently established as a state forest and named after the Darling Brothers.

6. Development and Conservation: Darling State Forest has been developed to cater to outdoor enthusiasts. It offers various recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. The forest also serves as an important habitat for wildlife in the region, contributing to its conservation efforts.
1. Darling State Forest offers primitive camping with no amenities.
2. There are several backcountry campsites for hikers and backpackers.
3. Campsites can be found near the forest's many trails, providing easy access to hiking routes.
4. Camping is allowed anywhere within 100 feet of a trail or road unless otherwise posted by signs.

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Darling State Forest is

1. The Allis State Park Trail: A 2-mile loop trail, moderate difficulty with views of the Green Mountains.

2. Bear Hill Nature Trail: An easy half mile walk through mixed hardwoods and softwoods forest types.

3. Darling Crest Loop: This is a challenging 4-mile hike that offers panoramic vistas from atop an old fire tower site.

4. Mount Pisgah North Hiking Trails: These trails cover approximately 6 miles in total length featuring steep climbs to stunning lake overlooks.

5. Bald Mountain Pathway : It's about a three-and-a-half mile round trip offering spectacular view at summit clearing.

6.The Sunset Ridge Out-And-Back Route - A moderately difficult route spanning around five miles showcasing beautiful sunset views on clear days

7.Butterfield Mountain via Cross Vermont Trail - Approximately seven-miles long, this strenuous trek leads hikers up Butterfield mountain for breathtaking panoramas of surrounding landscapes

8.Brookside Nature Walk - Easy one-mile stroll along brooksides ideal for birdwatching or wildflower spotting

9.South End Trails - Offers several interconnected loops totaling six miles; suitable for all skill levels

10.Wheeler Pond Campground Accessible path- Short quarter-of-a-mile accessible gravel pathway leading to Wheeler pond campground area

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Breezy Meadows Campground
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Sugar Ridge RV Village & Campground
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1. Start on US:5 S from St Johnsbury, Vermont.
2. Continue onto I:91 S for approximately 30 miles.
3. Take exit 23 towards Lyndonville/Burke Mountain Ski Area.
4. Turn right onto VT:114 N after exiting the highway.
5. After about a mile, turn left to stay on VT:114 N/US Route 5S in East Burke Village.
6. Drive straight until you reach Darling Hill Road and take a sharp left there.
7. Follow this road till it intersects with Pinkham Rd; make another left here.
8. You will find your destination: The Darling State Forest entrance is located off of Pinkham Road.

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Vermont State Parks