Catamount Forest is a secluded, forested property adjacent to national forest and three long-distance hiking trails. The property rests on the western slopes of the Green Mountains in central Vermont. To the east, the landscape rises to the spine of the Green Mountains. To the west, the land slopes down to the valley region around the South Bay of Lake Champlain. To the north, the Green Mountain National Forest covers over 150,000 acres of the mountainous terrain.
The property has 1,650’ of frontage on a Class 4 section of Old Turnpike Road, which is directly off US Route 4. The road is a maintained, gravel road with utilities for the first 1.5 miles. Here, electric service ends and the road continues on as a level, well-maintained, one-lane track for 0.5 miles to the property boundary. The property offers level to gentle terrain along the road frontage where there are several sites for off-grid, seasonal cabin development. Beyond this area, the terrain climbs steeply to a knob in the northeast corner. There could be some scenic views from the upper slopes, with clearing.
Catamount Forest is next to or near three long distance trail systems. The Catamount Trail, a north-south nordic ski trail that runs the length of Vermont, passes right along the property road frontage. The Long Trail, a north-south hiking trail that runs from Vermont’s Canadian border to its Massachusetts one, is 0.5 mile from the property’s northeast corner. Finally, the Appalachian Trail, a hiking route that traverses from Georgia to Maine, crosses Route 4 just east of Pico Resort. A short drive from the property are the alpine resorts of Killington and Pico. There are also two golf courses a short distance away as well as numerous lakes, ponds and rivers for fishing, boating, tubing and swimming.
Hardwood species such as sugar maple, yellow birch and white ash dominate the property’s well-drained upland terrain. Scattered pockets of softwood species occupy a few poorly-drained sites near the road frontage and some of the excessively steep, well-drained mid-to-upper slopes. Overstocked forest canopy conditions prevail, and there is a dense overstory from tall trees throughout the woods. This vegetative “ceiling” provides relatively easy walking conditions due the limited undergrowth. Common throughout the forest are tree diameters well in excess of 18 inches, with tall, clean stems. The high percentage of sugar maple, and terrain that slopes towards the road frontage, offer opportunity for sugarbush management.