Grout Pond Recreation Area


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Grout Pond Recreation Area is sixteen hundred acres of the Green Mountain National Forest set aside for recreation. Grout Pond is very popular for camping, hiking, canoeing, and fishing. It is open year-round and no camp fee is required, donations are accepted at the lower parking area bulletin board. Donations are utilized solely for Grout Pond Recreation Area. A Green Mountain National Forest campground host is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day to assist visitors and answer questions. Due to the high amount of use and the effects on the surrounding environment, camping is allowed in designated sites only. Please use pads and platforms provided. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis.
Contact: US Forest Service (
Posted by: Jeff Barber on January 2, 2006
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    Campground Activities

    Pond, Fishing and Hiking Opportunities

    Campground Amenities

    There is a cabin available when it is not occupied by the campground host or by work crews. The cabin’s main room has a fireplace, and there is a separate bunkroom with a woodstove. Near the cabin there are 6 vehicle accessible campsites, an open day-use area, and a barrier-free vault toilet. Down near the parking area there are another barrier-free vault toilet, a hand pump for drinking water, a 200-foot boat portage with an unloading area, and 5 day-use picnic areas with grills. At various locations along the northeastern shore of the pond there are 11 campsites (2 of which are shelters, each sleeping 6) and a day-use picnic site. All campsites are walk-in, however, 7 of these campsites can be reached by boat, and site #1 is wheelchair accessible with assistance. Each campsite has a picnic table, a tent platform or pad, and a fire ring. Plenty of hiking opportunities also exist with over 10 miles of trails, marked with blue diamonds.

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    Reviews of Grout Pond Recreation Area

    Reviewed by Guest on August 29, 2010

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    Our family loved staying at Grout Pond. We camped for free right on the edge of the pond, in a completely secluded section of forest. Everything about the place is perfect. The only complaint we had was a loud drunken party that went until 3 AM in camp site #1, on Friday night, August 27, 2010. The next day they hung US flags everywhere, as if to say, "We're OK because we're patriotic." They disgraced both our nation and our fine national resources. The rest of the three days were pure heaven!
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    Reviewed by Guest on July 27, 2010

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    This is an excellent National Forest recreation area. A large "pond", thought it is over a mile long, proximity to Stratton, many trails, though no one seems to be keeping them cleared albeit projects to upgrade camping access trail on east side of pond is notable; all in all a pretty area with camping on donation basis, thanks to the family that originally deeded the area to the federal government.
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