Signal Mountain

About this Location

Signal Mountain is located in Groton State Forest. The mountain is flanked to the northwest by Spruce Mountain, and to the southwest by Butterfield Mountain.

The north side of Signal Mountain drains into Noyes Pond, thence into the South Branch of the Wells River, the upper Connecticut River, and into Long Island Sound in Connecticut. The east side drains into Heath Brook, thence into the South Branch of the Wells River. The south side drains into the Waits River, another tributary of the Connecticut River. The west side drains into Great Brook, thence into the Winooski River, Lake Champlain, and ultimately into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in Canada.

About Groton State Forest

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The acquisition of Groton State Forest began in 1919. The Forest is managed for timber resources, wildlife habitat, and recreational activities. Many rare, threatened, and endangered plants and animals occur in the Forest. The most sensitive species are associated with the cliffs, bogs and swamps, lakes, and forests around lakes.

Groton State Forest is home to seven state parks, the Groton Nature Center, and eight lakes and ponds. The area was once home to 12 sawmills and remnants are still visible. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was instrumental in developing the area, constructing roads, trails, fire lookouts, and picnic shelters, and planting trees within the forest. Glaciers covered the area 10,000 years ago and their retreat created the mountainous terrain mixed with streams, ponds, bogs, and wetlands.

Groton State Forest is also home to several state-designated natural areas, such as Peacham Bog Natural Area (748 acres) and Lords Hill Natural Area (25 acres).

Groton State Forest is open for varied and dispersed recreation, including but not limited to camping, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, trapping, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. The Montpelier and Wells River Railroad bed was converted to a multi-use trail and is part of the Cross Vermont Trail. Snowmobiling is allowed on designated VAST trails.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Groton State Forest Official Website, Wikipedia, and Birdwatching in Vermont

Last updated October 16, 2023