The Kingdom State Forest

The Kingdom State Forest

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Norton, Vermont 05907

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About this Location

In 1998, Champion International sold 132,000 acres of land in northeastern Vermont. Through a complex partnership, these lands were divided into three parcels. The most ecologically significant areas became public lands, while the largest areas continued as private working forests:

  • The State of Vermont acquired 22,000 acres for the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
  • The US Fish and Wildlife Service acquired 26,000 acres for the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Essex Timber Company acquired 84,000 acres for working forestry, with easements protecting certain natural resources and guaranteeing perpetual public access. This land was subsequently purchased by the Plum Creek Timber Company and again purchased by Weyerhaeuser.

In 2013, the former Champion lands were renamed Kingdom Heritage Lands and encompass the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area and the public access easement on the private timberlands currently owned by Weyerhaeuser.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

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Last updated October 18, 2023