Huntington Gap WMA

Tips for Birding

The Long Trail passes through Huntington Gap Wildlife Management Area.

Birds of Interest

Ruffed grouse and turkey may be hunted in season. Expect to find forest-interior bird species of both hardwood and mixed hardwood and softwood habitats. Several warblers are present, including black-throated blue warblers, Blackburnian warblers, Canada warblers, and black and white warblers. Woodpeckers of several varieties may be found. Raptors include Cooper’s hawks and barred owls. Many other raptor species pass through during migration.

About this Location

Huntington Gap Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 1,568-acre parcel located in the towns of Huntington, Buels Gore, and Fayston. It is adjacent to Camel’s Hump State Park. It lies mainly on the west side of the main range of the Green Mountains between Burnt Rock Mountain and Molly Stark Mountain, including a low saddle known as Huntington Gap. The Long Trail, Catamount Trail, and a VAST snowmobile trail cross portions of the WMA. The WMA is owned by the State of Vermont and managed by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Timber rights on most of the WMA are owned by A. Johnson Lumber Company.

The WMA is completely forested. Elevations vary from 1,800 to 2,800 feet. Baker’s Brook flows through the southwest section of the property. The WMA supports a mix of northern hardwood forest and transitional yellow birch–red spruce forest. Red and sugar maple, yellow birch, beech, hemlock, red spruce, balsam fir, and mountain paper birch are common tree species.

Shrub species include hobblebush, striped and mountain maples, red-berried elderberry, and mountain ash. Over 50 kinds of herbaceous species – including blue cohosh, wild sarsaparilla, mountain aster, Canada-violet, sweet cicely, dogberry, red trillium wood-nettle, foam flower, twisted-stalk, wild lily-of-the-valley, and wood-sorrel occur here. Some of the ferns on the WMA are spinulose wood fern and rattlesnake, Christmas, Braun’s holly, and hay-scented ferns.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Huntington Gap Wildlife Management Area guide and map

Last updated December 3, 2023