CCC Pond

About this Location

CCC Pond is located within Charles Downer State Forest.

About Charles Downer State Forest

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Downer State Forest was established in 1910 as a gift from Charles Downer for the purposes of establishing a demonstration area of “experimental and scientific forestry”. Extensive conifer plantations planted by Charles Downer are still managed today, and the road, camp, and fishing pond built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) are still in use today.

The Downer State Forest Road is a well-maintained gravel road used for forest management, vehicles, and recreation. It is a popular walk or bike and offers many views of well-managed forests, both native and conifer plantations. Forest management has been intensive and ongoing with many large trees visible from the road.

The Downer State Forest Road is the focal point of recreational activity in the forest, providing opportunities for walkers, runners, bikers, horseback riders, and motorists. During the winter, the road becomes a snowmobile trail groomed by the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) and part of a popular cross-country ski trail maintained by the Town Conservation Commission. An active timber sale program provides good hunting opportunities for game species such as deer and ruffed grouse.

Notable Trails

The TrailFinder website has a description and map of a hike at Charles Downer State Forest.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Charles Downer State Forest Official Website

Last updated October 7, 2023