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Boulder Beach State Park

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Boulder Beach State Park
2278 Boulder Beach Road
Groton, Vermont 05046
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About Boulder Beach State Park
Boulder Beach State Park gets its name for the many large rocks left by glaciers on the sandy beach of Lake Groton and throughout Groton State Forest. The park is located on the eastern shore of 423-acre Lake Groton.

Native Americans historically traveled through the area now known as Groton to hunt, fish, and gather wild crops. As early as 1704, French settlers were using routes through Groton to reach Canada and Massachusetts. Colonists settled this area of Vermont earlier than other parts of the State due to the network of waterways which provided relatively easy access.

The rocky, tree-covered hillsides were originally made up of white pine, spruce, hemlock, beech, maple, and birch and were logged in the 19th century by local farmers for lumber, fuel, and potash. The logging industry was operated on a large scale for more than 100 years while the Montpelier and Wells River Railroad operated in the area.

Today, logging is still a vital industry; Groton State Forest is managed for multiple uses— including timber harvesting, wildlife habitat, and recreation. Groton State Forest, with over 26,000 acres, is the one of the largest contiguous tracts of public lands managed by the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation.
From Boulder Beach State Park webpage