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Ricker Pond, Groton

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Ricker Pond
Ricker Pond State Park
Groton, Vermont 05046
Ricker Pond State Park webpage
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Ricker Pond – Groton (95 acres)
Coordinates: 44.2462352, -72.2441142
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About Ricker Pond
Ricker Pond State Park is on Ricker Pond.

Ricker Pond (95 acres) is a site for the Vermont LoonWatch annual survey. Birders are encouraged to volunteer as often and whenever they are able. See Join LoonWatch for details.

About Ricker Pond State Park
Ricker Pond State Park, established in the 1930s, is located on the western shores of Ricker Pond and adjacent to the Montpelier-Wells Rail Trail (Cross Vermont Trail).

As early as 1704, Native Americans and the French were using routes through Groton to reach Canada and Massachusetts. Colonists settled this area of Vermont slightly earlier than the rest of the state through the accessible network of waterways.

The rocky, tree-covered hillsides were originally cloaked with white pine, spruce, hemlock, beech, maple, and birch. These were logged by local farmers for lumber, fuel, and potash. The logging industry was large-scale for almost 100 years while the railroad was operating. Today, logging is still a vital industry in the area but has lost some of its dominance in favor of modern society’s leisure time movement Рprivate cottages/seasonal homes and a variety of outdoor recreation activities.

Groton State Forest, with over 26,000 acres, is the second-largest landholding administered by the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. It contains over 17 miles of hiking trails and over 20 miles of gravel roads and multi-use trails suitable for mountain biking and horseback riding.
From Ricker Pond State Park webpage