Friday, July 28, 2017

Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, 7/22/2017

Established in 2007, the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area is almost 16,000 acres in the northern half of the Green Mountain National Forest in VT. 

We were interested in doing some hiking and selected two trails. The first was the Robert Frost Interpretative Trail in the northeastern portion of the area east of the town of Ripken on Rte 125. 

It is an easy one-mile loop trail through woods and fields. A wooden plaque at the beginning of the trail provides some background on Robert Frost, who lived in this area for 23 summers. A map is also provided of the trail here. 

What makes this trail so fun is that poems by Robert Frost are posted along the route. This area was an inspiration to him and his words reflect his feelings while spending time here. There are also signs that identify local fauna along the trail. 

When we retuned to the car we drove just a short distance and pulled over at the Robert Frost Wayside Area where there is a large, shaded picnic area. 

A road right next to the wayside leads to a parking area at the Homer Noble Farm, a National Historic Landmark. The cabin, where Frost lived for 23 summers, can be found here by hiking up the hill (just follow signs). It can only be seen from the exterior. 

Below is the view from his front porch

Returning to our car we saw this snake. (John loves snakes, so it's always a treat when we see one...even a small one!)

The second place we hiked at Moosalamoo NRA was the Falls of Lana Trail near Silver Lake (in the western portion of the area). This 1.2 mile loop trail provides good views of Lana Falls and the surrounding area. The trail is rated moderate due to the steps and rocky path with lots of tree roots. 

Lana Falls descend 138' with 5 drops (so it is a series of falls on Sucker Brook). This was our first glimpse of them.

Our sweet doggie, Sadie, couldn't wait to lay down in the stream to cool off. Across the bridge is a lovely picnic area and several primitive campsites. 

The biggest drop in the falls is 32'. You need to climb over some rocks to get a look at it. At the bottom is a pool where we saw hikers swimming. One even jumped off a cliff into water  (I couldn't even watch...I was envisioning a broken neck!)

Lake Dunmore could be seen in the distance from this point on the trail. It was beautiful here. 

We really enjoyed both hikes and were glad we had some nice weather to spend time in the Green Mountains. There are many more trails in the area as well as fishing, boating, and swimming in the summer and snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. Two campgrounds, Moosalamoo and Silver Lake, are available here.

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