White Rocks National Recreation Area
White Rocks National Recreation Area is a United States National Recreation Area located in southern Vermont, United States, within the Green Mountain National Forest. The Peru Peak and Big Branch Wilderness areas are within White Rocks NRA. Rising about 2,600 feet above The Valley of Vermont.
During the last Ice Age, glaciers scoured and exposed the Cheshire quartzite that makes up White Rocks Cliffs. Since that time, the White Rocks area has had a long history of human use. Native Americans quarried stone from the site for tools, and in the 1850s white settlers cleared the land for grazing. As the abandoned fields reverted to forest during this century, logging came to the area. Today, the White Rocks Cliffs have been set-aside as part of a National Recreation Area for backcountry recreation and to insure a continuous wildlife habitat.
Points of interest:
Recreational activities include camping and hiking on a 30 mile (48k) section of the Appalachian Trail that traverses the recreation area. There are also 61 miles (97.6k) of maintained snowmobile trails within the recreation area. Chaos Canyon is a cleft in a giant quartzite rockslide in the Area.
White Rocks Cliffs offers several beautiful vistas of the Route 7 valley, the Taconic Mountains, and the Adirondack Mountains in the distance.
Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.
Offical Gov't website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/...?recid=65137&actid=50
Sugar Hill Rd, Wallingford, VT 05773
United States Forest Service