Encompassing 2,800 acres of dense forests, headwater streams, and scenic peaks, Rolston Rest is the largest inholding in the Green Mountain National Forest and serves as the viewshed for the nearby iconic Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The property has long been a popular destination for hikers, hunters, and skiers. Rolston Rest hosts three miles of the Long Trail, two miles of the Catamount Trail, and will include the new, multi-use Velomont Trail that one day will connect mountain bike networks and local communities along the entire length of Vermont. It also supports habitat for bear, moose, deer, and threatened northern long-eared bat.
Our future vision also includes a potential Patrick Leahy hut – a new year round cabin which would be operated by our partner, Vermont Huts Association. Part of a four-season hut-to-hut network linking rural communities across the state, the Leahy Hut will create a new point of access to the outdoors for generations of Vermonters and visitors alike.
The Trust for Public Land has recently purchased Rolston Rest, and will transfer the land to the U.S. Forest Service for permanent protection once all of the public and private funds have been secured. Adding the property to the Green Mountain National Forest will shield the land from the threat of development and forever guarantee public access.
The protection of strategic recreational and ecological gems like Rolston Rest is one of the main purposes of The Trust for Public Land’s Green Mountain Program.