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Groton State Forest, Vermont – Volunteer Vacations 2022

July 31 - August 6

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Help build the Cross Vermont Trail – a new four season multi-use path spanning the width of Vermont! We are “connecting communities, their schools, and the natural areas in between.” The crew will build small bridges, drainage ditches, stone structures, and surface parts of the trail with gravel to make it universally accessible. Join the Cross Vermont Trail Association and work to create the foundation of a sustainable trail that is connecting communities across the entire state.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the Wabanaki (Dawnland Confederacy) and Abenaki / Abénaquis peoples past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, and those who continue to steward these lands today. AHS invites all volunteers to join us in our commitment to support and amplify the work of Indigenous communities as they work to dismantle the systems of oppression that these communities continue to face today.


Cross Vermont Trail Association


Car Camping Tent Sites


Day hiking up to 1 mile each work day.

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Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

Northern Vermont is a picture postcard landscape of small villages, side by side with rolling pastures, surrounded by forested expanses of hills, bogs and glacial lakes. Volunteers will work in and around the 25,000 acre Groton State Forest. Volunteers will camp in the state park with running water and hot showers. From the campground, there is easy access to lakes with paddling and swimming, and hiking to trails with summit views. It is also a short drive to the small but culturally vibrant towns nearby (and the Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory).

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will tent camp in a state park that provides running water and hot showers. All group cooking gear is provided. Volunteers need to supply their own tent and personal camping gear including sleeping bag, towels, and personal cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.


Burlington International airport in Burlington Vermont is the closest airport. Airport pick up and drop off is available for volunteers and will be arranged upon confirmation of the trip.


Big Deer State Park
Big Deer State Park, 1467 Boulder Beach Rd, Groton, VT 05046 United States + Google Map