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Moosalamoo national recreation area

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Moosalamoo (pronounced moose-ah-la-moo) is derived from the Abenaki word “Mozalômo” meaning “moose call, song or sound”


The National Recreation Area (NRA) designation acknowledges the high quality of recreational opportunities that exist in the Moosalamoo region. Arrive here via the gateway communities of Brandon, Middlebury or Rochester, Vermont to enjoy the more than 70 miles of well-maintained trails for year-round recreation.

Whether you want a family outing, romantic wedding, day hiking, cross-country or back country skiing, mountain biking, an overnight camp out, or maybe just a weekend escape to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in peace, the Moosalamoo NRA has it all.

Moosalamoo NRA is an easy half-day (or less) drive from Albany, Boston, Hartford, Montreal, and New York City. Find more information on how to get here and where to stay. 


With more than 70 miles of well-maintained trails, there are many day hikes with a variety of distances and difficulty. Hike to a scenic overlook, quiet stream or pristine lake only accessible on foot. MNRA also includes the handicap-accessible Robert Frost Interpretive Trail.

Trails, descriptions and access points 


    RV or tent? Back country or more civilized with  pools and activities for the kids. Reserve space at Branbury State Park, Silver Lake or  Moosalamoo campgrounds. You can make multi-day hikes with MNRA as your base camp and access huts operated by the Vermont Huts Association. 

    Camping choices and locations


      Wanna ride? You've come to the right place. MNRA offers awesome trails including the 14-mile Grand Tour of Moosalamoo and the 11-mile Chandler Ridge/Leicester Hollow Loop. Enjoy great views of Silver Lake and Lake Dunmore and ride through fern-covered Leicester Hollow. There's even a pump track for the kids. 

      Trails, descriptions and access points 


      In the heart of the MNRA are two pristine bodies of water-- Silver Lake and Sugar Hill Reservoir at Goshen Dam. Both offer quiet places to wade, splash and paddle. Plunge into a crisp, mountain fed pool on the Falls of Lana trail or hit the beach at Branbury State Park.

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      Hunt in the forests, fields and wetlands of the MNRA.  Hunted is permitted throughout the GMNF, with a few exceptions. Fish in the streams, ponds, and lakes for brook, brown, rainbow and lake trout, salmon, bass, pike, yellow perch, smelt and panfish.

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      If you live in or visit Vermont during the winter, you have to love snow and getting  outdoors. There are several winter sports opportunities within the MNRA--snow shoeing, backcounty skiing and snowmobiling on a network of trails.

      Trails, descriptions and access points




      MNRA’s diverse ecosystem is home to a large number of plants and animals. The region is also a marvelous recreation area for wildlife viewing, especially birding. Silver Lake, Lake Dunmore and Sugar Hill Reservoir are all home to nesting loon pairs.

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      Wild berries abound. Pick them while hiking on one of MNRA's 70 miles of trail, in the blueberry management area or pick cultivated blueberries at the eponymously named Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen.

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      Robert Frost spent his summers at the nearby Bread Loaf School of English. To commemorate this, vignettes of several poems are mounted along the trail in the woods and fields. The Robert Frost Interpretive Trail is suitable for children, elderly or disabled. 

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      Moosalamoo Association is grateful for support from its members and many local businesses.

      Benefactors, Supporters & Friends
      And generous support from Champlain Valley Equipment, Green Mountain Club/Breadloaf Section, Multy Builders, Rainbow Pediatrics, The Vermont Book Shop, Waterhouses Campground and Marina, and numerous individual donors. 

      Moosalamoo Association is a registered 501(c)(3).

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      Moosalamoo Association
      P.O. Box 148
      Brandon, VT  05733

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