In the heart of the 26,000 acre Groton State Forest, Ricker Pond State Park was once the location of a working saw mill. The Montpelier-Wells River railroad ran through the park, and the former railroad bed is now part of the Cross-Vermont rail trail. When completed this will be a 75-mile bike trail between Burlington and Newbury. Ten miles of this trail run through the Groton Forest. With a packed gravel bed and average gradient of less than 2%, it is appropriate for family riding and is easily accessible for people with disabilities. The trail takes you in and out of woodlands and past secluded lakes. Family riders can do an easy out-and-back, where experienced cyclists may choose a day-long loop.
Ricker Pond has tent and lean-to camping, five cabins and a small, fully furnished cottage. Loons are common on this quiet pond. Your campsite registration gets you entry into all of the other Groton parks, too. With its vast network of trails, ponds, lakes, streams and forests, there are a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities to keep the whole family occupied. Bike Route links: Cross Vermont Trail