Forestry students in Talcott Forest

Located approximately seven miles east of the University of Vermont campus, the Talcott Forest consists of 83 acres in Williston. Given to the University by the Talcott family in 1962, the deed designates use of the land for educational, scientific, and extension activity. 

The Talcott Forest is being managed as a natural succession forest. Majestic hemlock-hardwood stands characterize the eastern section, while beech-birch-maple stands comprise the heart of the forest. White and red pine plantations are also located within this forest. Historically, the Talcott Forest has been popular with nordic skiers and hikers. Its close proximity to the UVM campus makes it valuable for use in courses such as dendrology, forest ecology, forest ecosystem analysis, or for studying wildlife habitat. 

Driving Directions

Before visiting the Talcott Forest, be aware that there are no parking facilities or direct road access into this forest.  Following Route 2 out of Burlington, towards Richmond, you will pass through Taft Corners and eventually come to Williston Village. Once in the village you will come to a four way stop sign with a white church on the corner. Take a left onto North Williston Road. Exactly 1 mile down this road turn right onto Governor Chittendon Road. About a 1/2 mile down this road you will see a parking sign for Catamount Family Center. Across from this sign you will see a large white farm house and a dirt road. This is where vehicular transportation must end. Walking down the farm road until it ends will bring you to a hill, climb to the top of this hill and the Talcott Forest will be in front of you.