East of Montpelier, the 26,000 acre Groton State Forest has a vast network of cross country skiing trails through rolling dense second growth forest. This is prime deer, black bear and moose habitat.
The Montpelier / Wells River Trail is a 14.5 mile multi-use trail along an old railroad grade.
To reach the Ricker Pond trailhead from the intersection of I-91 and US 302 west of Wells River, go west on US 302 for about 9 miles. Turn right on SR 232 and travel 2.5 miles to parking at Ricker Pond State Park.
Overall, Montpelier / Wells River Trail is the 18th most popular cross country ski area of all 29 Nordic ski destinations in Vermont.