Woodford, Vermont is located east of Bennington along U.S. Route 9 running easterly from Bennington and has approximately 425 residents. So far it has escaped urbanization and suburbia and remains as it has been for centuries. Heavily forested with lands secured in the Vermont National Forest Program, it has high elevations and a mountain plateau. Spring comes late and winter early. Summer and fall are lush and brilliant. There is a local elementary school and the “Roaring Branch River” that feeds into the Walloomsac on the way to the Hudson River on the east side of the mtn. and on the west side the waters flow down to the Deerfield River and into the Connecticut River.
All and all Woodford is “not for sissies”! For outdoor enthusiasts it is nirvana with ice cold river swimming holes, a vigorous SnoBusters club with safety rules and community events for all ages of snowmobilers, and a great cross country venue called Prospect Mountain with a lodge and groomed trails. There is also a small mountain lake, Woodford Lake, which has become Woodford Lake Estates. It has an active residential community with some year round residents. There is also a Vermont State Park with swimming, boating, cabins and lean-tos bordered by the George Aiken Wilderness Area in the Vermont National Forest. Many a day, you will see hikers getting off or on the Molly Stark Trail, part of the Appalachian Trail or heading into town (Bennington) for supplies and mail. Hunting, fishing and skiing are a way of life here. The community is small but solid and welcomes visitors and new residents. Just don’t complain, it is what it is a rugged mountain town. Woodford folks, both full time and seasonal or just visitors love Woodford just as it is.
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