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George D. Aiken Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the George D. Aiken Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 4,800 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Vermont and is managed by the Forest Service.


This wilderness was named after the late Vermont senator George D. Aiken. He was a strong advocate of preservation and a leader in securing the Eastern Wilderness Act of 1975. The Aiken Wilderness is situated on a plateau rising as high as 2,300 feet. General conditions are wet and marshy as the ground surface of the Aiken Wilderness is covered with a great deal of water. In spring and summer, be prepared for swarming mosquitoes and black flies. Beavers are very active here, chewing trees down to stumps and building dams. Brook trout live in their ponds and make for excellent fishing opportunities. Bears, moose, deer, otters, and many smaller mammals and birds share the area. Although not mountainous, this land of ponds, meadows, and brushy forest is purposely managed without established trails. Old logging roads, evident in some places, disappear quickly. Bushwhacking can be tough but worth a compass adventure.

Planning to Visit the George D. Aiken Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the George D. Aiken Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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