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Almost by definition all land in Vermont is rural; only Wyoming has fewer residents, its capital, Montpelier, is the smallest state capital and its largest town, Burlington, is the least populous city to have the honor of being a state’s largest. Even the homes that are built are often unoccupied – 15% of all Vermont housing stock is classified as vacant or seasonal, the second highest rate in America.
Four out of every five acres in Vermont is covered in forest. The maples produce more syrup than any other state when they are tapped in the spring. Land that has been cleared for agriculture is reserved mostly for the state’s dairy herds. Much of that fresh milk is trucked to Waterbury to make Ben & Jerry’s super premium ice cream, the state’s most famous export. Some Vermont land is being purchased for vineyards – there were none in the state in 1985, today there are 14.
Much of the state’s private lands come with easements for public recreation. Most of Vermont’s 6,000 miles of snowmobile trails, used by 138 clubs, travel across private lands. The state controls its wildlife herds of deer, bear, moose and wild turkey with managed hunts. Waterfront property can be found along the state’s 800 ponds and lakes. Lake Champlain on 120 miles of Vermont’s western border is the country’s largest lake that isn’t a Great Lake.
Some of the Green Mountain State’s most attractive land resides in the Northeast Kingdom counties of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia. In the past the National Geographic Society has tabbed the Northeast Kingdom as the most desirable place to visit in America. The best way to explore these lands is on a mountain bike – the multi-use trail system here has been recognized as one of the best in the country.