A secluded mountainside parcel, offering large easterly views, a central building site and a fine location between Vermont's best ski resorts and job markets.
Hayes Road Forest is located in central Vermont in the town of Duxbury, Washington County. Duxbury is a small village adjacent to the more significant town of Waterbury, known as the “Crossroads of Vermont.” Waterbury lies at the junction of Interstate 89 and State Route 100, providing easy access to Stowe (20 minutes north), Waitsfield and Sugarbush (20 minutes south), Burlington (30 minutes northwest) and Montpelier (10 minutes east). Waterbury itself offers a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as the famed Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory. A wide variety of employers, cultural amenities, shops and restaurants, as well as recreational opportunities, lie close by or within 30 minutes of the area. The forest is just 5 miles from the Exit 10 interchange on Interstate 89 in Waterbury. From here, it is a 3-hour trip southeast to Boston or 6 hours southwest to New York City.
The property is just 2.75 miles from Route 100 via Crossett Hill Road. Hayes Road is a short, dead-end spur off Crossett Hill Road. From their junction, the drivable portion of Hayes Road ends after 0.2 miles, as does electric service. From here, the road continues as a trail, paralleling a mountain stream. After 1,200’, the trail crosses the stream to the property’s eastern corner. An old farm road leads up from the stream into a formerly cleared area that would make a nice camp or house site. The trail and old farm road are not currently passable by vehicles and would need significant upgrading, including a large culvert at the stream crossing.
Hayes Road Forest offers a secluded spot for a seasonal or year-round, off-grid home with sweeping valley and mountain views. The property rests on the upper slopes of Crossett Hill, a large north-south ridge just east of Camel’s Hump. Overall, the property is a gentle slope, once the climb from Hayes Road trail is achieved. In the far northern section, there is another valley carved by a mountain stream.
In 2004, an area near the center of the property was cleared for a possible house site and to show the sweeping views. This area now hosts saplings and small trees, but could be re-cleared for establishing a building site and enjoying the views. From here, one could look down on the Winooski River Valley and village of Waterbury and across to the significant ridgeline of the Worcester Mountain Range. The location is extremely private with little-to-no noise or light pollution.
Above the regenerating area, the forest is a mix of red maple, white birch and red spruce, among other species. The forest regenerated from abandoned pasture and is calculated to be about 80 years old, on average. Most of the stems are pole sized and no immediate treatment is recommended. With the large, private holdings of forestland on Crossett Ridge and the state land associated with Camel’s Hump to the west, game are likely to be quite active in this region.