Spring also means that the CCC Road will soon open.

A Vermont local along the CCC Road.

A Vermont local along the CCC Road.

Discovering Vermont is an adventure best unveiled while travelling the back roads without a map.  Here at the October Country Inn, we love back road travel whether it be by car, bike, or on foot.  So, if we’re sitting around after breakfast discussing the day’s sightseeing options, don’t be surprised when we suggest you check out the nearby CCC Road.  This road’s name is derived from the Civilian Conservation Corps–because they built it.

Remains of an old CCC shelter at the trailhead to the Shrewsbury Peak trail.

Remains of an old CCC shelter at the trailhead to the Shrewsbury Peak trail.

After the stock market crash of 1929, and the country’s drastic economic depression that followed, then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt formed the CCC in order to put the unemployed to work.  Known as “Roosevelt’s Forest Army,”  over 3 million needy young men were provided shelter, 3 meals a day, some education, and new skills while carrying out forest conservation projects in thousands of camps all around the country.  The CCC Road was one such project, it was built in the early 1930s joining the CCC camps  in Plymouth and the Shrewsbury.

ccc road mapThis road, closed during the winter months, is roughly six miles of decent hard-packed dirt that runs from Route 100 just south of Woodward Lake in neighboring Plymouth, across the Plymsbury Plateau and ending in North Shrewsbury where it’s a short trip to Rutland and points west.  Although you can stop anywhere along the road and pull off, there are several places you can get out to walk and explore. At one mile is Tinker Brook State Natural Area. Access is on the south side at a curve in the road (there is no sign, only a small pull off for parking). A short walk in takes you to the hiking shelter.  At 2.0 miles (one mile east of Tinker Brook) is the east access to Shrewsbury Peak.  At 2.9 miles (1.9 miles east of the east Shrewsbury Peak access) is a gated access on the north side of the road. On the south side of the road is a small pull-off and access into the Plymouth Wildlife Management Area.