- 2755 State Forest Road, Townshend, VT 05353, USA
Townshend State Park is located at the foot of Bald Mountain on a bend of the West River. There is a view of Rattlesnake Mountain to the north from the ranger’s quarters.
A hiking trail leads to the summit of the mountain, a vertical climb of 1,100 feet from the campground. Geological features along the trail include waterfalls, chutes, and pools. From the top of the mountain, vistas provide views to the north, south, and east.
During the depression, a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp was based in the campground, which was part of a federal work program for the unemployed. The CCC laid out a large camping area and picnic area and constructed a stone house and steel fire tower. The house was built from stone quarried in the forest. Several handcrafted stone arch bridges, the work of local masons, can also be seen in the Townshend area.
The park is mainly a camp area of approximately 41 acres included in the 856-acre Townshend State Forest. To the south of the camp area is Bald Mountain which rises to an elevation of 1,680 feet. Down the state park road to the north is the Townshend Dam Recreation Area managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. This provides swimming and other day use activities for visitors in the area.
The campground, situated in a wooded area, has 30 tent/trailer sites and 4 lean-to sites. There are two bathrooms, one of which has showers ($). A picnic shelter with a fireplace and three tables is attached to the ranger’s quarters. There is a trail to the top of Bald Mountain for day hiking. Note: Due to the parks physical layout, there is a limit of 6 people per site and only one (1) vehicle per site.
Townshend – East Hill Bison Farm, Army Corps. of Engineers Recreation Area, Scott Covered Bridge, Antique Shops;
Bromley – Summer Adventure Park
Weston – Vermont Country Store and Weston Playhouse
Newfane – Flea Market (Sundays), Windham Country Historical Museum
Latitude/Longitude: 43.048695 , -72.697731
Camping Season: May 26 - Sept 5
- swimming pool
- lp gas
- modem connection
- sewer hookups
- other swimming
- cable tv
- dump station
- recreation hall
- group area
- phone hookups
From the North - Take Route 30 South to the Townshend Lake Recreation Area; turn right over dam, then left at T-intersection. Park is 2 miles ahead on right. From the South - Take Route 30 North to State Forest Road. Park is 2 miles ahead on left.
Wednesday 12/07/2016 10%
Considerable cloudiness. Lows overnight in the mid 20s.
Thursday 12/08/2016 20%
Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 36F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 12/09/2016 20%
Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 28F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday 12/10/2016 0%
Partly cloudy skies. High 26F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 12/11/2016 20%
A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. High near 30F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
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