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Townshend State Park

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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.

Area Attractions:

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



Email: parks@anr.state.vt.us

Phone: 802-365-7500

Latitude/Longitude: 43.048695 , -72.697731

Camping Season: May 26 - Sept 5


Amenities

  • tenting
  • store
  • swimming pool
  • fishing
  • lp gas
  • modem connection
  • pullthrus
  • sewer hookups
  • laundry
  • other swimming
  • rentals
  • pets
  • cable tv
  • lodging
  • dump station
  • recreation hall
  • boating
  • group area
  • phone hookups
  • slideouts
  • wi-fi

Directions

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.



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Sunny to partly cloudy. High 38F. Winds light and variable.
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Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will give way to cloudy skies with snow developing in the afternoon. Some sleet or freezing rain possible. High 38F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 80%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
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Areas of freezing rain possible early. Snow showers in the morning will give way to a mixture of rain and snow in the afternoon. High 34F. Winds light and variable. Chance of precip 70%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
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Partly cloudy skies. High 41F. Winds light and variable.


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