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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.



Weather

Overcast
Saturday 10/01/2016 20%
Overcast
Cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 52F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of Rain
Sunday 10/02/2016 40%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 57F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Monday 10/03/2016 60%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Showers early then scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 67F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.
Mostly Cloudy
Tuesday 10/04/2016 20%
Mostly Cloudy
A mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 62F. Winds light and variable.
Clear
Wednesday 10/05/2016 10%
Clear
Sunny skies. High near 65F. Winds light and variable.


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