Description - Over 1,000 acres are offered for hiking, hunting and swimming. The challenging Bald Mountain Trail opens to panoramic views once the hiker ascends 1,000 feet within the first mile. Swimming in natural pools of the West River are permitted.
- Townshend State Forests rests in the Places in History Travel Region known for its historical and cultural significance. Lying several miles east of Wardsboro and the boundary of Green Mountain National Forest, this area is surrounded by beautiful peaks and valleys laced with rushing streams. Bald Mountain is the significant knob within the forestland towering at 1,680 feet. A well-worn path invites hikers to challenge a steep 1,000-foot ascent to the bare summit. West River and Negro Brook traverse the land. The adjoining Townshend State Park offers an enjoyable overnight location for many of the areas attractions including the Alpine Slide in Bromley; Village Store and Bowl Mill in Weston; the Windham County Historical Museum in Newfane; Hildene, home of Robert Todd Lincoln and the Jelly Mill, Manchester; and Scott Covered Bridge State Historic Site, circa 1870.
Recreation - Townshend State Forest provides the outdoor enthusiast with an opportunity to experience primitive camping, hunting and swimming in an undisturbed environment amid a rolling mixed forest. Cross-country skiers are invited to use the gated grounds in winter. A favorite nearby recreation destination is Townshend Lake. This body of water comprises 95 acres and serves as a day use attraction for swimmers, picnickers, hikers and boaters (10 horse power limit). Anglers will find the primary catch is pan fish. Downstream from the State Forest near the Maple Valley Ski Area at Sugar Mountain, the West River widens offering anglers a respectable harvest of largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, pickerel, northern pike, walleye, and several species of trout.
Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (above 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Places in History Travel Region has an average precipitation of more than 44 inches (more than 112 centimeters). However, along the eastern boundary of this region, precipitation drops between 36 and 40 inches (91 to 102 centimeters).
From Newfane travel north on SR 30 approximately 2 - 3 miles turning left onto State Forest Road. Take this road into the Forest.