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Townshend Lake- A 95-acre lake provides an attractive setting for the day-use area with swimming, picnicking, hiking and boating (10 horse power limit). A historic covered bridge is located downstream.
Townshend State Park- 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. Hiking offers views of beautiful waterfalls, chutes and quiet pools.

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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.

Attractions - 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).

Location - From Newfane travel north on SR 30 approximately 2 - 3 miles turning left onto State Forest Road. Take this road into the Forest.


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Vermont Dept. of Forests Parks & Recreation, 103 South Main Street , Waterbury, VT, 05671-0601, Phone: 802-241-3670, Fax: 802-244-1481
, parks@fpr.anr.state.vt.us

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Southern Vermont - Southern Vermont is also known as the Places in History Travel Region due to the historical significance prior to the Revolutionary War and beyond. The 20th century presented the famed artist Norman Rockwell and the city of Brattleboro boasts as the location where Rudyard Kipling produced his finest writings. Beautiful roadways lend themselves to the discovery of nearly a dozen covered bridges, many of which reside on the National Register of Historic Places.
Townshend Lake - A 95-acre lake provides an attractive setting for the day-use area with swimming, picnicking, hiking and boating (10 horse power limit). A historic covered bridge is located downstream.
Townshend State Park - 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. Hiking offers views of beautiful waterfalls, chutes and quiet pools.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.

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