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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 Forest- Townshend State Forest is a relatively small parcel offering only 200 acres at the foot of Bald Mountain. This beautiful scenic area offers views of waterfalls, chutes and pools.

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Townshend State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Townshend State Park
Description - 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.

Attractions - 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.

Recreation - Townshend State Park offers an array of activities from sight-seeing and fishing at nearby Townshend Lake Project to hiking the Bald Mountain Trail which begins in Townshend State Forest. This 41-acre parcel provides camping for area activities some of which include 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. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

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 about 2 miles to the park.


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Contact Information:
Townshend State Park, Route 1 Box 2650 , Townshend, VT, 05353, Phone: 802-365-7500

Additional Information:
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 Forest - Townshend State Forest is a relatively small parcel offering only 200 acres at the foot of Bald Mountain. This beautiful scenic area offers views of waterfalls, chutes and 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.

Links:
Vermont State Parks - Official Agency Website

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