Please be aware that the northern half of Vermont was affected by major flooding. Roads to trailheads may not be open for the weekend, turn around if you encounter closed roads.

Townshend State Park

This trail system is currently CLOSED. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail system is currently CLOSED. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
The Bald Mt Hiking Trail provides nice views from the summit of Bald Mt.
Trail Activity
3.40 miles, Round Trip
Townshend (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
Permitted on leash
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Please note that due to flooding, the Bald Mountain Trail is temporarily closed until further notice.


3.4 miles round trip, 3 hours. Blue blazes.

This hiking trail leads to the summit of Bald Mountain, a vertical climb of 1100 feet from the trailhead at the campground providing a moderate to difficult hike. The trail crosses Negro Brook on a wooden bridge and then ascends quickly, following the steep ravine of Negro Brook for about the first half mile. The trail then crosses the brook again at a ford (no bridge) and winds its way up the mountain through hemlocks and hardwood forests. The last ¼ mile is a steep climb over some exposed ledges. The summit is dry and more open, with oaks, white pine and hophornbeam trees. Summit elevation is 1680'. Vistas provide scenic views to the north and south.

Return by the same route.


The park was constructed during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a public works program aimed at putting young men to work. The park looks basically the same as it did when constructed between 1934-1938.  The park includes a picnic area, 4 lean-tos and 30 tent sites and the Bald Mt Hiking Trail.

Townshend State Park sits in the middle of Townshend State Forest, which was established in 1912.  Initially, the primary objective for this land was timber management with a fire tower being constructed in 1924. The fire tower was removed in 1949.


Trail Manager

Visit Vermont State Parks online for more information and a printable map or contact:

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation Region 1: Springfield Region

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation Region 1: Springfield Region
100 Mineral Street, Suite 304
Springfield, VT 05156-3168
Phone: (802) 505-5935
View website

Trail Tips

Travel on Durable Surfaces
If you have to step off the trail, step onto a rock or soil. Avoid stepping on fragile vegetation.
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Trailhead Information

Access to the state park is provided by Town Highway #4, a gravel road paralleling the West River. The state park is located at the base of Bald Mountain’s north face. Day entry fees apply during the operating season. Parking within the park is available during the operating season only. When the park is closed, limited parking is available along the town road.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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Some or all of the trails in this system are temporarily closed due to flooding.


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