Places to Camp near Townshend Lake

Looking for the best campgrounds near Townshend Lake, VT? Townshend Lake is an adventure-filled destination for those who love the outdoorsy camper lifestyle. But it's also great for those who prefer to spend time near the city, exploring and sightseeing. Get the dirt on all the best camping near Townshend Lake. Browse campgrounds by amenities, site types, and more.

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    Jamaica State Park Campground

    20 Reviews
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    Jamaica, Vermont

    Welcome to Jamaica State Park Campground, nestled near the charming town of Jamaica, VT. This place is a gem for anyone looking to escape into nature while still enjoying some creature comforts. The campground is open from May 12 to Columbus Day weekend, making it a perfect spot for spring, summer, and fall adventures.

    The campground offers a mix of tent and RV sites, along with 18 lean-tos, some of which are right on the West River. These lean-tos are highly sought after, so snagging one is a real treat. The sites are well-maintained and spacious, giving you plenty of room to spread out and relax.

    One of the standout features here is the access to the West River. You can cool off with a swim at Salmon Hole or explore the river's edge. The park also boasts some fantastic hiking and biking trails. The Overlook Trail offers a 2.5-mile loop with stunning ridge views, while the trail to Hamilton Falls is a must-see, especially if you love waterfalls. If you're up for a bit of a trek, biking partway and then hiking to the falls is a great option.

    For families, there's a playground and a small park area for kids to enjoy. Pets are welcome too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Just remember, there's no cell service in the park, but you can find Wi-Fi hotspots in the nearby village of Jamaica.

    Visitors have praised the friendly and accommodating staff, clean facilities, and the overall peaceful vibe of the campground. Whether you're here for a weekend getaway or a longer stay, Jamaica State Park Campground offers a fantastic mix of natural beauty and convenient amenities.

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    Woodford State Park Campground

    18 Reviews
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    316 Saves
    Bennington, Vermont

    Welcome to Woodford State Park Campground, nestled in the scenic town of Woodford, VT. This campground is a fantastic spot for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend. With a solid 4.5-star rating, it's clear that campers love it here.

    One of the standout features of this campground is its beautiful and clean bathrooms and showers. Visitors have raved about how well-maintained these facilities are, with individual shower rooms that lock and include benches, hooks, and shelves for your convenience. Just remember, the showers now require tokens instead of quarters, so grab those at the campground office.

    Speaking of the office, they sell firewood for $6 a bundle and even offer free kindling from leftover cuttings. You can also pick up ice and some fun merchandise while you're there.

    The campground offers a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, glamping options, and yurts. Some sites, like site 64, are particularly private and surrounded by trees, giving you that secluded feel while still being conveniently close to amenities like water spigots and bathrooms.

    For those who love water activities, the nearby reservoir is a highlight. It's perfect for kayaking, fishing, or just enjoying a peaceful paddle. There are also plenty of picnic tables and grills around the lake, making it a great spot for a day out.

    If hiking is more your speed, you'll find trails close by, including a nice 30-45 minute trail around the reservoir that's easy to navigate. Plus, the campground's proximity to the city of Bennington means you can easily pop into town if you need anything.

    Overall, Woodford State Park Campground offers a great mix of natural beauty, convenient amenities, and a peaceful atmosphere. Whether you're here for a weekend or a longer stay, you're bound to have a memorable time.

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    Molly Stark State Park Campground

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    Wilmington, Vermont

    Molly Stark State Park Campground, nestled in the woods near Wilmington, VT, is a gem for those seeking a peaceful and rustic camping experience. Open from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend, this campground offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle.

    The campground features a mix of tent, RV, and glamping accommodations. While there are no electric hookups, you’ll find drinking water, showers, toilets, and a sanitary dump station available. Fires are allowed, and firewood can be purchased on-site. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    Visitors have praised the campground for its cleanliness and the friendliness of the staff. One camper mentioned how a park worker named Jerry went above and beyond to help fix an issue with their RV. The sites are well-maintained, with some offering lean-to structures for added convenience. The campground is also noted for its quiet and secluded atmosphere, making it an ideal spot to unwind.

    For those who enjoy hiking, the Mt. Olga Fire-tower trail is a must-do. The trail offers stunning views and can be accessed directly from the campground. If you’re up for a short drive, the nearby town of Wilmington is worth a visit. It’s a classy little town with several microbreweries and a distillery, perfect for a day trip.

    In summary, Molly Stark State Park Campground is a fantastic spot for a no-frills, back-to-nature camping experience. Whether you’re staying for a night or a week, you’ll find plenty to enjoy in this serene woodland setting.

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    Emerald Lake State Park Campground

    17 Reviews
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    131 Saves
    Danby, Vermont

    Welcome to Emerald Lake State Park Campground, nestled near Dorset, Vermont. This place is a gem for anyone looking to escape into nature while still having some comforts. The campground is open from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend, making it a perfect summer and early fall destination.

    The campground offers a mix of tent, RV, and glamping accommodations, so there's something for everyone. One of the standout features here is the beautiful Emerald Lake itself. The lake is clear, warm, and perfect for swimming, kayaking, and fishing. There's even a nice beach area where you can relax and soak up the sun.

    Visitors often rave about the spacious and private campsites. Many sites are large and wooded, providing a good amount of privacy and a serene atmosphere. The facilities are well-maintained, with clean bathrooms and hot showers, although you might need some quarters for the showers. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    For families, the campground is a hit. There's a concession stand, picnic areas, and even a playground to keep the kids entertained. If you're up for a bit of exploring, Manchester is just a short drive away. It's a charming town with great restaurants and shops. Some campers have recommended checking out Lyle Brook Falls for a beautiful hike and Honeypie in Jamaica for some fantastic burgers and shakes.

    Whether you're here for the fishing, the hiking, or just to unwind by the lake, Emerald Lake State Park Campground has got you covered. Enjoy your stay and make the most of this beautiful spot!

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    Camping On The Battenkill

    18 Reviews
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    344 Saves
    Arlington, Vermont

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    Camping On The Battenkill is a quiet nature orientated campground on 35acres of land that offers large spacious private sites in 30 Acres of forest, 2 rivers and a large open field area for group bookings. The beauty of The Battenkill and Roaring Branch rivers can be experienced throughout the varied terrain of the campground. We have RV Sites and Raw Camping sites that are situated on the Battenkill River the other sites are located in the forest or open field. Life does not get better than this! A natural swimming hole with a sandy beach lies in the midst of the campground with all campers having access to it for long cool summer’s day experiences. Campers also enjoy tubing and canoeing on the river as well as basking in the sun, or taking their pets for long cool walks through the forest. The Battenkill is noted as an exceptional trout stream for fishing and we even offer guided fishing tours right from the campground. On rainy days campers can enjoy the games room or take a covered bridge tour nearby the campground. We offer a mobile honey wagon service for campers who require longer stays. The campground is well known for creating memories and experiences that last a lifetime so book your stay now and start making memories. 

    Nearby Attractions: Lake Shaftsbury State Park, Battenkill River, Mount Equinox, Covered Bridges, Lye Brook Wilderness, Merck Forest, Lincoln House, Robert Frost Stone House Museum, Norman Rockwell Art Museum and Sugar Shack, Christmas Day Shop, Shaftsbury Alpaca Farm, Manchester VT for world class shopping, and many other local attractions. 

    Nearby Cities/Town: Arlington, Shaftsbury, Bennington, Manchester.

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    $45 - $57 / night

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    Winhall Brook Camping Area - TEMPORARILY CLOSED

    10 Reviews
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    148 Saves
    South Londonderry, Vermont

    Overview

    NOTICE: Due to damages sustained during the 2023 floods, in addition to planned infrastructure upgrades, the Winhall Brook Camping Area will be closed for the entirety of the 2024 Recreation Season. As of now, we anticipate a tentative reopening on May 16, 2025. Thank you for your understanding. Winhall Brook Camping Area is nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont along Winhall Brook and the West River, seven miles from Ball Mountain Lake. The campground has strong appeal to the outdoorsman at heart, offering hiking, biking and fishing opportunities in a beautiful natural setting.

    Recreation

    The campground offers several waterways in which to fish and play. The West River and Winhall Brook are home to brook, rainbow and brown trout. Hiking and biking are popular summer activities with cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. The West River Trail stretches 16 miles along parts of the long-since-abandoned West River Railroad, providing a safe and scenic route for hiking, biking and cross country skiing in the winter months. The trail connects the villages of South Londonderry, Jamaica and Townshend. Ball Mountain Lake is nearby with fishing, boating, hiking and scenic overlooks. You can access the lake at our car-top boat launch which also provides shore fishing access. Hiking trails offer great views of Angel Falls to the north and Hamilton Falls to the south along the West River Trail. Water is released from the dam to create whitewater opportunities for rafting and kayaking the first weekend in May and the last weekend in September.

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    The campground offers several waterways in which to fish and play. The West River and Winhall Brook are home to brook, rainbow and brown trout. Hiking and biking are popular summer activities with cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. The West River Trail stretches 16 miles along parts of the long-since-abandoned West River Railroad, providing a safe and scenic route for hiking, biking and cross country skiing in the winter months. The trail connects the villages of South Londonderry, Jamaica and Townshend. Ball Mountain Lake is nearby with fishing, boating, hiking and scenic overlooks. You can access the lake at our car-top boat launch which also provides shore fishing access. Hiking trails offer great views of Angel Falls to the north and Hamilton Falls to the south along the West River Trail. Water is released from the dam to create whitewater opportunities for rafting and kayaking the first weekend in May and the last weekend in September.

    Natural Features

    Winhall Brook consists of broad grassy meadows surrounded by heavily wooded areas. The campground lies among a beautiful northern hardwood forest, which provides outstanding fall color and wildlife habitat. Visitors enjoy catching glimpses of the region's wildlife which may include moose, white-tailed deer, black bear, bald eagles, owls, osprey, woodpeckers and a wide variety of songbirds.

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    For local information, please call (802) 824-4570 or call (978) 318-8914 for general information.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Please see Recreation.gov changes and cancellation policy at the link below: Changes and cancellations__

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    $24 / night

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    Ashuelot River Campground

    15 Reviews
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    79 Saves
    West Swanzey, New Hampshire

    Welcome to Ashuelot River Campground, a charming spot nestled near Swanzey, NH. This place is a gem for anyone looking to escape into nature while still enjoying some modern comforts. The campground operates from May 1 to October 31, making it a perfect seasonal retreat.

    One of the standout features here is the friendly and helpful staff. Visitors often rave about how welcoming and accommodating everyone is, which really sets the tone for a pleasant stay. The campground is also known for being clean and well-maintained, with super clean bathrooms and convenient amenities like electric and water hookups.

    If you're bringing your furry friend along, you'll be happy to know that this place is very pet-friendly. There are pet poo drop boxes and bags available, and plenty of trails where your dog can burn off some energy. Speaking of trails, there are some lovely paths along the river, offering scenic views and a peaceful atmosphere.

    For those who enjoy water activities, the river is a big draw. While some visitors mentioned that the river can be a bit fast-moving after a rainstorm, it's generally a great spot for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. You can rent kayaks and canoes right at the campground, so no need to haul your own gear.

    The sites themselves are varied, with options ranging from riverside spots to wooded areas. Whether you're in a tent, RV, or looking for a cabin or glamping experience, there's something for everyone. The sites are spacious and come with picnic tables and fire rings, making it easy to settle in and enjoy your stay.

    One thing to note is the proximity to Rt 10, which can bring some car noise, but most visitors find it a minor inconvenience compared to the overall tranquility of the campground. Just make sure to follow the directions on their website to avoid the low covered bridges when you're driving in.

    All in all, Ashuelot River Campground offers a delightful mix of natural beauty, friendly service, and convenient amenities. It's a place where you can truly relax and enjoy the great outdoors.

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    $47 - $70 / night

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    Fort Dummer State Park Campground

    10 Reviews
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    Brattleboro, Vermont

    Fort Dummer State Park, located in the Connecticut River Valley just outside of Brattleboro, has 217 acres of forest land.

    The park was named after Fort Dummer, the first permanent European settlement in Vermont. Built on the frontier in 1724, it was initially the gateway to the early settlements along the banks of the Connecticut River. Forty-three English soldiers and twelve Mohawk Indians manned the fort in 1724 and 1725. Later, the fort protected what was then a Massachusetts colony from an invasion by the French and Indians. Made of sturdy white pine timber, stacked like a log cabin, Fort Dummer served its purpose well.

    The park overlooks the site of Fort Dummer which was flooded when the Vernon Dam was built on the Connecticut River in 1908. This site can be seen from the northernmost scenic vista on the Sunrise Trail. It is now underwater near the lumber company located on the western bank of the river.

    Located in the southern foothills of the Green Mountains, the forest is more like those of southern New England than like a typical Vermont forest. Southern tree species such as white, red, and chestnut oaks, dominate the hardwood forest, which also contains beech, maple, yellow birch, and white birch.

    An abundance of oak trees provides food and shelter for gray squirrels, turkeys, and deer. Ruffed grouse also inhabit these woods, attracted by its dense woody cover and open understory.

    Facilities / Amenities The campground has 50 tent/trailer sites and 10 lean-to sites. These are located in two adjacent areas and are served by two toilet buildings, both with coin-operated hot showers. There is a sanitary dump station, but there are no hookups. Also located within the park is a small picnic area, hiking trails (one of which leads to a swimming hole) and a large open field.

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    Kampfires

    8 Reviews
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    33 Saves
    West Chesterfield, New Hampshire
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    $30 - $50 / night

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    Grout Pond Recreation Area

    7 Reviews
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    Sunderland, Vermont

    Grout Pond Recreation Area is 1,600 acres of the Green Mountain National Forest set aside for year-round recreation. Grout Pond is a very popular destination for camping, hiking, canoeing, and fishing. Over 10.0 miles of multipurpose trails are available through relatively flat, low-lying terrain. The trails are marked with blue diamond blazes, are available for year-round hiking, but can be extremely wet and muddy at times. Trails connect with a more extensive trail system of nearby Somerset Reservoir. In winter, the trails are open to ungroomed skiing and are rated easy to more difficult. Snowmobiles are restricted to Forest Road 262 and a portion of the West Trail. These trails are marked with orange diamond blazes. Grout Pond Trails Camp Loop - .9 miles, Easy East Trail - 3.2 miles, Easy-Moderate Hill Top Trail .8 miles Moderate Pond Loop 2.6 miles Easy West Trail 2.8 mies Moderate Additional Resources Grout Pond Recreation Area Brochure and Map

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    $16 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Townshend Lake?

According to TheDyrt.com, Townshend Lake offers a wide range of camping options, with 160 campgrounds and RV parks near Townshend Lake and 14 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Townshend Lake?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Townshend Lake is Jamaica State Park Campground with a 4.6-star rating from 20 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Townshend Lake?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 14 free dispersed camping spots near Townshend Lake.

What parks are near Townshend Lake?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 15 parks near Townshend Lake that allow camping, notably Edward MacDowell Lake and Tully Lake.