Description - Shaftsbury State Park once served as a private recreation area until the mid 1970's. Today the small park offers 15 campsites all within a short walk from shore fishing, swimming, boat rental and picnic area. In addition the "Healing Springs Nature Trail" around the lake is very popular as well as scheduled nature talks.
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Shaftsbury State Park
- Lake Shaftsbury State Park is on an 102-acre parcel surrounding the small but picturesque Lake Shaftsbury. This popular park became part of the park system in 1974 before operating as a private campground and cabin facility. Located in southwestern Vermont, the park is convenient hiking trails in Green Mountain National Forest, historical sites, covered bridges and much more.
Recreation - Shaftsbury State Park once served as a private recreation area until the mid 1970's. Today the small park offers 15 lean-tos with access to fishing, swimming, boat rental, picnic area, hiking and scheduled nature programs. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.
Nearby attractions include the Bennington Monument and Museum, Bennington; Hildene and Equinox Hotel, Manchester; Norman Rockwell Museum, Arlington; and the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester.
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 Bennington travel 10 miles north on SR 7A to reach the park entrance.