Recreation in Shaftsbury
“Shaftsbury is still an American small town, in a state that is still pioneering, particularly in conservation. Shaftsbury’s haunting special beauty lies in its open fields, its mountains, its clear water, its woods, its changes of season.”
— Ruth Levin, Ordinary Heroes; The Story of Shaftsbury
In addition to outdoor recreational opportunities, the town of Shaftsbury has a number of recreational facilities available to citizens and visitors.
Howard Park is located on Buck Hill Road and has baseball fields, tennis courts, playing fields, and dog walking opportunities. Through Howard Park runs the Linda Tilgner Memorial Nature Trail, illustrated here by local students in a Trail Guide and Brochure. There is a playground located on Cleveland Avenue, and a trout hatchery is located on Route 67 where you can see the absolutely huge trout that provide the eggs for thousands of trout every year as well as growing ponds for the younger trout.
Horses and horseback riding have figured prominently in Shaftsbury’s history. Once essential, but still an honored component, horses are part of our picturesque agricultural background. Trail rides, horse boarding, and riding instruction are all available at farms located around the town such as at Kimberly Farms and Shanderhof Farm.
The beautiful Lake Shaftsbury State Park offers seasonal recreation; swimming, hiking, picnicking, and canoeing.
To access the Green Mountain National Forest, use the Kelley Stand Road in East Arlington to access hiking trails, Grout Pond, Branch Pond, and many others.
- Trail Finder
- Shanderhof Farm – riding school
- Kimberly Farms – camps, trail rides, lessons
- Doornof Farm – 498 LaClair Rd – horse boarding
- Lake Shaftsbury
- VT Fish & Wildlife
- Green Mountain National Forest
- Robert Frost Trail
- Regional Fishing Map (PDF)
- Bennington Recreation Center – swimming, playground, gym
- Woodford State Park