• Andrea Davis

Your Guide To NH's State Parks

Odiorne Point State Park

Town: Rye (Rockingham County)

Odiorne Point State Park is a family-friendly park located along the seacoast. Enjoy walking along with a network of trails or visit the Seacoast Science Center, which is situated in the park.


Rollins State Park

Town: Warner (Merrimack County)

Rollins State Park is home to Mount Kearsage, with a paved road and a short half-mile hike that leads to the scenic summit, featuring a picnic area and fire tower, along with a 360-degree view of the surrounding area.


Milan Hill State Park

Town: Milan (Coos County)

Milan Hill State Park is a 102-acre public recreation area home to a restored fire tower that offers incredible views of the nearby area. Popular activities in the park include camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, picnicking,


Ellacoya State Park

Town: Gilford (Belknap County)

Ellacoya State Park is located on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire’s most extensive lake. The 600-foot long sandy beach boasts views across the lake to the Sandwich and Ossipee mountain ranges.


Jericho Mountain State Park

Town: Berlin (Coos County)

Jericho Mountain State Park offers various activities, including snowmobiling, mountain biking, camping, swimming, fishing, and canoeing.


White Lake State Park

Town: Tamworth (Carroll County)

White Lake State Park is a public recreation area that surrounds 125-acre White Lake, a glacial lake. Popular activities in the park include camping, hiking, boating, swimming, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, and snowshoeing.


Pawtuckaway State Park

Town: Nottingham (Rockingham County)

Pawtuckaway State Park is one of the largest state parks in southeastern New Hampshire. It is home to Pawtuckaway Lake and Pawtuckaway Mountains. Popular activities in the park include hiking, camping, kayaking, canoeing, biking, picnicking, and fishing.


Echo Lake State Park

Town: North Conway (Carroll County)

Echo Lake State Park is a public recreation area that features Echo Lake, Cathedral Ledge, and White Horse Ledge. Popular activities in the park include swimming, hiking, boating, picnicking, hiking, and fishing.


Franconia Notch State Park

Town: Lincoln (Grafton County)

Franconia Notch State Park is a scenic mountain pass that extends from the Flume Gorge to Echo Lake in the White Mountain National Forest’s heart. Popular activities in the park include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and fishing.


Bear Brook State Park

Town: Allenstown (Merrimack County)

Bear Brook State Park is the biggest developed state park in New Hampshire, covering over 10,000 miles. The park is established in the state’s southeast region, with numerous things to do and see for everyone. Popular activities in the park include snowshoeing, hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, boating, fishing, canoeing, camping, horseback riding, and swimming.


Weeks State Park

Town: Lancaster (Coos County)

The Weeks Estate is a historic country estate built in 1912 for John Wingate Weeks, atop Prospect Mountain overlooking the Connecticut River. It is one of the state’s best-preserved early 20th-century country estates.


Moose Brook State Park

Town: Gorham (Coos County)

Moose Brook State Park is located in the White Mountains Region just north of the Presidential Range. Moose Brook runs through the park and numerous trails that are excellent for exploring on foot or mountain bike. Popular activities in the park include swimming, fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking, snowshoeing, and mountain biking.


Crawford Notch State Park

Town: Hart’s Location (Carroll County)

Crawford Notch State Park is located in northern New Hampshire. The 5,775-acre park occupies Crawford Notch, a significant pass through the White Mountains. The park is home to dozens of hiking trails, scenic overlooks, waterfalls, and campgrounds.


Umbagog Lake State Park

Town: Errol (Coos County)

Umbagog Lake State Park is a 1,360-acre park located on the southern shore of Umbagog Lake. Popular activities in the park include swimming, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, wildlife watching, and picnicking.


Rye Harbor State Park

Town: Rye (Rockingham County)

Rye Harbor State Park offers scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Isles of Shoals, and Rye Harbor. Popular activities in the park include saltwater fishing, boating, and picnicking. The park offers amenities including picnic tables and public restrooms.


Mount Sunapee State Park

Town: Newbury (Merrimack County)

Mount Sunapee State Park is a public recreation area spanning approximately 3,000 acres that include most of Mount Sunapee and Lake Sunapee. Popular activities in the park include swimming, hiking, camping, skiing, fishing, picnicking, and boating.


Mount Washington State Park

Town: Sargent’s Purchase (Coos County)

Mount Washington State Park is perched on the Northeast’s tallest peak at 6,288′ with views that extend as far as 130 miles to Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and the Atlantic Ocean on a clear day. Popular activities in the park include hiking, picnicking, and sightseeing.


Cardigan Mountain State Park

Town: Orange (Grafton County)

Cardigan Mountain State Park spans 5,655 acres and is a popular area for hiking. Mount Cardigan’s 3,121-foot granite summit offers excellent views of Mount Monadnock, Camel’s Hump in Vermont, and Pleasant Mountain in Maine.


Pillsbury State Park

Town: Washington (Sullivan County)

Pillsbury State Park is one of the more primitive and lesser-known treasures of the New Hampshire State Park system. It is heavily wooded and features numerous ponds and a vast variety of wildlife. Popular activities in the park include boating, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, camping, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.


Coleman State Park

Town: Stewartstown (Coos County)

Coleman State Park occupies the shore of Little Diamond Pond in New Hampshire’s north country. Popular activities in the park include boating, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, hiking, ATV riding, snowshoeing, hunting, and swimming.


Lake Francis State Park

Town: Pittsburg (Coos County)

Lake Francis State Park sits on the shores of Lake Francis and near the Connecticut Lakes of the Great North Woods region. Popular activities in the park include boating, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, hiking, ATV riding, snowshoeing, hunting, and swimming.


Wentworth State Park

Town: Wolfeboro (Carroll County)

Wentworth State Park is located on the shore of scenic Wentworth Lake. Popular activities in the park include swimming, picnicking, boating, swimming, and fishing.


Greenfield State Park

Town: Greenfield (Hillsborough County)

Greenfield State Park is a public recreation area that features ponds, bogs, and a forest that extends to the shore of Otter Lake. Popular activities in the park include camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, picnicking, and boating.


Hampton Beach State Park

Town: Hampton (Rockingham County)

Hampton Beach State Park provides year-round recreation, with Atlantic ocean views situated along miles of beach. Popular activities in the park include swimming, fishing, picnicking, and RV camping.


Kingston State Park

Town: Kingston (Rockingham County)

Kingston State Park is a 44-acre state park located on Great Pond. The park offers a swimming area, a bathhouse, canoe rentals, picnic areas, a playground, a softball field, and a pavilion that can be rented.


Mollidgewock State Park

Town: Errol (Coos County)

Mollidgewock State Park lies along the Androscoggin River within Thirteen Mile Woods Scenic Area. Popular activities in the park include camping, boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing.

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