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New Hampshire State Parks

Greenfield State Park
Located in Greenfield, it is open from early May through Columbus Day. There is a camp store, which is open beginning Memorial Day offering canoe rentals. Fishing and hiking are highlights of the park. For information call: (603)547-3373


White Lake State Park
Located in Tamworth, it is open from mid-May through Columbus Day. A camp store, showers, ice and firewood are available. Visitors can enjoy trout fishing, swimming, canoeing and a two mile walk around White Lake. For information call: (603)323-7350


Pawtuckaway State Park
Located in Nottingham, it is open from mid-May through Columbus Day. Running water, flush toilets, a camp store, boat launch, and canoe and paddle boat rentals are available. Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing and swimming. For information call: (603)895-3031


Mount Sunapee State Park
Located in Newberry, it is open year round. It offers hiking, picnicking, chairlift rides, mountain biking, and skiing/snowboarding during the winter. In addition, picnic tables and conference facilities are offered for convenience. For information call: (603)763-2356


Bear Brook State Park
Bear Brook, with nearly 10,000 acres is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire. Located in the southeast region of the state, there is plenty to do and see for everyone. Hiking, biking, swimming and fishing are a few of the favorites. Forty miles of trails through the heavily forested park, leading to seldom visited marshes, bogs, summits and ponds, offer a variety of options for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Canoe rentals are available at both Beaver and Catamount Ponds, while rowboat rentals are also available at Beaver Pond. Fly-fishing enthusiasts will be pleased to know Archery Pond welcomes their speciality and is universally accessible. Across the road from Archery Pond is a special little pond just for children under twelve to fish. If archery is your sport you might already know that Bear Brook boasts the only two archery ranges in the state. Two fifteen-target ranges are maintained by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, plus an additional four-target range that is universally accessible. Worried about no workouts or aerobics while on vacation? You can stay in shape by using the park's 1 1/4 mile, twenty-station fitness course that is fun for the whole family. In addition, Bear Hill 4-H camp is located within the park. A charge for admission is collected at the toll booth near Catamount Pond. Activities include: Camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, biking, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, campground, campstore, ballfield, playground, bathhouse, shelters, picnic tables, canoe & row boat rentals, physical fitness course, archery course, Camping Museum, 4-H Nature Center, Snowmobile Museum and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum. For information call: (603)485-9874


Camping and Hiking in New Hampshire

Franconia Notch State Park Lafayetter Place Campground
Located off Franconia Notch Parkway, it is open from early May through early October. There is a camp store and coin operated showers for visitor convenience. The park offers camping, hiking (easy access to the Appalachian Trail), biking, swimming, and fishing. It offers 97 campsites. For information call: (603)823-9513


Crawford Notch State Park's Dry River Campground
Located in Harts Location (on US Rte 302), it is open year round for day use and mid-May through early December for camping. There are picnic tables, a snack bar and a gift shop for convenience. The park offers camping, hiking, fishing and picnicking. It offers 31 primitive campsites. Crawford Notch is the site of the historic Willey House. The Willey House was built to serve people traveling between settlements. A landslide in 1828 roared down Mt. Willey sweeping everything in its path, except for the house. Everyone was killed supposedly when they ran to safety. In 1898 the house burned down. For information call: (603)374-2272


Monadnock State Park at Mt. Monadnock
Located in Jaffery, it is open year round. There are picnic tables and a visitor center for convenience. The park offers camping, hiking and picnicking, however Mt. Monadnock is primarily known as a mecca for hikers. It is one of the most frequently climbed mountains in the world. In the winter its use expands to include cross country skiing. It has 21 campsites and 7 youth group sites. For information call: (603)532-8862


Pillsbury State Park
Located in Washington, it is open early May through Columbus Day. There are picnic tables and canoe rentals for visitor convenience. The park offers camping, fishing, picnicking, hiking and some mountain biking. It has 40 remote canoe-to campsites. The park is a major link of the Monadnock -Sunapee Greenway, a 52-mile hiking trail connecting the two mountains. For information call: (603)547-3373


Bear Brook State Park
Located in Allentown, it is open early May through mid-October for camping. For day-use it is open on weekends from mid-May through Mid-June and daily from mid-June through Labor Day. They have a campstore, ballfield, playground, bathhouse, shelters, picnic tables, canoe and row boat rentals, physical fitness course, archery course, Camping Museum, 4-H Nature Center, Snowmobile Museum and the Civil Conservation Corps Museum. The park offers camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, biking, picnicking, snow mobiling and cross country skiing. It has 96 campsites. Bear Brook is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire and has 40 miles of trails. For information call: (603)485-9869


Hunting and Fishing in New Hampshire

Bedell Bridge Historic Site
Site of historic second longest two-span covered bridge in country. The Burr-tuss bridge connecting NH to VT was destroyed by wind in 1979. The bridge is no longer there but the site is a great place for picnicking or fishing. Fish and Game boat launch. For information call: (603)547-3373


Coleman State Park and Campground
Coleman State Park lies on the shore of Little Diamond Pond in Stewartstown, twelve miles east of Colebrook in New Hampshire's remote north country. The excellent trout fishing in Little Diamond Pond and nearby streams makes Coleman an excellent location for fishing enthusiasts. A boat launch is located within the park; small boats are permitted, but speed is restricted. It is also a good base for fall hunting. Other activities offered at the park include hiking, canoeing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing. The park is the northern terminus of the Androscoggin Trail, a hiking path that extends 55 miles south to Berlin. For information call: (603)538-6965


Mollidgewock State Park and Campground
Mollidgewock State Park lies along the shore of the Androscoggin River within Thirteen Mile Woods Scenic Area, approximately 28 miles north of Berlin and three miles south of Errol. The Androscoggin offers great canoeing and kayaking opportunities for both novice and expert paddlers. The area is a favorite of fishing enthusiasts and is popular for watching moose and other wildlife. For information call: (603)482-3373


Rye Habor State Park (Ragged Neck)
Scenic views of ocean and Rye Harbor. Picnic with ocean breezes. East region headquarters located within the park. Offers saltwater fishing. For more information call: (603)436-5294


Odiorne Point State Park
Odiorne Point is the largest undeveloped stretch of shore on New Hampshire's eighteen mile coast. Located three miles south of Portsmouth on Route 1A in Rye, Odiorne offers an extensive array of habitats. On the south end of the park, sheltered tidepools of the Sunken Forest give way to an exposed rocky shore. Just north, the shore evolves into a pebble beach which shelters a fresh water marsh. Along the way to Frost Point where a jetty extends into Little Harbor, lies a small sand dune environment. At the end of Little Harbor, Seavey Creek feeds the neighboring salt marsh. Extensive inland disturbances during World War II induced the growth of dense forests in various stages of succession. Large stone walls bound open fields. Fresh water systems are represented within the park by a man-made pond and marsh. Remnants of formal gardens and wildflowers grow side by side; and the man-made military bunkers lie hidden under mounds of earth. Activities offered: Picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, nature walk, cross country skiing. For information call: (603)436-7406


Other New Hampshire Outdoor activities

New Hampshire also offers the following outdoor activities:
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Golfing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Saltwater Fishing
  • Skiing
  • Sledding
  • Swimming
  • Tidal Pools