New Hampshire's state and local parks offer every outdoor adventureThe variety of activities in New Hampshire's state and local parks is a broad as the state itself. Beautiful and well-maintained parks welcome visitors to the salt-water beaches on the Atlantic and the fresh-water lakes and ponds inland and in the mountains. All imaginable outdoor activities, year-round, are available at the state's parks. Wear the kids out and then tuck them in at a lodging that caters to kids and families
614 West Shore Road (Off Route 3A) Bristol, NH, 03222 Phone: 603-744-2197
Fresh water swimming, hiking, boat launch, picnicking, beautiful lake and island views
Hiking trails are found inside and outside the park. A peninsula nature trail has picnic grove, designated fishing areas, and plant identifications. One hiking trail from the park leads to Goose Pond, the Sugarloafs, Bear Mountain, Welton Falls, and Mount Cardigan. Park is staffed from late May to mid-October. Admission is adults, $5; children, $2.
Route 93 Franconia, NH, 03580 Phone: 603-823-8800
Park in a mountain pass has a lake, bicycling, camping, daytime attractions
Echo Lake, at one end of the park, offers swimming, fishing, boating and rentals of canoes and paddleboats. The lake is open to the public from mid-June to early September.
The Farnconia Notch Bike Path travels the entire length of Franconia Notch and provides access to all parts of the park. Cannon Mountain provides bike rentals and shuttle service. Cannon Mountain ski area bike rentals and shuttle service for bicyclists.
Among the attractions of the region are the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. Learn about more Franconia State Park attractions.
Lafayette Campground is in the park, aside the Franconia Recreational Trail. It is open to walk-in campers in mid-May, and people may reserve camp sites from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Campsites are wooded, with picnic tables and open fireplace. Campers can buy wood, charcoal, ice, milk, and snacks at the lodge Coin-operated showers are available. Winter camping is welcome. Campground map.
94 State Park Road (Route 16) Tamworth, NH, 03886 Phone: 603-323-7350
Swimming, trout fishing, camping
86 Beach Access Road Newbury, NH, 03255 Phone: 603-763-5561
Year-round outdoor fun with lake and camping; near downhill ski resort
78 Wadleigh State Park Sutton, NH, 03260 Phone: 603-927-4724
Lake swimming, nice picnic grove, playing fields
1598 Mt Washington Auto Road Sargent's Purchase, NH Phone: 603-466-3347
Park is at the peak of the highest summit on the East Coast; 130-mile views
68 Echo Lake Road (Route 302) Conway, NH, 03818 Phone: 603-356-2672
Swimming, picnicking, scenic trails to Cathedral Ledge, rock and ice climbing
40 Pawtuckaway Road Nottingham, NH, 03290 Phone: 603-895-3031
Lake beach with boat launch, canoe & kayak rentals; campground; hiking trails
Pawtuckaway State Park Campground has wooded 192 sites on Pawtuckaway Lake. Each site has a fireplace, picnic table, tent ground, and parking. Amenities include showers, running water, flush toilets, a camp store, boat launch, and canoe and kayak and paddleboard rentals. Reservations can be made through Reserve America.
1050 Ocean Blvd. (Route 1A) Rye, NH, 03870 Phone: 603-436-9404
Small sandy family beach with lifeguards
Route 136 Greenfield, NH, 03047 Phone: 603-547-3497
Lake for water sports, boat rentals, camping, no hookups
Greenfield State Park Campground has 179 sites, including 134 sites that must be reserved in advance and 45 sites for first-come/first-served campers. RVs are welcome in sites where they fit. Sites are $25 per night, and there are no hookups. Park is open weekends from late May to late June, and daily from late June to mid-October. Campground information.
1464 US Route 302 Harts Location, NH, 03812 Phone: 603-374-2272
Mountain vistas, waterfalls, rivers, mountain hiking, campground
The campground in the park is Dry River Campground. It has 36 wooded sites, restrooms, showers, flush toilets, drinking water, fire rings, a laundry, and picnic tables. It is accessible to handicapped people. Dry River campground information.
This park is always open for recreation, but during the off season there might not be any staff available, Visitors should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to maintain their own safety.
439 River Road Pittsburg, NH, 03592 Phone: 603-538-6965
Good for fishing, boating, paddling, and camping
116 Poole Road Jaffrey, NH, 03452 Phone: 603-532-8862
Hiking on Mount Monadnock; camping; cross country skiing; open year-round
Gibson Pond Campground map
Monadnock Headquarters Campground map
297 Governor Wentworth Hwy (Route 109) Wolfeboro, NH, 03894 Phone: 603-569-3699
Swimming and all water sports
3069 Route 302 Carroll, NH Phone: 603-323-2087
Small park along highway is nice for stop-and-picnic
570 Ocean Blvd. (Route 1A) Rye, NH, 03870 Phone: 603-436-740
Coastal park for walking, paddling, biking; home to the Seacoast Science Center
Jimtown Road (off Route 2) Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3850
Popular for fishing
61 Deerfield Road Allenstown, NH, 03275 Phone: 603-485-9874
Full service park has water sports, camping, archery, horseback riding
The park allows swimming, fishing and other water sports on Catamount Pond. Visitors can rent canoes, kayaks and paddle boats on weekends.
The park has a 100-site campground. See Campground map.
The park has two archery ranges; one is operated by the N.H. fish and Game Departments and the other is wheelchair accessible. Users must bring their own archery equipment.
A group of museums in the park include the New Hampshire Antique Snowmobile Museum, Old Allenstown Meeting House, and the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum.
160 Ocean Blvd (Route 1A) Hampton, NH, 03842 Phone: 603-926-3784
Ocean swimming, fishing, RV camping on the shore
Lifeguards are on duty full time from late June through early September. Lifeguard hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $15 per passenger vehicle for the parking area at South Beach. Season passes are available.
RV map for park.
424 Rockwood Pond Road Fitzwilliam, NH, 03447 Phone: 603-532-8862
Magnificent rhododendron grove and wildflower trail
397 Forest Lake Road (Route 116) Dalton, NH, 03598 Phone: 603-466-3860
Long sandy beach welcomes water sports; also mountain biking is done here
235 East Route 26 Cambridge, NH, 03579 Phone: 603-482-7795
Rated one of the five top locations in New England for kayaking and paddling
266 Scenic Road (Route 11) Gilford, NH, 03246 Phone: 603-293-7821
Lake swimming and fishing; boat ramp; picnicking