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State and local parks of White Mountains region provide fun for all tastes

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Franconia Notch State Park

Route 93 Franconia, NH, 03580 Phone: 603-823-8800

Park in a mountain pass has a lake, bicycling, camping, daytime attractions

This magnificent park within a mountain pass has the Lafayette Campground, open mid-May to Columbus Day. The park is popular for hiking. Parking can be difficult; please see the link below for parking for hikers. Hiking map. Parking for hikers.

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Crawford Notch State Park-credit-NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development
Crawford Notch State Park

1464 US Route 302 Harts Location, NH, 03812 Phone: 603-374-2272

Mountain vistas, waterfalls, rivers, mountain hiking, campground

This is a place of spectacular mountain views, hiking trails, waterfalls, and fishing locations. It encompasses the Flume Cascades, the Silver Cascades, and the Arethusa Falls. Also in the park is the Willey House, an 18th-century way-station for travelers through the mountains.
The campground in the park has 36 wooded sites, restrooms, showers, flush toilets, drinking water, fire rings, a laundry, and picnic tables. It is accessible to handicapped people. 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.
Hiking map. Campground map. Camping information.
Moose Brook State Park

Jimtown Road (off Route 2) Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3850

Moose Brook State Park in White Mountains offers a variety of outdoor activities, including walking and mountain biking on a profusion of trails.
Hiking and mountain biking trails.
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Mount Washington State Park and Mount Washington Observatory

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

Mount Washington State Park is on the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast, with the 750,000-acre White Mountain National Forest spread out below. Views can extend as far as Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean. The Mount Washington Observatory is located here. The Sherman Adams Visitor Center has a cafeteria, restrooms, gift shops, and its museum. The park is accessible by the Mount Washington Auto Road (603-466-2222) or the Cog Railway (603-278-5404). Call ahead at 603-466-3347 for the latest summit conditions. The park is unreachable in winter.
Eisenhower Memorial Wayside Park

3069 Route 302 Carroll, NH Phone: 603-323-2087

Small park along highway is nice for stop-and-picnic

This small, 7-acre park was founded to honor the memory of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The park offers picnic area and walking trails and a great view of Mount Washington.
Forest Lake State Park

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

The park has a 200-foot-long sandy beach for swimming, fishing, and boating. Picnicking and mountain biking also are popular at this park. Canoe and kayak users can reach Forest Lake only by carrying boats a few hundred feet from the parking area. There is no boat ramp within the park, but a ramp is available on Newell Lane off Forest Lake Road.
Echo Lake State Park

68 Echo Lake Road (Route 302) Conway, NH, 03818 Phone: 603-356-2672

Swimming, picnicking, scenic trails to Cathedral Ledge, rock and ice climbing

Located on Echo Lake, this is a fine park for swimming and picnicking. Walk the scenic trail around the lake for views of Cathedral Ledge, which looms 700 feet above the lake. Also, an auto road and hiking trails of about one mile in length take visitors to the top of Cathedral Ledge, with views of the Saco River Valley and the White Mountains. Trail map.
Admission: Adults, $4; children, $2.