New Hampshire is full of natural beauty, much of it found in the State Park System. With tons of State Parks scattered throughout The Granite State, there is no excuse for missing out on an adventure in the State Park system. It’s hard to choose favorite, but we’ve highlighted eight parks that you shouldn’t miss. From the famous to the forgotten, these parks are definitely worth a visit.
1. Crawford Notch State Park, Harts Location
With nearly 6,000 acres to explore, Crawford Notch is packed with adventure. Full of waterfalls, streams and mountains the park is a popular destination for out-door enthusiast year round.
2. Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham
Pawtuckaway State Park offers something for everyone, with lakes, swamp areas and wooded trails that are rich with wildlife. The park is a popular camping spot, especially with families, and is busy year round with snowmobiles, bikes and more.
3. Franconia Notch State Park, Lincoln
Franconia Notch State Park is quintessential New Hampshire. Straddling a spectacular mountain pass, Franconia Notch State Park is offers swimming, boating, hiking, camping and spectacular views. The park was home to the most famous site in New Hampshire – The Old Man In The Mountain – until it fell.
4. Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey
One of the most visited state parks, Monadnock is diverse and accessible, making it the perfect destination for weekend campers and expert hikers alike. Monadnock State Park includes Mount Monadnock, and the surrounding ponds, which are perfect for camping.
5. Ellacoya State Park, Gilford
Ellacoya State Park is located on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in New Hampshire. With a sandy beach, fishing spots, picnic tables, and RV camping, Ellacoya State Park is a summer oasis for New Hampshire families.
6. Bedell Bridge State Historic Site, Haverhill
Bedell Bridge blew down in 1979, but where it once stood, along the Connecticut River that runs between New Hampshire and Vermont is now a beautiful spot to spend an afternoon. Whether you want to have a picnic or launch your boat into the Connecticut, Bedell Bridge is the perfect site for you in western New Hampshire.
7. Odiorne Point State Park, Rye
Odiorne Point State Park is a jewel on the New Hampshire seacoast. The park offers the rock pools where children will delight in finding starfish and crabs, as well as the remnants of early 20th-century military fortresses.
8. Weeks State Park, Lancaster
Set atop Mount Prospect, Weeks State Park is situated on the former estate of John Wingate Weeks, a former congressman and senator from New Hampshire. The park offers amazing views over the White Mountains and beyond.