When most people think about the history of the state, trails and natural areas are not the first things to come to mind. But here in New Hampshire, there’s a beautiful living history all around us. Our local parks didn’t simply spring up. People dedicated years to making sure those who want to get outside can do so easily and with a lot of options. Miller State Park is the oldest in the state and while we love visiting for the natural beauty, thinking back to how it started reminds us just how much effort made it possible.

Miller State Park is open year-round, but during the off-season from fall to mid-March the parks is unstaffed and comfort stations are not available. Beginning March 12th, 2021 the park will be open and staffed Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the week off-season staffing applies. Check the official New Hampshire State Park website to find out when the park will open for the full season. Entry fees are $4 for adults 12+ and $2 for kids under 12. Important note: You’ll need to reserve a parking space in advance beginning March 12th, 2021. Anyone without a reservation will not be allowed to park. You can make your reservation here. You can reach the park system on 603-924-3672.

There are plenty of spots to enjoy the outdoors in New Hampshire and many of them see fewer visitors than the popular areas. Here are 8 lesser-known state parks in New Hampshire that will absolutely amaze you!

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