Nature March 27, 2017
9 Under-Appreciated State Parks In New Hampshire You’re Sure To Love
New Hampshire has 93 state park properties. For a small state, that’s not shabby at all. Some of them, like Franconia Notch, we’ve probably all been to. Others are just as lovely, but somewhat under-appreciated. That’s lucky for us though, because under-appreciated parks means fewer crowds and more nature all to ourselves.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Odiorne Point State Park, Rye
Most people visiting the seacoast enjoy the buzz of Hampton or posh Portsmouth. Between those two locations is the stunning Odiorne Point State Park. Explore the rock pools, see the remains of an old military bunker and enjoy the views from the bluffs overlooking the Atlantic.
2. Ahern State Park, Laconia
Ahern State Park is on the shores of Lake Winnisquam. While most crowds heard to the nearby Lake Winnipesaukee, Ahern State Park provides the perfect opportunity for swimming, fishing and other summer fun.
3. Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area, Chesterfield
Chesterfield Gorge is a small state park property, covering just 13 acres, but it is beautiful. The gorge is small but charming and the surrounding woods are gorgeous.
4. Greenfield State Park, Greenfield
This park in the southwest corner of the state has lots to offer. In addition to beautiful scenery, there are boat rentals available and plenty of camp sites.
5. Lake Tarleton State Park, Piermont
This park is nestled near the White Mountains and has beautiful views. Unlike many parks in the mountains, it's not too busy to enjoy some peace and quiet!
6. Rhododendron State Park, Fitzwilliam
Rhododendron State Park is named for the flowers that blossom here in extraordinary numbers. In mid-July you can see an amazing 16-acres of rhododendrons in bloom.
7. Weeks State Park, Lancaster
This former estate of Congressman and Senator John Wingate Weeks was donated to the state park system in 1941. The amazing views from the estate extend in every direction, and tours are also available of the historic home on the property.
8. Moose Brook State Park, Gorham
This park has a unique feature: Moose Brook flows through shallow pools, making a great swimming area. People who enjoy the many camping sites in the park will love splashing and exploring the surrounding white mountain areas.
9. Clough State Park, Weare
This park is a meeting of man-made and natural beauty, since Everett Lake in the park was formed when the Piscataquog River was dammed. The long beach make is a perfect place to spend the day with family!
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