State Parks in the White Mountains
In the White Mountains the NH State Parks range from 6,440-acre Franconia Notch State Park to the highest State Park in the East, Mount Washington State Park.
These parks' diversity means that visitors and residents alike can enjoy endless recreational opportunities, from hiking to swimming, mountain biking, fishing and boating. Take a scenic drive, watch wildlife, learn about the history of the region and the state, or enjoy a picnic with a view. Fees are nominal, and season passes are available.
Bedell Bridge Historic Site*
(603) 227-8745 ~ 880 Meadow Lane, Haverhill 03765
A 38-acre park located along the Connecticut River. The park was the site of a historic two-span covered bridge, the second longest in the country. The Burrtuss bridge, which connected New Hampshire to Vermont, was destroyed by wind in 1979 and is no longer there. Offers picnicking, fishing and canoeing.
Crawford Notch State Park*
(603) 374-2272 ~ Route 302, Hart's Location 03812
5775 acres or 6 miles of unspoiled rugged natural beauty providing access to numerous hiking trails, waterfalls, fishing, wildlife viewing, and spectacular mountain views. Includes picnic sites, a visitor center, and campground. Crawford Notch State Park is rich in history with the famous Willey House.
Echo Lake State Park/Cathedral Ledge State Park
(603) 356-2672 ~ West Side Road, North Conway 03860
At Echo Lake enjoy swimming and picnic sites. Take a short drive along the scenic Cathedral Ledge Road and a easy/brief walk to the 700' Cathedral Ledge overlooking the Mt. Washington Valley.
Eisenhower Memorial Wayside Park
(603) 323-2087 ~ Route 302, Carroll 03598
A 7-acre memorial park, established in 1979 as a gift from the Bretton Woods Corporation and honors the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Views of the Presidential Range and Mt. Washington in the White Mountain National Forest are a short walk away. Picnic tables are available.
Forest Lake State Park
(603) 837-9150 ~ Off Route 116, Dalton 03598
One of the 10 original state parks. The park spans 397 acres and its 200-foot sandy beach lies on the shore of Forest Lake. Popular activities in the park include swimming, picnicking, mountain biking, fishing, and boating.
Franconia Notch State Park
(603) 823-8800 / (603) 745-8391 (Flume) / (603) 823-9513 (Camping) ~ I-93 Franconia 03580
6,440 acre park between the towering Franconia and Kinsman mountain ranges. Swimming, picnicking, biking, hiking. Former home of the Old Man of the Mountain, a natural granite profile; Echo Lake; the Basin, a deep glacial pothole; the Cannon Aerial Tramway; the Flume Gorge, a natural 800-foot gorge and Lafayette Campground .
Lake Tarleton State Park
(603) 323-2087 ~ Route 25C, Piermont 03779
This 48-acre undeveloped park is easy to find. Lake Tarleton, at 315 acres, offers an unguarded swimming beach, picnic area and opportunities for fishing and hunting in season.
Milan Hill State Park
(603) 323-2087 ~ Route 25C, Piermont 03779
Located 10 miles north of Berlin near popular areas for hiking, picnicking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing.
Moose Brook State Park*
(603) 466-3860 ~ Route 2, Gorham 03581
This park is ideal for fishing in the Peabody and Moose Rivers. Moose Brook flows through the park and after passing through a shallow warming pool, feeds the swimming area with cool, clear mountain water. The many trails in the park are great for exploring on foot or mountain bike. Includes a picnic area and campground.
Mount Washington State Park*
(603) 466-3347 ~ Off Route 16, Pinkham Notch 03581
A 60.3-acre parcel perched on the summit of the Northeast's highest peak, is surrounded by the extensive White Mountain National Forest. On a clear day, views from the 6,288-foot summit extend beyond New Hampshire as far as 130 miles to Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Weeks State Park
(603) 788-4004 ~ 200 Weeks State Park Rd, Lancaster 03584
John Wingate Weeks Historic Site's Mt. Prospect estate was built at the direction of John Wingate Weeks. The 420-acre Mt. Prospect estate was given to the state of New Hampshire in 1941 by John Weeks' children. Set at the very top of Mt. Prospect, the house and grounds provide a 360-degree panorama of mountain splendor, including the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy Peaks, and the upper Connecticut River Valley.
White Lake State Park
(603) 449-2429 ~ 72 Fire Tower Road, Milan 03588
140-acres of some of the best swimming in the White Mountain region. The park lies along the shore of White Lake, which is an example of a typical glacial lake. Guests are welcome to enjoy a leisurely walk around the lake on a well-maintained foot path.
For More Information on New Hampshire's State Park's, visit them on the web at: www.nhstateparks.org