With the White Mountains and multiple state parks, there’s always an outdoor adventure awaiting you and your family. If you’re looking to go swimming at the beach, hiking through the woods, and spending the night under the stars, take a look at our directory of New Hampshire parks and find one near you!

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New Hampshire State Parks

Bear Brook State Park (Allenstown)
Bear Brook is a popular group destination with many ponds, streams and trails for exploration. Enjoy the museum complex, swimming, canoeing and fishing. The 97-site campground offers a camp store, canoe and rowboat rentals, showers, laundry facilities, a dump station, ice and firewood. Directions

Clough State Park (Concord)
Located about five miles east of the town of Weare, Clough State Park is located on the shore of Everett Lake, a 150-acre lake formed by a dam on the Piscataquog River. The park is open weekends only from Memorial Day, and daily from late June through Labor Day. Directions

Coleman State Park (Stewartstown)
Coleman State Park lies on the shore of Little Diamond Pond in Stewartstown, twelve miles east of Colebrook in New Hampshire’s remote north country. The excellent trout fishing in Little Diamond Pond and nearby streams makes Coleman an excellent location for fishing enthusiasts. Directions

Curtiss Dogwood State Park (Milford)
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Franconia Notch State Park (Franconia)
Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass traversed by a unique parkway which extends from the Flume Gorge at the south to Echo Lake at the north. For eight miles, I-93 winds between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges. Directions

Hampton Beach State Park (Hampton)
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Hilton State Park (Portsmouth)
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Kingston State Park (Kingston)
Kingston State Park is only 14 miles from the New Hampshire seacoast and is close to many attractions such as Canobie Lake Park, The Fox Run Mall, various antique shops, and fine restaurants. The park is 44 acres in size, and includes fireplaces and picnic areas, a playground, softball field, and three game areas for horseshoes and volleyball. Directions

Lake Francis State Park (Pittsburg)
Lake Francis is a 2,000 acre lake in the Connecticut Lakes region of the Great North Woods. Hunters and anglers enjoy this park as a base for their respective activities. A boat launch is located in the day-use area of the park. Canoeists enjoy exploring the upper part of the Connecticut River. Directions

Millan Hill State Park (Concord)
Milan Hill State Park Campground is located near popular areas for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing. From this hilltop campground, and the fire tower located there, you can get a complete view of the mountain ranges in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Canada. Directions

Moose Brook State Park (Gorham)
Located in the White Mountains Region, just north of the Presidential Range, Moose Brook State Park is in an area of unparalleled scenery and offers a variety of outdoor activities. The park is ideally located for fishing in the Peabody and Moose rivers. Directions

Mount Cardigan State Park (Orange)
A mountain road leads to trails on the west slope of Mount Cardigan as well as a trail to the summit. Mount Cardigan’s 3,121-foot treeless granite summit affords outstanding views of west central N.H., with a panorama that includes Mt. Monadnock and the White Mountains, Camel’s Hump in Vermont, and Pleasant Mountain in Maine. Directions

Mount Kearsarge State Park (Warner)
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Mount Sunapee State Park (Newbury)
This major recreation area in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region offers year-round activities. In the winter, alpine skiing is available at Mt. Sunapee Resort, owned by the state of New Hampshire and managed by the Okemo Mountain Resort. Directions

Pillsbury State Park (Washington)
Heavily wooded and sprinkled with several ponds and wetlands, Pillsbury State Park is one of the more primitive and lesser known gems of the New Hampshire State Park system. Its diversity of habitats makes it home to a great variety of wildlife, including moose and loons. Directions

Rye Harbor State Park (Rye)
Rye Harbor State Park affords scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Rye Harbor, also called Ragged Neck. Favorite activities enjoyed in the park include saltwater fishing and picnicking with ocean breezes. Amenities offered picnic tables and restrooms. The Seacoast Region headquarters office of N.H. State Parks is also located within the park. Directions

Silver Lake State Park (Hollis)
Silver Lake State Park spans 80 acres and its sandy 1,000-foot beach curves along 34-acre Silver Lake. Popular activities in the park include swimming, picnicking, and boating. Amenities include picnic tables, kayak and paddleboat rentals, flush toilets, and a park store. Directions

Toll Gate State Park (Warner)
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Wadleigh State Park (Sutton)
Wadleigh State Beach offers swimming on beautiful Kezar Lake. Tall pine trees shade the picnic sites located adjacent to the beach, making it an ideal location for families and group outings. Amenities in the park include a bathhouse, picnic tables, and playing fields. Directions

Wellington State Park (Bristol)
Hiking trails and picnic areas along the shore afford views of one of the deepest and clearest lakes in the state. Two group picnic pavilions, available for reservation, are located just off the beach in the picnic areas. The park also maintains volleyball and horseshoe courts. Directions

Wentworth State Park (Wolfeboro)
Wentworth State Park spans 50 acres and is located on the shore of scenic Wentworth Lake. Popular activities in the park include swimming, picnicking, hiking and fishing. Amenities include picnic tables, a boat launch, flush toilets, and a group use area. Directions

White Lake State Park (Tamworth)
Some of the best swimming in the White Mountain region can be found in 140-acre White Lake State Park in Tamworth. The park lies along the shore of White Lake, which is an example of a typical glacial lake. Directions

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New Hampshire National Forests

White Mountain National Forest (Laconia)
Among the ranges and ridges are the highest mountains in the Northeast, the Presidential Range, which culminate in the bare granite summit of 6,288-foot Mount Washington, Mounts Adams, Jefferson, Monroe and Madison also exceed 5,000 feet in elevation. Directions

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