5 New Hampshire State Parks You Need to See 5952

New Hampshire sits between Vermont and Maine in the Northeast corner of the United States. It’s a beautiful state that I’ve visited more than once, and it’s one that no RVer or traveler of any kind should overlook. The landscape is beautiful, there’s plenty to do, and the state parks are some of the best around.

The Granite State is just one of many places along the East Coast you should check out, but don’t overlook it. There are too many good parks and far too much natural beauty in this state not to take some time to enjoy it. Here are some locations you must stop and see.

1. Franconia Notch State Park

The water flowing beside a wooden walkway in the Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park.

If you’re looking for the quintessential New Hampshire, then Franconia Notch State Park is exactly what you need in your life. The park is situated along a staggeringly beautiful mountain pass. It offers some of the most beautiful sights to see and some fantastic hiking and biking trails. There’s also plenty of spots to go swimming or camping within the park.

2. Pawtuckaway State Park

Pawtuckaway State Park is a place where you can do just about anything. The 5,000 acres of land inside the boundaries of this park allows just about any outdoor activity you can imagine from camping, hiking, and fishing to boating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. If you love the great outdoors and what to do a bit of everything while spending time in a gorgeous state park, Pawtuckaway is the palace for you.

3. Crawford Notch State Park

Crawford Notch State Park, White Mountains, New Hampshire

The best time to visit Crawford Notch State Park is in the fall. That’s when you’ll see all the beautiful trees make a mosaic of the countryside. The park offers some fun and challenging hiking trails and some of the most beautiful views of the White Mountains in the entire state. There are primitive campsites in the park if you’re interested in staying, and the Saco River provides the small tributary that leads to the Arethusa Falls, which are the highest in the state.

4. Wellington State Park

Located on the large Newfound Lake the Wellington State Park offers a wonderful freshwater experience. The park is great for hiking, fishing, swimming, and boating. The unique area is home to a beautiful sandy beach, and the park facilities offer all that you could need for a fun day in the sun at the lake. The water of Newfound Lake is some of the clearest and deepest in the state, meaning it’s a water experience you won’t soon forget.

5. Odiorne Point State Park

Odiorne Point State Park

Odiorne Point State Park offers a uniquely rocky shoreline and some breathtaking views of the ocean. Although you can’t camp here, the views alone make it worth the visit. That said, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy while you’re here. You can do everything from canoe, fish, bike, hike, and take a boat out onto the water. This might not be the largest state park in New Hampshire, but it’s still one of the best.

What’s your favorite state park in New Hampshire? Leave a comment below.

5 New Hampshire Parks You Need to See

Wade divides his time among various outdoor activities in both urban and rural environments. An adventurer by nature, he is always up for a challenging hike, fun hunt, or day out on the water with friends and family. When he isn’t enjoying the outdoors, he’s writing, reading, or tinkering with motorcycles and cars.
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