New Hampshire State Parks are divided into 7 different regions. Each region is uniquely different from each other. All of the parks offer amenities to help you unwind and get back to nature.
There are entrance fees charged for New Hampshire State Parks. At the time of this writing, day use is $4.00 for adults; $2.00 for children aged 6-11 and no charge for children under age 5 and under. Frequent visitors can purchase an annual individual pass for $60.00. Family annual passes are $120.00. Passes can be purchased at a state park or you can order by telephone at 603-271-3556.
The cost for visiting Historic Sites is $7.00 per adult; $3.00 for children aged 6-11 and no charge for children 5 and under. Five New Hampshire State Parks historic sites offer free admission to residents of the state of New Hampshire.
Pets are allowed in some New Hampshire State Parks. They must be attended at all times and on a leash. Trained service animals (as recognized under the New Hampshire service animal codes) are welcome.
There are beautiful state parks in New Hampshire. The following list will give you an idea of what is available. For a full list of New Hampshire State Parks click here.
Pillsbury State Park
Washington, NH 03280
Visitors to this rustic New Hampshire State Park can enjoy a variety of activities. Mountain biking, boat rentals and non-motorized boats, camping, fishing, hiking and picnicking are available. There are several ponds. Hiking trails contain the ruins of farm settlements from the 1700-1800’s.
Merrimack Valley Region
Pawtuckaway State Park
Off NH Route 156
128 Mountain Road
Nottingham, NH 03290
On beautiful Lake Pawtuckaway, this New Hampshire State Park has something for everyone. Here you can camp, swim, hike, fish, go boating or have a picnic. When in season the park also offers cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Other amenities include a ball field, playground, boat rentals and more.
Open weekends only beginning Memorial Day. Full time begins in June and goes through October. Contact park for details.
Annett Wayside Park
Off NH Route 119
Rindge, NH 03461
This small unstaffed park is a good place for a roadside picnic. The activities that are offered are picnicking and a ¼ mile hiking trail. Pets are permitted.
Hampton Beach State Park
Hampton, NH 03842
Offered year round at this oceanfront New Hampshire State Park is an almost full slate of activities. Miles of sandy beach provide swimming, boating, fishing and picnicking opportunities. There is also an amphitheater, camping with hook-ups and more. Pets are not permitted. Metered parking is available.
Great North Woods Region
Nansen Wayside Park
Route 16, Milan, NH 03588
Phone: 603-823-7722, ext. 757
This New Hampshire State Park is on the Androscoggin River. Unstaffed and open with no fee this park is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch, fishing or boat launching. Pets are allowed.
White Mountains Region
Eisenhower Memorial Wayside Park
Carroll, NH 03598
Phone: 603-823-7722, ext. 757
This park is memorial to honor the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Pull of the road and enjoy a picnic in this quaint New Hampshire State Park. There is no fee and no staffing. Pets are permitted.
Daniel Webster Birthplace
Franklin, NH 03235
The birthplace of famed statesman Daniel Webster. Visitors to this New Hampshire State Park can get a look at life in the early 1700’s while enjoying the peace and quiet of historical surroundings. There are guided tours and a picnic area. Open weekends from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, during the summer. No pets please.
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