New hampshire state park activities

What can you do in New Hampshire's 92 state-park properties? The short answer is: all of your favorite outdoor activities on water, land, and sea. Take a look at the icons representing activities and services available on state-park lands and you'll see just how amazing the choices can be. There are the usual suspects: biking, camping, cross-country skiing, hiking, fishing, kayaking, picnicking, swimming, and wildlife viewing. We challenge you, though, to find another of the 50 states with a state-park activity menu that includes archery, ATVing, downhill skiing, horseback riding, geology viewing, hunting, rock climbing, seaside RV camping, and ... mushing! Yes, multi-use trails at several state parks are open to sled dogs and drivers.

The variety of activities within New Hampshire state-park properties—which include beaches, campgrounds, trails, parks, waysides, geological sites, and historic sites—is a factor of the sheer vastness of the state’s total acreage set aside for public enjoyment. New Hampshire is one of only five states in the U.S. with more than 4 percent of state land area forever preserved within state parks. We love all 93 dearly and couldn't possibly choose a favorite, but Fodor's Travel recently named Franconia Notch State Park one of America's 10 Best out of more than 7,500 state parks in the U.S.

Visit the New Hampshire Parks and Recreation Web site to find a state park by name or by activity. Overnight camping is available at 19 of New Hampshire's state parks, and you can make reservations online or with a toll-free call to ReserveAmerica at 877-NH-PARKS.