Explore a Season:

6 Spots For Stargazing


1. Francestown Barn, Brianna Murphy Photography
This beautiful historic barn in the small Hillsborough County town of Francestown provides the perfect foreground to capture this New Hampshire night sky. No doubt, with its quintessential country charm, there are many spots in Francestown just like this one. Pick a road a little less traveled, stop, look up and enjoy the view.
 
 
 
2. Crawford Notch Depot, Mark Dalmeida Photography
Crawford Depot, built in 1891, was once a major passenger station because of its proximity to the height of Crawford Notch. The Conway Scenic Railroad now uses the Depot as one of its stops for passengers traveling from North Conway through the beautiful mountain pass. On a clear night, it’s one of the best places to stargaze in the White Mountains.
 
 
 

3. White Lake State Park
White Lake is a glacier formed lake surrounded by a National Natural Landmark of 72 acre Pitch Pine Stand. White Lake State Park, located in Tamworth, is just far enough away from bright night lights, so on a clear night the starlit sky illuminates the crystal clear waters below.
 
 
 
4. Lake Solitude, Mount Sunapee, Charles Cormier Photography
Situated near the summit of Mount Sunapee, you’ll find peaceful and quiet Lake Solitude. The small, remote lake is in the crater of an ancient volcano. Breathtakingly beautiful starry shows await you on clear nights. Just be sure to bring a flashlight as this view requires a hike from the base of the mountain.
 
 
 
5. Pemigewasset Overlook, Mark R. Ducharme Photography
The Pemigewasset Overlook, located on the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112) in New Hampshire’s White Mountains is a must stop for anyone looking for commanding views of the Osceola Mountains during the day. Far removed from city lights, this rural and remote spot provides an amazing backdrop for starlit New Hampshire nights.
 
 
 
6. Umbagog Lake
New Hampshire’s Great North Woods is home to some stunning starry skies. See the sights from the shores of Lake Umbagog, one of the most pristine lakes in the state. It lies in the town of Errol, NH and Upton, ME. This large wilderness lake is remote; given its rural location don’t be surprised if you see a resident moose while you’re out stargazing.