Bear Brook State Park
|Bear Brook State Park, with over 10,000 acres, is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire. Located in the southeast region of the state, there is plenty to do and see for everyone. Forty miles of trails through the heavily forested park lead to seldom visited marshes, bogs, summits, and ponds. The park offers a variety of options for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The parks has a day-use area, group areas, and a 101-site campground. Boat rentals are available on the weekends.
Bear Brook Trail Map
If archery is your sport, Bear Brook State Park boasts two archery ranges - one 15-target range maintained by the N.H. Fish and Game Department, plus an additional four-target practice range that is universally accessible (bring your own archery equipment).
A Museum Complex within the park which is home to New Hampshire Antique Snowmobile Museum, Old Allenstown Meeting House, and the Richard Diehl Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum. Most of the museums are housed in historic CCC buildings. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bear Brook Camp is one of the most complete camps remaining intact and in use in the country. The museums are open at various times throughout the summer.
Equestrian users: See our Equestrian Trail Information webpage for more information about which trails/areas are suitable for horseback riding at Bear Brook State Park.
Camper's Notice: Bathhouse 3 (50's loop) will not have showers this summer due to a renovation taking place to upgrade the facilities. Toilets will still be be available in this bathhouse during the renovation. The only showers that will be accessible this summer will be in Bathhouse 1 (the beach bathhouse).
Please Note: Dates and times are weather dependent and subject to change without notice. For up to date hours, please call the park directly.
This park is always open for recreation unless otherwise posted. During off hours and the off-season the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are not available and gates may be closed.
Children (6-11): $2
The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Please be aware that many State Park areas and trails are not staffed during the off-season, and day-use fees are not collected. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.
Discover the Power of Parks Programming
||Interpretive, nature-based programs will be offered at Bear Brook State Park all summer long as part of the Discover Power of Parks. Programs like 'Caught on Pond's Edge', 'Design a Dragonfly', 'Meeting House History', 'Compass Guided Exploration', 'Plants of New Hampshire', 'Sensing the Night' and 'Gazing at Galaxies' will be presented by Interpretive Ranger, Claire Delbecq in the park each week. Check out the Bear Brook program schedule for more information. All programs are free with paid park admission. No pre-registration is required. |
Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under and NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free. Season passes are available. When park is unstaffed during the season, please use Iron Ranger (self-serve paystation). Rates are for the 2014 season and are subject to change.
Camping at Bear Brook State Park
Bear Brook State Park has 101 wooded campsites located on Beaver Pond. A camp store, canoe rentals, coin-operated showers, dump station, ice, and firewood are available. The campground is open for reservable stays from Memorial Day weekend (5/24) through October 31st. Reservations may be made online through ReserveAmerica or by calling ReserveAmerica at 1-877-647-2757. Reservations for organized youth group camping are required and should be made by calling the Concord Office at (603) 271-3556. Call the Bear Brook State Park campground directly at (603) 485-9869.
Bear Brook Campground Map Campground Schedule:
||Camping Rate Per Night |
|$25 (no hookups)|
Bear Brook Timber Harvest
In order to minimize the spread of red pine scale, the Division of Forests and Lands has harvested several red pine plantations in Bear Brook State Park. Red pine scale
is an exotic insect that causes swift decline and mortality in red pine stands. New Hampshire's first documented case of red pine scale was discovered last summer in this park. The project affects 118 acres, concentrating on pine stands along Deerfield Road, New Rye Road and One Mile Trail. Removal of these trees has dramatically change the look of the park in these areas. Visit our Bear Brook Timber Harvest webpage
for more information.
Are pets allowed at Bear Brook State Park?
Leashed pets are permitted in the campground and on the trails only, not in the day-use area. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy
for more information.
Planning an Outing?
Bear Brook State Park is a great location to hold a family reunion, corporate outing, wedding, and more. For more information, check out our Outings in State Parks
page and see a complete listing and photos of all our State Park Pavilions and Group Use Areas
Keep Your Parks CleanThrough the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program, you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out whatever you carry in. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
Beach AdvisoriesFor listings of current advisories, please visit the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services Beach Advisories website page.
Access for Persons with DisabilitiesPlease contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.
The New Hampshire State Park Experience Blog
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Additional Resources/InformationBear Brook Trail Map Bear Brook Trail Information Bear Brook Trails Guide