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Mount Sunapee State Park

86 Beach Access Rd
Newbury, NH 03255
Phone: 603-763-5561

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About Mount Sunapee State Park

Mount Sunapee State Park is a major recreation area in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region offering year-round activities. In the winter, alpine skiing is available at Mt. Sunapee Resort, owned by the state of New Hampshire and managed by the Okemo Mountain Resort. The 4,085 acre lake at Mt.Sunapee State Park Beach is an ideal spot for family and group outings. A boat launch is available with some restrictions. Boat rentals are available. Situated about a mile from the beach, the campground offers lean-to and platform sites for family camping in a natural setting. 
Mount Sunapee State Park Campground Map    |  Campground Information/Policies 
Mount Sunapee Hiking Map 
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Due to the popularity of Mount Sunapee State Park's beach area on nice weekends and holidays, the beach will most likely sell-out in the morning hours. Once the beach area reaches capacity additional beach goers cannot be admitted due to safety concerns.

Notice: As of Monday, August 24th there will be no lifeguard on duty for the rest of the season.

Operating Schedule

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.

Fee Weekends only
Full Time Operating Hours Unstaffed
Adults: $5
Children (6-11): $2
5/23 9am-6pm

Campground Schedule:

Operating Dates Office Hours Camping Rate Per Night
TBD - 10/12
Self Check-in
$23 (platform, no hookups)
$29 (lean-to, no hookups)

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.


Admission is $5 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).

The New Hampshire Parks Experience

The Mt. Sunapee State Park really comes to life once the snow melts. The picturesque lakeside beach, a vast network of well-marked hiking trails, and a secluded group campground make it the perfect place to spend a day or entire weekend.  To read more about my adventures follow the link to my blog at Misty Mount Sunapee.


For more photos  and posts, follow The New Hampshire State Park Experience blog and also join the conversation on Facebook.

The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway

At Mount Sunapee State Park the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway connects with the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway at Lake Solitude and crosses the State Park from Newbury Harbor via the Newbury Trail and Solitude Trails to Goshen via the Summit and Province Trails.

The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway is a 75 mile loop trail that links four New Hampshire State Parks: Sunapee, Winslow, Rollins, Wadleigh. The trail also links three New Hampshire State Forests: Gile, Kearsarge and Shadow Hill as well as one Wildlife Management Area: Bog Mountain. See the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Coalition website for more information.

Are pets allowed at Mt. Sunapee State Park?

Pets are permitted in the Mt Sunapee campground and trails only. They are not permitted at the beach at any time. Pets are also restricted from the annual Arts and Crafts Festival and are not allowed at the ski area during winter operations. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.

Keep Your Parks Clean

Through 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.


Access for Persons with Disabilities

Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.


Additional Resources/Information

Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge-Greenway Coalition
Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Club 
Mount Sunapee Hiking Map 
New Hampshire State Parks Blog - Misty Mount Sunapee