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New Hampshire State Parks in the Fall


New Hampshire's trails and mountaintops are beginning to glow with vibrant colors. Autumn is here and New Hampshire State Parks are the  perfect place to experience all the recreational opportunities of the season.

Whether you're looking for a relaxing lakeside campsite, miles and miles of trail riding, a week of fishing and kayaking, or a high altitude hiking trip, Fall recreation in New Hampshire State Parks is an experience you won't want to miss. Check out the list of parks that are still open parks below for ideas on planning your trip and view New Hampshire's online foliage reports and foliage map to plot out your own leaf peeping route!

Remember that State Park property is always open for recreation. During the off-season many parks are typically not staffed and comfort stations may not available. Some State Park properties that have gates may be closed during the Fall months. Call park directly and check our operating schedule for more information.

Please note: Hunting season has begun so if you are planning on hiking, biking or recreating include orange in your attire for safety.

Autumn Leaves of the New Hampshire White Mountains Poster 

Fall Hiking

Crawford Notch State Park - (Harts Location off US Route 302)
This park, located in the White Mountains, offers popular family hikes to unique cliffs and brisk waterfalls including the highest in the state, Arethusa Falls.
Franconia Notch State Park - (Franconia, I93 Parkway)
Hike up to Lonesome Lake, Kinsman Falls, climb the Franconia Range or view the foliage from the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway: Open daily from 9am to 5pm until October 20. Take a scenic walk through the Flume Gorge and Visitor's Center:  Open daily from 9am - 5pm until October 27.
Miller State Park - (Peterborough)
Climb to the 2,290-foot summit of Pack Monadnock. A winding 1.3-mile road leading to the scenic summit is also open for visitors. Many easy to moderate trails begin at the park and access the Wapack Trail. Open daily from 9am to 5pm until October 31.
Monadnock State Park - (Jaffrey)
40 miles of trails offer extensive opportunities for hiking to the 3,165 foot summit, with 100-mile views of the surrounding area. The park is surrounded by thousands of acres of protected highlands and is a designated National Natural Landmark. Open for recreation year-round.
Pawtuckaway State Park - (Nottingham, off Route 156)
Experiences include hiking to the fire tower on top of South Mountain, walking along Burhnams March to bird and wildlife watch, and hiking to Boulder Field. Open weekdays from 9 am to sunset and on weekends from 8:30 am to sunset until October 27.
Pillsbury State Park - (Washington, off Route 31)
This park is a link in the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway, and offers easy to moderate hiking in a remote setting. The diversity of habitats makes it home to a variety of wildlife. Open weekdays from 9am to sunset and weekends from 8:30am to sunset until October 20.
Rollins State Park - (Warner)
A scenic auto road rises from the park entrance to the parking and picnic areas, where there is a half mile trail to the summit of Mt.Kearsarge. It affords views that stretch from Mt. Monadnock to the hills of NH's coastal plain. Open daily from 9am to 4:30pm until October 20.
Winslow State Park - (Wilmot)
A one-mile foot trail leads from the picnic area to the summit of Mt. Kearsarge. The picnic area is on an 1,820-foot plateau with outstanding views of the White Mountains to the north and the taller of the southern and central VT peaks.
Many of our unstaffed parks or parks that have already closed facilities are also excellent places to hike such as: Cardigan State Park, Mount Sunapee State Park, and Moose Brook State Park. Visit our Hiking Trail Maps and Information webpage for more information.


Fall Biking

Franconia Notch State Park - (Franconia, I93 Parkway)
The paved 8.8 mile Franconia Notch Bike Path brings riders within easy reach of park attractions, including Flume Gorge, The Old Man of the Mountain, Profile Lake, Boise Rock, The Basin, Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, and Echo Lake. Access the trail from Exit 34B, I-93.
Pawtuckaway State Park - (Nottingham, off Route 156)
This park has over 5,600 acres to explore and all levels of riding terrain are offered. More experienced riders will enjoy the single-track riding on the Woronoco and Spilt Rock Trails.
Open weekdays from 9 am to sunset and on weekends from 8:30 am to sunset until October 27.
Pillsbury State Park - (Washington, off Route 31)
Crossed by a network of hiking and bike trails, the park is an important link in the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway, a 51-mile trail that connects Mt Monadnock with Mt Sunapee to the north. Open weekdays from 9am to sunset and weekends from 8:30am to sunset until October 20.
Weeks State Park - (Lancaster, off Route 3)...
The grounds provide a panorama of mountain splendor, including the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of VT, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy Peaks, and the upper Connecticut River Valley. Open on weekends from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm until October 14th.
Many of our unstaffed parks, trails or parks that have already closed facilities are also excellent places to bike ride such as: Bear Brook State Park, Clough State Park, Moose Brook State Park, Hopkington Everett Trails Area and more.


Fall Camping

Bear Brook State Park Campground - (Allenstown, off Route 28)
This park has 101 campsites located on Beaver Pond. A camp store, canoe rentals, coin-operated showers, laundry facilities, dump station, ice, and firewood are available. This is a pet friendly campground. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 8pm, Fri-Sat: 8am to 10pm. Closes October 14.
Cannon RV Park (FNSP) - (Franconia, I93 Parkway)
Located at the north end of Franconia Notch State Park, it offers 7 full-hookup campsites. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 8am to 9pm until October 1. The RV Park is open year-round with limited facilities after October 1.
Coleman State Park Campground  -  (Stewartstown)
On Little Diamond Pond, this 25 site campground offers an excellent base for fishing, kayaking, hunting and more. This is a pet friendly campground. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm,  Sat: 8am to 9pm until October 8, 2012.
Deer Mountain Campground - (Pittsburg)
Just south of the Canadian border, this 25 site primitive campground is located in Connecticut Lakes State Forest. This is a pet friendly campground. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 8am to 9pm until October 8.
Ellacoya State RV Park - (Gilford)
The 38 full hookup sites on the shore of Lake Winnipesauke offers mountain views. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 8am to 9pm. Closes October 8, 2012.
Greenfield State Park Campground - (Greenfield)
Tucked away in this 400-acre park are ponds, bogs and a 257-site campground. The campground has a separate beach. This is a pet friendly campground. Open Sun-Thurs: 9am to 8pm, Fri-Sat: 9am to 9pm. Closes October 8, 2012.
Hampton Beach State RV Park - (Hampton, Route 1A)
The only RV park directly on the New Hampshire coast at the mouth of the Hampton River. Route 1A can be easily reached from I-95 by either Route 101 or 286. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 8am to 9pm. Closes October 29, 2012.
Jericho Mountain State Park - (Berlin)
New for 2012! Campground has 20 primitive sites, including 5 cabins, 6 tent sites and 9 RV sites. Offers only water and portable toilets this season. Campground connects to the 75 miles of OHRV trails, day-use area with beach for swimming, pavilion and boat launch. Open into November.
Lafayette Place Campground (FNSP) - (Franconia, 193 Parkway)
In the heart of Franconia Notch is this 97 site campground. It is a great base for hiking, biking and exploring the White Mountain region.Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 8am to 9pm until October 10. Open year round with no facilities after October 8.
Lake Francis State Park Campground - (Pittsburg)
This lakefront park offers 45 sites for tent camping as well as some 2-way hookups. The park offers excellent base for fishing, wildlife viewing and kayaking. This is a pet friendly campground. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 8am to 9pm until October 22.

Milan Hill State Park Campground - (Milan)
With sweeping views of the White Mountains, mountains of Maine and Canada this park offers 10 campsites including 4 yurts for primitive camping. This is a pet friendly campground. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 8am to 9pm until October 18.

Mollidgewock State Park Campground -(Errol, Route 16)
This campground is popular for watching moose and other wildlife. Nearby rivers are a favorite among picnickers, anglers, canoeists, and kayakers. This is a pet friendly campground. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 8am to 9pm until October 8, 2012.

Monadnock State Park - (Jaffrey)
Gilson Pond Campground is open Mon-Thurs: 11am to 6pm and Fri-Sun: 11am to 9pm until October 30. Monadnock Headquarters Campground offers youth group camping and is open year-round with no facilities after October 30. Open Sun-Thurs: 7am to 6pm, Fri-Sat: 7am to 10pm.

Moose Brook State Park Campground - (Gorham)
With 59 campsites, the park is ideally located for fishing in the Peabody and Moose rivers. There many trails in the park are great for exploring on foot or mountain bike. This is a pet friendly campground. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 8am to 9pm until October 22.

Mount Sunapee State Park Campground - (Newbury)
The campground has 10 campsites including 5 lean-tos and one platform site. The sites are wooded and are for tent camping. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 8am to 9pm until October 8, 2012.

Pawtuckaway State Park Campground - (Nottingham, off Route 156)
A camp store, boat launch and canoe/kayak rentals are available. Coin-operated showers are accessible 24/7. Five cabins are available; each sleeps six people, has electricity, and includes a fire ring, picnic table. Open Sun-Thurs: 8:30am to 8pm. Fri-Sat: 8:30am to 9pm until October 28.

Pillsbury State Park Campground - (Washington, off Route 31)
This 41 site primitive campground includes canoe-to and walk-in sites. The park is heavily wooded with several ponds and wetlands that offer a variety of wildlife. This is a pet friendly campground. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 8am to 9pm until October 20.
Umbagog Lake State Park Campground - (Cambridge)
Campground offers 63 sites with tent and 2-way hookup sites, remote sites and three cabins. Park is great for wildlife viewing. This is a pet friendly campground. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 8am to 9pm until October 29.

White Lake State Park Campground - (Tamworth)
The 203-site campground is located on the shore of White Lake with some of the best swimming in the White Mountain region. Open Sun-Thurs: 8am to 6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 8am to 9pm until October 8.
We offer various camping experiences, such as primitive camping, cabin and yurt rentals, full-service RV hookups, and lean-to's. We want your visit to New Hampshire state park campgrounds to be a pleasant and memorable experience! For more information about camping in a New Hampshire State Park visit our Camping webpage or reserve a campsite through ReserveAmerica.

Fall ATVing

Jericho Mountain State Park - (Berlin)
This Park provides miles of trail riding for ATV, UTV and trail bike enthusiasts. Visitors are treated to a number of scenic outlooks and guests can also enjoy swimming, fishing, canoeing, or picnicking at Jericho Lake. The park is unstaffed and always open for recreation (no facilities).
Pisgah State Park - (Winchester)
Year-round trailheads for hiking, mountain biking, ATV and snowmobile use provide options for short, moderate, and long treks into the backcountry. The park is unstaffed and always open for recreation (no facilities).
Many of our Recreational Rail Trails are also excellent places to ride such as Ammonoosuc Recreational Rail Trail, Warren Recreational Rail Trail, Sugar River Recreational Rail Trail, Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail, and Rockingham Recreatiopnal Rail Trail (Fremont Branch). The Hopkington Everett Trails Area is another great place for Fall ATV riding.

Through the cooperative efforts of landowners, volunteer organizations, and the State, roughly 700 miles of trails are open for ATV and trail bike riding. Some trail systems have restrictions on the type of OHRVs that are permitted, so always check with the local volunteer club or the Bureau of Trails first. Visit our ATV Trail Information webpage for more information.