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New Hampshire State Parks in the Winter

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Hiking







Winter Recreation Area
Historic Site
Our State Parks see many winter visitors. Whether you're snowmobiling, alpine skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing or mushing there are so many ways to experience winter in New Hampshire State Parks. Our uncrowded trails are a great place to cure your cabin fever this winter season. If you want to experience the natural beauty of a quintessential New England winter visit a State Park for some winter recreation.

State park property is always open for recreation. During the off-season parks are typically not staffed and comfort stations are not available. Road gates at many State Park properties are usually closed during the winter months.

Nordic/Snowshoeing


Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities in State Parks, Forests, and Recreational Rail Trails. Although many trails, including groomed snowmobile trails, are signed for other uses, all trails in the parks and forests are available for cross country skiing ans snowshoeing unless specified otherwise. Be sure to familiarize yourself with trail etiquette before using trails.

Hiking


In addition to appropriate cold weather clothing, hikers should be prepared through the winter with proper footwear and additional traction (MicroSpikes or crampons). Hikers without proper footwear may be forced to hike on the edges of trails, trampling vegetation, widening the trails, and harming the mountain's fragile ecosystem. There is no running water in the parks during winter. Hikers should bring water with them. Ice climbing and downhill skiing/telemarking are allowed in limited areas. Please call the park directly for details.

Camping


Popular Parks:
  • Monadnock State Park - Main campground open for winter camping with no facilities.
  • Franconia Notch State Park, Lafayette Place Campground - open in winter with no facilities, walk-to camping when gate is closed. Cannon Mountain RV Park - open in winter with no facilities, dump station available and access to water. 603.823.8800.
    Winter camping provides an opportunity for winter adventure that is close to home. Many campers utilize camping facilities at our State Parks for honing their winter backcountry skills while taking advantage of the convenience provided at a maintained campground. Hunters can also use the campground as a base to take advantage of hunting opportunities in the state forests located in the immediate area. Below is a list of campgrounds that are open year round, weather permitting. Campground sites are 1st come / 1st serve please contact the campground directly for availability.

    Mushing


    Today, you can see dog teams and mushers out on multi-use trails training for a race or just out enjoying the scenery and doing what they love. If you encounter a musher and the team of dogs on the trail, please give them plenty of space and approach the team only if the musher says it's okay to do so.

    Snowmobiling


    Every Tuesday and Friday, the Bureau of Trails sends out updates on current snowmobile trail conditions. You can subscribe to our trail report e-mail list on our Trail Conditions Report webpage. Riders should also check local club websites for area information.

    Notice: Winter OHRV use is permitted on designated snowmobile trails in Bear Brook and Pawtuckaway State Parks.

    Alpine Skiing


    Cannon Mountain Ski Area in Franconia Notch State Park has some of the best terrain in New England. With 9 chair lifts and 72 trails, Cannon Mountain has something for skiers and riders of every ability level. Check out today’s snow report and recent photos.

    For a smaller, more old fashioned skiing experience try Mt Prospect Ski Tow in Weeks State Park. The lift is running Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm - 4pm. They are also open to the public on Monday and Thursday evenings from 3 - 4:40pm when the ski team is practicing. Suggested donation to ski: $7 adults/$5 children