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 for the campers at the campground beach. 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.
|Notice: Pets Must Be Leashed
|Pets must be leashed at all times within the 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.
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.
New Campsite at Smith Pond Now Open:
The Smith Pond shelter is an Adirondack-style, lean-to shelter that was built in 1937 by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The shelter sits atop a hill that overlooks Smith Pond.
Renters have access to two wide wooden bunks inside the shelter, a stone cook place, two outhouses, and steps that lead them down to the pond. The shelter is well wooded, and has an amazing view of the pond.
- The nightly site fee pays for 2 adults only and up to 4 dependent children under 18.
- 6 people maximum per site of which only 4 can be adults.
- This site is hike-in only, cars are parked at the trail head entering the site.
- This site is off of the main campground road. Facilities for site are outhouses and are located on site with shelter.
- Campers will need to bring their own drinking water and firewood.
- Open for reservations through Veterans Day weekend on reserveamerica.com or by calling 1-877-647-2757
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
||6/17 - 9/18 Day Use Beach
6/17-10/30 Podunk Rd. Trails
(Gates close at 8pm)
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 will be presented by our SCA Interpretive Rangers 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 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 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.
For listings of current advisories, please visit the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services Beach Advisories website page.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.