Winter Recreaction

Visiting NH State Parks in Winter

Winter offers a unique opportunity for memorable outdoor adventures and New Hampshire State Parks have plenty of ways for visitors to stay active and enjoy the breathtaking scenery during the cold months. Our park properties are always open for recreation unless otherwise posted so you can continue to enjoy your favorite recreational activites on public lands all winter long. Whether you're snowmobiling, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, ice fishing or camping there are so many ways to experience winter in NH State Parks. Use the resources below to help plan your next winter outing.

Winter Use Considerations:

  • Other than those listed below, most parks are not staffed and comfort stations are not available.
  • Parking lots may not be plowed and gates may be closed during the winter months.
  • Where gates are closed and parking lots not open - park in a manner that allows access by others and do not block gates.
  • Reservations are not needed at most parks and day-use fees are not collected. (*except Monadnock State Park and the Ski Areas)
  • All parks are carry-in/carry-out.
  • Please remember to social distance and wear a face covering when near others – such as in restroom facilities that are open and the ski areas
  • The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.

Downhill Skiing

​Nordic Skiing

Overnight Stays

Hiking and Snowshoeing  

​Popular Parks: Additional Resources

Fat Biking

Popular Parks:

Ice Fishing

Popular Parks: Additional Resources: Stay Safe on the Ice (Fish and Game webpage)

Snowmobiling

Our Bureau of Trails sends out updates on current snowmobile trail conditions every Thursday. You can subscribe to our trail report e-mail list on our Trail Conditions webpage. Riders should also check local club websites for area information.
Snowmobile Trail Conditions

Winter Access and Parking

Seacoast Region

Hampton Beach State Park
  • South beach: Parking available, partially plowed.
  • Main beach: All parking available pending snow removal. Please follow posted signage in regards to parking when winter weather is expected. No fee required. Bathrooms open at Seashell, and by the Lady of the Sea monument.
North Beach: Partially plowed, reduced parking with snowfall. Bathroom open, no fee required.
North Hampton State Beach: Partially plowed, bathrooms closed, no fee required.
Jenness State Beach: partially plowed, bathrooms closed, no fee required.
Rye Harbor State Park: Partially plowed, gates open, bathrooms closed, no fee required, donations accepted via self-serve iron ranger.
Odiorne Point State Park: main lot plowed, boat launch not plowed, bathrooms available at Seacoast Science Center on weekends only. Fee required via self-serve station midweek, fee collected at Science center on weekends.

South Region 

Monadnock State Park: in operation with services and facilites. Winter camping available. Reservations required for hiking.
Bear Brook State Park: parking lots open, plowed and pit toilets provided  
Pawtuckaway State Park: Main parking lot open and plowed (at Visitors Center), pit toilets provided. Round Pond Road and Tower Road are not maintained in winter, gates may be closed and there is no access when roads are snow covered. 
Miller State Park: parking lot plowed and pit toilets provided
Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area: parking lot open, plowed and pit toilets provided
Northwood Meadows State Park: parking lots open, plowed and pit toilets provided
Greenfield State Park: parking lots open plowed and pit toilets provided
Silver Lake State Park: parking lot open and plowed, no facilities.  
Kingston State Park: open for walk-in use (roadside parking), no facilites
Clough State Park: open for walk-in use (roadside parking), no facilites
Pisgah State Park: open for walk-in use (roadside parking), no facilites
Rhododendron State Park: open for walk-in use (roadside parking), no facilites

Central Region

Crawford Notch State Park: Aresthusa Falls parking lot open and plowed, no facilities.
Cathedral Ledge State Park: Parking lot open and plowed (limited) , no facilities.
White Lake State Park: parking lot open and plowed, no facilities
Wellington State Park: parking lot open and plowed, no facilities
Mt Sunapee State Park:  Sunapee Beach parking lot open and plowed, no facilities
Ahern State Park: parking lot open and plowed, no facilities
*All other Central Region Parks are open for walk-in use with limited parking and no facilites

Franconia Notch State Park

Cannon Mountain Ski Area: in operation with services and facilites. Reservations required for skiing.
Parking at Other Sites in the Park :​
Flume Gorge: parking lots open and partially plowed with no facilites
The Basin: parking lots open and plowed with no facilites
Old Bridle Path: parking lots open and plowed with no facilites
Cannon Aerial Tramway: parking lots open and partially plowed with no facilites
Boise Rock: northbound only - plowed with pit toilets provided  
Lafayette Place: parking lots open and plowed with pit toilets provided. Self-serve winter camping available.
Profile Lake: southbound only - parking lots open and plowed with no facilites

Great North Woods Region

Lodges at Coleman State Park: in operation with services and facilites. Lodging available with reservations as well as camper cabins.
Lake Francis State Park: parking lots open, plowed and pit toilets provided
Moose Brook State Park: parking lots open, plowed and pit toilets provided
Jericho Mountain State Park: Parking lots open and plowed, no facilities.
Connecticut Lake Headwaters Working Forest: Parking lots open and plowed, no facilities.
Milan Hill State Park: Parking lots open and plowed, no facilites. Nordic Ski Trails open and maintained by Nansen Ski Club.