COVID-19

New Hampshire State Parks Response to COVID-19

Maintaining the safety of our visitors and our staff is a top priority for New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.  Many parking lots are open and visitors using those parks are requested to follow all COVID-19 precautions.  

As you make plans to get outdoors remember to be safe, be well, and be local so that we can keep our parks open. The future status of parks and the availability of facilities will be determined by whether everyone is following all of the precautions.
 
Planning to Visit a State Park?
Visitors will be asked to:
  • remain home if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19; and
  • keep a safe distance of at least 6 feet from other people visiting the park/campground at all times; and
  • wear a cloth face covering over mouth and nose to protect others when in locations where other consumers might be present (e.g. bathroom facilities)
  • Congregate in groups of no more than ten people.

Day-Use Reservations Now Required

Make a Day-Use Reservation:
When planning a visit, guests can purchase day-use reservation tickets up until 5 p.m. including once they arrive at the park. Please plan ahead in the event the parking areas reach capacity.

Parks Plate or Season Pass Holders: Visitors with pre-paid or discounted access are still encouraged to make an online reservation. When making a reservation you can indicate that you are a pass/parks plate holder and you will not be charged the day-use/parking fee. However there will still be a $1 transaction fee for using the online reservation system.

NH Seniors please note: we are working with ReserveAmerica to add an option for more than one senior per reservation. Until then you must make a seperate reservation for each Senior Citizen in your group. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have the option for more than one senior up soon.

Camping Reservations

Visit our campground page for a list of currently open campgrounds.
To find current status of an existing reservation call Reserve America at 1-877-647-2757 or log in to your reserve America account and select my account and reservations. This will give you the status of your reservation.
 
All Campers Are Asked To:
  • Remain home if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, respiratory symptoms such as sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches, chills, and severe fatigue or changes in a person’s sense of taste or smell.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least 6 feet from other people visiting the campground at all times.
  • Wear a cloth face covering over mouth and nose to protect others when in locations where other visitors might be present (e.g. bathroom facilities).

Additional Information

State of New Hampshire Corona Virus Updates:
We encourage New Hampshire residents and visitors to review information provided by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services as it relates to the virus. We know our guests are interested in our efforts to help keep your family healthy.

We recognize the importance nature has in helping to relieve stress during this time and are committed to ensuring our guests and staff continue to have a safe and memorable experience at our state parks. While every individual must make decisions based on their own health, willingness to take on risk, and recommendations and mandates from local, state and federal governments, at the moment, being outdoors and isolated (dispersed recreation) meets current “social distancing” recommendations.
 
What is Social Distancing?
To stop the spread of coronavirus, health and government officials recommend avoiding large gatherings and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from other people. This reduces the chance of contact with those knowingly or unknowingly carrying the infection.

How can you practice Social distancing your NH State Parks
State parks may be the best way to social distance while getting fresh air at the same time. Guests are still welcome to enjoy the public outdoor areas at state parks, recreation areas, state forests, state trails and, of course, our lakes, rivers and streams.

Be Safe, Be Well, Be local
With the current stay at home order issued by Gov. Sununu, we are asking our visitors to recreate close to where they live. We understand how important it is for many to get outdoors, but ask that you practice social distancing and avoid outdoor destinations that see many visitors. If you are out on the trails please maintain six feet of separation from others, limit the use of public facilities by using the bathroom before leaving home and bring all the items you will need (water/snacks/supplies) to limit stops at businesses along the way.

Please take this situation seriously and do all that you can to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our communities. We appreciate your support of our park system and will continue to communicate updates during this rapidly evolving situation.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do you clean restrooms, showers, and other facilities?
  • Restrooms and showers are cleaned daily or more often, and we are keeping a careful eye on the level of park use. Remember that public places are only as clean as the last person who touched them. It is important for everyone to follow suggestions for COVID-19 personal hygiene recommended by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
Are you providing disinfectant to visitors?
  • Hand soap is available at all our restroom facilities with flush toilets. Hand sanitizer is provided at locations with outhouses only.  A good portion of your safety relies on you, since any public facility is only as clean as the last person who touched it. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has a web page devoted to COVID-19 with updates and resources regarding COVID-19 (Link above).
How might my park experience be different now?
  • We have made changes in our cleaning routines to keep our guests safe and healthy. You can help to protect our staff by using a credit or debit card whenever possible to reduce social contact. It is also possible you will see reduced service in some areas where fewer staff and volunteers are available. We may make more changes as the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve and information is provided by the CDC and the NH Department of Health and Human Services.  
Additional Parks FAQ's

If you see something in a park that needs attention, please notify a staff member. If you have additional questions or suggestions for us, please send them to nhparks@dncr.nh.gov.

NH has established a hotline for questions concerning COVID-19. You can reach the hotline by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-866-444-4211