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New Hampshire State Parks Babysitter's Guide

Even with camps, vacations and trips planned, three months of summer can feel like a lot of time to fill the kiddos' schedules with meaningful activities until they are back to school. Whether you use this guide yourself or share it with your caretaker, here’s our definitive babysitter’s guide to New Hampshire State Parks, for an entertaining and valuable use of your children’s summer vacation. Making exploring these parks as easy as possible is a key part of the babysitter’s guide. An NHSP Family Seasons Pass or a New Hampshire Park Plate  gets you where you need to go simply and quickly.
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Dixville Notch State Park

Babysitter’s Guide to Getting Up and Out

If there’s one thing NH State Parks can do for your summer vacation, it's letting you in on the best ways to enjoy New Hampshire’s natural recreation. When motivating kiddos to get out and get active, it’s all about the views. Dixville Notch offers varying hikes, directly off US Route 26, with rewarding and awe-inspiring views. Table Rock Trail averages a 75-minute hike time, leading to a picturesque overlook of Lake Gloriette and the entire notch. Though this is a steeper trail, wearing the right footwear and taking it slowly makes it a moderate hike. Sanguinary Ledge Trail is a more challenging trail, averaging a 2.5-hour hike time. However, the trail passes five overlooks along the way. You can make your own summit for however long you’d like to hike without sacrificing the reward of a view. When hiking, make sure to check advisories and resources on how to best prepare for your trip. Check out our Hiking page for these resources.

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