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Fort Stark State Historic Site


211 Wildrose Lane, New Castle, NH 03854

Hours and Fees

Opening Day: May 27th
Closing Day: October 9th

Gate is opened daily from 10:00am-6:00pm
Visitor Center is open Friday – Sunday, 10:00am-3:00pm


This museum has military artifacts and information about the 22nd Coastal Artillery which was headquartered at Fort Stark in New Castle during World War II. The area also has a walking trail with an information guide, a small beach and kayak access to the ocean and Little Harbor. There are no rest rooms and only limited parking.

Off-season use: The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Please be aware that many State Parks 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 enusre their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands. 

Activities and amenities

Fishing Canoeing Picnic Area Walking Trails Historical Site Learning Environments

About the Park

Fort Stark Historic Site is located on a peninsula historically called Jerry's Point on the southeast corner of New Castle Island. It overlooks the Piscataqua River, Little Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Fort Stark was named in honor of John Stark, commander of N.H. forces at the Battle of Bennington (1777). An unmarked walking trail traverses the ten-acre fort site. Please visit with caution! Fort Stark is a former military installation. Beware of dangers of unprotected stairs, high walls, rough ground and slippery rocks. Adult supervision of children is required.

Fort Stark Self-Guided Walk Flyer

Informational Video: Fort Stark A Legacy Reclaimed

See the whole album of historical photos from Fort Stark Historic Site, taken between 1940-1944 on our Facebook page.
Volunteer Opportunities

Contact the Fort Stark Brigade and Friends for volunteer opportunities.


Youth Group Day Use 

Youth and School Groups must call the park directly at least 2 weeks prior to arrival to book a trip and schedule tours.


Are pets allowed at Fort Stark State Historic Site?

Pets are permitted on a leash in the park except for the picnic and beach area where they are prohibited. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.

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.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Visit our Accessibilty page for more information on specific accessibilty needs or questions, please contact the individual park office directly.

Addtional Resources/Information

Fort Stark Brochure
Fort Stark Self-Guided Walk Flyer
Map of Fort Stark Historic Site
Fort Stark A Legacy Reclaimed (Informational Video)
Friends of Fort Stark

Drone use is restricted at all NH State Parks. Drone operators are not permitted to take off or land within NH State Park boundaries.
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