CONSTRUCTION ALERT: : Beginning in October of 2023, construction will begin on the Hampton Beach jetty. Campers should expect to hear noise from construction equipment within the park. Construction will take place from 7AM-8PM, 7 days a week. Cranes and equipment may be located and operating within the park bounds. Thank you for understanding.
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South Beach - Hampton Beach State Park

Contact

8 State Park Rd, Hampton, NH 03842

Hours and Fees

LOTTERY UPDATE: The reservations for the 2024 Hampton Beach Lottery will be awarded on 11/15. Notifications will go out on 11/17, and payments will be automatically processed at that time. Any remaining inventory will be made available on January 12th at 9am.

Park is unstaffed for the season starting 9/24

RV Campground Office: 603-926-8990
Regional Park Office: 603-227-8722
Park Patrol: 603-227-8700
Lifeguards: 603-227-8707
Event/Group Use Coordinator: 603-227-8717

Visitors can make a reservation before arriving at the park as parking is limited (especially on nice weekends and holidays). Visitors who do not make a reservation will be admitted on a first-come/first-serve basis. Reservations can be made prior to arrival and no later than 3pm on the day of your visit. Please plan ahead in the event the parking areas reach capacity.


Parking Fees: $15 per passenger vehicle. NH residents age 65 and over $0.
Recreational Vehicles (RV) must pay $30 as they require 2 parking spaces.
Reservations are still recommended.
Tollboth: Closed
Bathhouse: Open 7:30 am - 8:00 pm.

Season Passes are Available 

Park Operating Schedules

Last day of Ocean Lifeguard coverage is September 10, 2023.
*Operating dates and times are subject to change without notice. For up to date hours, please call the park directly.

603-227-8706 (Lifeguards)
603-227-8717 (Events/Group Use)


This park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting.

Off season use: 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. 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.

Activities and amenities

Camping Fishing Equestrian Restrooms Swimming Horseback Riding Picnic Area Waterview Sites RV Hookups
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About the Park

Beach Advisories

Hampton Beach State Park (South Beach) provides year-round recreation, with Atlantic ocean-front facilities situated along miles of sandy beach. Activities in the park include swimming, fishing, picnicking, and RV camping with full hook-ups in the campground.
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Day Use Reservations at South Beach Hampton State Park

Visitors can make a reservation before arriving at the park as parking is limited (especially on nice weekends and holidays). Visitors who do not make a reservation will be admitted on a first-come/first-serve basis. 

Parks Plate and Season Pass: There are desiganted spaces set aside for plate/pass holders on a first-come/first-serve basis. Reservations are still encouraged in the event a park reaches capacity (requiring a $1 transaction fee).

NH Senior Citizens: To receive your discount at Hampton Beach State Park - South (and all other per vehicle locations), check the NH Senior Citizens box in the primary occupant profile section of the order details page.
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RV Camping at South Beach - Hampton State Park

The only RV park directly on the New Hampshire coast at the mouth of the Hampton River. The park is located south of the main part of Hampton Beach on Route 1A at the Seabrook-Hampton town line. Route 1A can be easily reached from I-95 by either Route 101 or 286. The campground, with 28 sites, is open for reservations from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend. 

Hampton Beach State RV Park Map  |  Hampton Beach State RV Park Information/Policies
 

Camping Information

RV Park Dates Office Hours Camping Rate Per Night
Open May 27, 2022 - October 29 8 am - 8 pm $50 (water/electric/sewer hookups)


Camping units must be able to hook up to all 3 services (water, electric, and sewer) and be self contained. No pop-ups or tents are allowed at this campground at any time.  Camping Policies.
A park store is located in the day-use area. Restaurants, entertainment, and other services are offered along Rt. 1A, just a short walk north. The park is close to many area attractions, including whale watching, saltwater fishing charter boats, sandy beaches, and swimming.


Are pets allowed at South Beach - Hampton State Park?

Pets are not allowed on the beach from May 1 to September 30. Pets are allowed on the beach from October 1 to April 30. Animals must be on a standard or rectractable leash not greater than 6 feet in length. Animal owners shall clean up any waste eliminated by their animals and place it in a trash can or remove it off-site. See our Visiting With Pets webpage for more information.

 

Equestrians: Riding in the Off-Season

Horseback riding is permitted on Hampton Beach from October 1 - April 30. Parking is available at the South Beach lot. Contact the park directly or see our administrative rules for more information.


Group Use Reservations

Pavilions

For information on this parks pavilion rental please visit Pavilions & Group Use page.

Youth Group Day Use

Youth and School Groups must call the park directly at least 2 weeks prior to arrival to make reservations before visiting. The Bus Pass Program is available for NH youth organizations that meet the program criteria (for more information and applications, please visit BUS PASS PROGRAM.)
 
 Groups that do not meet the qualification for the Bus Pass Program are eligible to receive a discounted rate. For More information, please visit our School & Youth Group Page.

 

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. Help keep the beaches clean and dispose of cigarette butts in the appropriate receptacles. 

Dump Station is for use by registered campers only.
Outside use is not permitted. See campground map for dump station location.


 

Access for Persons with Disabilities

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

Find Additional Seacoast Beaches and Parks Here:

Hampton Beach State Park
Jenness State Beach
North Hampton State Beach
North Beach
Wallis Sands State Park

Odiorne State Park
Rye Harbor State Park

 

Additional Resources

Hampton State Park Beaches Aerial Photo
For information about sea life visit the 
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New England Aquarium 
Blue Ocean Society Discovery Center
Information about Monarch Butterflies
Endangered Piping Plovers
Oceanfront Pavilion at Hampton Beach State Park
Seacoast Weddings, Meetings and Events Brochure
 
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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