Press Releases 7/22/2019 - NH State Parks 2019 Water Safety Day NH State Parks NH Beach Patrol will host their 2019 Water Safety Day on July 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hampton Beach Seashell Complex, 180 Ocean Blvd., Hampton, NH. 7/22/2019 - Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Beatrix Potter Day It’s Beatrix Potter Day! Hop down to the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Park Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 375 Little Harbor Road, Portsmouth, NH. 7/15/2019 - Cardigan Mountain State Park - Road Closures and Access Orange Road in Orange near Cardigan Mountain State Park is closed except to local traffic due to heavy damage sustained during Thursday evening’s storm. Cardigan Mountain State Park remains open, but please be advised that anyone seeking public access to the mountain or the hiking trails should seek alternate access via Burnt Hill Road. DOT officials will work as quickly as possible to restore Orange Road to through traffic. 7/10/2019 - NH celebrates Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday throughout the summer Smokey Bear is celebrating his 75th birthday this year and he will be making several appearances throughout New Hampshire as part of his mission to raise awareness about wildfire prevention. 6/27/2019 - NH Parks pilot campsite lottery at select parks open July 1 The NH State Parks announces a lottery for selected camping sites at Hampton Beach State Park and Ellacoya State Park. The State Parks Camping Lottery is a pilot program for the 2020 camping season to ensure greater opportunity for campers to experience our most popular camping areas. 6/25/2019 - State officials share update on multi-agency effort to address safety and parking on I-93 in Franconia Notch State Park Heading into the busy summer hiking season, state officials issue reminders of efforts underway to ensure safety for people visiting Franconia Notch State Park (FNSP). 6/21/2019 - Trails Bureau Presents Landowner of the Year Award The Bureau of Trails selects one landowner each year to recognize, as part of the NH Snowmobile Trail Program, as the Landowner of the Year. 6/19/2019 - Bear Brook State Park Steering Committee is holding a public listening session June 27 The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the Bear Brook State Park Management Plan Steering Committee is holding a public listening session at NH Fish and Game, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH on June 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. 6/12/2019 - Jenness State Beach Bathhouse Ribbon Cutting Celebration NH Parks and Recreation will host a ribbon cutting celebration for the new bathhouse at Jenness State Beach at 2280 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH at 1:30 p.m. on June 14. 5/22/2019 - NH State Parks provides Hiker Shuttle at Franconia Notch State Park New Hampshire State Parks is announcing the pilot hiker-shuttle service will be provided again this year in Franconia Notch State Park. This service offers a safe and legal alternative to parking on Interstate 93 for people visiting the Franconia Notch and the White Mountain National Forest. 5/20/2019 - Late Winter Snows and Heavy Spring Rains Causing Delay to Start of OHRV Season in Northern NH The Bureau of Trails is announcing that the OHRV trail network in much of Coos County will not be open for the Memorial Day Weekend. 5/20/2019 - Federal Grant Money Available for Recreational Projects The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation announces Grant Round 30 of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). 4/18/2019 - Join NH Parks at Discover Wild NH Day The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department hosts Discover Wild NH Day Saturday April 20, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. 4/15/2019 - Recreational Trails Program Grant Applications for 2020 Available The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation, Bureau of Trails announces the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant applications for 2020 are now available. 12/27/2018 - New Year's Eve Open House at Hampton Beach State Park The Division of Parks and Recreation will be hosting an Open House on Monday, December 31, 2018 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Seashell Oceanfront Pavilion at Hampton Beach State Park. Refreshments will be served and fireworks will begin at 8:00pm. 12/26/2018 - Celebrate the New Year with New Hampshire State Parks What better way to kick-off 2019 than with a hike within a New Hampshire State Park on January 1, 2019. 12/7/2018 - Celebrate the New Year in a New Hampshire State Park New Hampshire State Parks invites the public to kick off the New Year with a hike On New Year’s Day. Five state parks across New Hampshire will host free hikes, providing individuals and families the opportunity to welcome in 2019 in the outdoors while exercising and connecting with nature. 11/19/2018 - Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants Awarded to 6 New Hampshire Communities The United States Department of the Interior-National Park Service (NPS), through the State of New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources-Division of Parks and Recreation, has recently approved over $925,000.00 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) local assistance grants to the communities of Franklin, Newmarket, Lincoln, New Boston, Littleton, and Salisbury. 11/15/2018 - Bureau Reminds Riders Trails Aren’t Open Yet Despite some early season snowfall and the potential for more, the NH Bureau of Trails is issuing a reminder to snowmobile riders that the majority of NH's snowmobile network does not open until mid-December. 10/31/2018 - Division of Parks and Recreation to Host a Community Meeting in Hampton The Division of Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, November 7 from 5pm – 6:30pm at the Seashell Complex at Hampton Beach State Park. 9/26/2018 - Mount Sunapee State Park Decision on Proposed Assignment of the Lease Announced Commissioner Stewart announces her decision on the proposed assignment of the Lease. 9/14/2018 - Mount Sunapee State Park Public Information Session Announced The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will hold a public information session on the proposed assignment of the State’s lease of a portion of Mount Sunapee State Park. 8/13/2018 - Profile Lake Accessible Fishing Platform Public Information Session The Division of Parks and Recreation will be holding an informational session to present the plans for the Profile Lake accessible fishing platform and walkway. 8/1/2018 - NH State Parks Launches Shuttle Service in Franconia Notch State Park to Address Hiker Parking New Hampshire State Parks is announcing the launching of a pilot shuttle service in Franconia Notch State Park.