Fort Stark State Historic Site

211 Wildrose Lane
New Castle, NH 03854
Phone: 603-271-3556

Activities and Amenities

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.

Operating Schedule

The parking lot gate will be open daily from 9am to 7pm starting Memorial Day weekend. The Visitor Center at Fort Stark State Historic Site will be open on weekends from 10am to 4pm until June 20. After June 20, it will be open Thursday through Sunday and Monday holidays, 10am to 4pm, until September 6. 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.
Gate & Museum Hours:
Gates Open: Daily,  9am - 7pm (starting 5/29)
Museum Open: Weekends only, 10am - 4pm until October 10

Volunteer Opportunities

Contact the Fort Stark Brigade and Friends for volunteer opportunities.

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

Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.

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)