South Beach - Hampton Beach State Park

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8 State Park Rd.
Hampton, NH 03842
Phone: 603-926-8990
603-227-8706 (Lifeguards)
603-227-8717 (Events/Group Use)

A live webcam of Hampton Beach can be found at, Beach Cam Hampton Beach
 

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Activities and Amenities

Camping

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.

Make a Reservation

Book a parking spot at Hampton Beach (South Beach Lot): 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.

HAMPTON BEACH SOUTH RESERVATIONS

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.


Operating Schedule

Dates and times are weather dependent and subject to change without notice. For up to date hours, please call the park directly.

Hampton Beach State Park- South Beach: Operating Hours
Gates Open 8 am- 8 pm
Hampton (South Beach)
8 State Park Rd. opens May 14 
Weekends Only until Season Ends: September 25, 2022
Exception: Open Friday, September 9 for the Seafood Festival.

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.

Visiting With Your Pet

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.

Fees

Parking fee is $15 per passenger vehicle for the parking area at South Beach. NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free. Season passes are available. Recreational Vehicles (RV) must pay $30 as they require 2 parking spaces.

RVing at Hampton Beach State Park (South Beach)

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. 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.

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

RESERVE A CAMPSITE

Reservations can also be made by calling 1-877-647-2757

Hampton Beach Campsite Lottery information

The lottery is now open and winners will be announced in November 2022
 
RV Park Dates Office Hours Camping Rate Per Night
Open May 27, 2022 - October 29 8 am - 8 pm $50 (water/electric/sewer hookups)

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.

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. 

Beach Advisories

For listings of current advisories, please visit the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services Beach Advisories website page.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

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

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