Mt. Sunapee State Park

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86 Beach Access Road
Newbury, NH 03255
Phone: 603-763-5561

Activities and Amenities

Camping

Mount Sunapee State Park is a major recreation area in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region offering year-round activities. In the winter, alpine skiing is available at Mt. Sunapee Resort, owned by the State of New Hampshire and managed by Vail Resorts Inc. The 4,085 acre lake at Mt. Sunapee State Park Beach is an ideal spot for family and group outings. A boat launch is available with some restrictions. Boat rentals are available. Situated about a mile from the beach, the campground offers lean-to and platform sites for family camping in a natural setting.

Notice about Mt Sunapee Ski Resort: There is high demand for parking at Mount Sunapee this season, particularly on weekends. Please arrive early and carpool whenever possible. For updates related to arrival/parking, lift operations, and terrain visit the Mt Sunapee Ski Resort website. Updates are also available on the Mount Sunapee Operations Twitter Channel (@SunapeeMT).

Make a Reservation

Book your trip to Sunapee Beach: Visitors can make a reservation before arriving at the park as parking is limited (especially on nice weekends and holidays). Walk-in spaces are available for visitors on a first come/first-serve basis. Reservations can be made up to 30 days prior to arrival.
 
Beach Reservations

Parks Plate & Season Pass: There are designated 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 a discount at our per person fee locations, enter the number of NH Seniors in the vehicle/occupant information section of the order details page, rather than the number of adults.

Beach Advisories

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

Beach Schedule

Due to the popularity of Mount Sunapee State Park's beach area on nice weekends and holidays, the beach will most likely sell-out in the morning hours. Once the beach area reaches capacity additional beach goers cannot be admitted due to safety concerns. 

Fee Days/Hours
Adults: $5
Children (6-11): $2
Car with Boat Trailer: $10
Open 5/13/2022, 9am - 6pm
 
Dates and times are weather dependent and subject to change without notice. For up to date hours, please call the park directly. 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.

Fees

Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under and NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free. The parking fee for a car with a boat trailer is $10. Season Passes are available. When park is unstaffed during the season, please use Iron Ranger (self-serve pay station).

Camping at Mount Sunapee

The campground has 11 campsites that offer either lean-tos or tent platforms. The sites are wooded and are for tent camping. One campsite is non-reserveable and available for walk-in campers.
 
Camping Dates Camping Rate Per Night
May 13 - October 9, 2022 $23 (platform, no hookups)
$29 (lean-to, no hookups)

Mt Sunapee Camping Reservations

The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway

At Mount Sunapee State Park the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway connects with the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway at Lake Solitude and crosses the State Park from Newbury Harbor via the Newbury Trail and Solitude Trails to Goshen via the Summit and Province Trails.

The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway is a 75 mile loop trail that links four New Hampshire State Parks: Sunapee, Winslow, Rollins, Wadleigh. The trail also links three New Hampshire State Forests: Gile, Kearsarge and Shadow Hill as well as one Wildlife Management Area: Bog Mountain. See the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Coalition website for more information.

Are pets allowed at Mt. Sunapee State Park?

Pets are permitted in the Mt Sunapee Campground and trails only. They are not permitted at the beach at any time. Pets are also restricted from the annual Arts and Crafts Festival and are not allowed at the ski area during winter operations. 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 Accessibility for All webpage at www.nhstateparks.org/news-events/accessibility. 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.