Activities and Amenities
Wellington State Park boasts the largest freshwater swimming beach in the New Hampshire State Park system. Hiking trails and picnic areas along the shore afford views of one of the deepest and clearest lakes in the state. The park maintains volleyball and horseshoe courts. The Snack Bar offers a variety of snacks, ice cream, cold drinks, beach and picnic items, and souvenirs. Gas grills are allowed along with wood and/or charcoal fires for cooking.
Within the park, the peninsula nature trail features picnic areas, designated fishing areas, plant identification markers, and spectacular views of Newfound Lake and Cliff and Belle Islands. A well-marked hiking trail leads from the park and provides hikers access to Goose Pond, the Sugarloafs, Bear Mountain, Welton Falls, and Mt. Cardigan. A developed boat launch operated by N.H. Fish & Game adjoins the park, providing boaters free year-round access to Newfound Lake. Boat lanes along the beach allow boater access to the park for the regular admission price. Boat launch is open 24hrs / 7days a week. Kayak rentals are also available at the park store.
Organized youth group camping is offered on both Belle and Cliff Islands. Reservations are required and may be made from mid-May through the summer season by calling our main office at 603-271-3556.
Due to the popularity of Wellington'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.
NOTICE for July 13, 2019: The 'Swim with a Mission' event will be taking place at Wellington State Park on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Park visitors should be aware that parking inside the park will be very limited, however if you choose to visit Wellington, there will be off-site parking and a shuttle service to transport you to and from the park.
Swim with a Mission is an open water festival that will include open water swim races, a demonstration of skills by the US Navy SEALs and their K-9 unit, the NH National Guard, and the Manchester Police Department K-9 unit.
If you are looking for alternative beach front State Parks, please consider Ellacoya State Park located in Gilford, or Wadleigh State Park located in North Sutton, both of which are approximately 30 miles from Wellington State Park. Click here for a complete list of NH State Park swimming options.
Planning an Outing?
Wellington State Park is a great location to hold a family reunion, corporate outing, wedding, and more. For more information, check out our Outings in State Parks page and see a complete listing and photos of all our State Park Pavilions and Group Use Areas.
Note: In the spring of 2019 the main pavilion (Eagle’s Perch) will be relocated approx. 100ft from its present location; therefore we will not be taking reservations until June 22nd 2019. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please Note: 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.
Children (6-11): $2
The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Please be aware that many State Park areas and trails are not staffed during the off-season, and day-use fees are not collected. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.
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. Season passes are available. When park is unstaffed during the season, please use Iron Ranger (self-serve paystation).
Are pets allowed at Wellington State Park?
Pets are not permitted in the park. 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.
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
Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.
The New Hampshire State Park Experience Blog
9/27/12 "Goodbye and Thank You From Wellington State Park"
9/20/12 "Sunset Picnic at Wellington State Park"