My home state offers so many amazing year round outdoor adventure opportunities in the New Hampshire Parks! There are 93 NH State Parks including beaches, campgrounds, historic sites, waysides, natural areas, trails and more. We’ve got some tips to help you save money, plus photos from some of our favorite spots!
What to do in New Hampshire Parks
When it comes to outdoor fun, there’s something for everyone here! There are a wide variety of activities in the New Hampshire Parks, including:
- Alpine Skiing
- Digging for Gemstones
- Nordic & Snowshoeing
NH State Parks Map
Check out the interactive NH State Parks Map HERE to find an awesome park to visit!
NH Seacoast Beaches
There are 5 State Park beaches along the New Hampshire seacoast including:
- Hampton Beach State Park
- North Beach
- North Hampton State Beach
- Jenness State Beach
- Wallis Sands State Park
Personally, Jenness State Beach is my favorite because it is a little smaller than the others. You’ll need to go early to get a parking spot and stake your claim on the sand though!
NH State Park Beaches
One of our new favorite places is Greenfield State Park. We discovered it last year and it’s become a new family favorite. The beach is small but the facilities are fantastic. There’s a bathing house with bathrooms, a playground and even a little store.
Camping in New Hampshire Parks
There are 23 state park campgrounds in NH. This includes some that have electricity and some that are Pet Friendly Parks.
- Camping Rates
- Camping Policies
- NH State Parks Campground Amenities Grid
- NH State Parks Campground Guide
- NH State Parks Campground Operating Schedule
For more information on camping, click HERE.
New Hampshire Parks
Discounts New Hampshire Parks
There are a few ways to save money on visiting the NH State Parks.
- Coupon Books – Purchase $30 worth of coupons for $24. The coupons can be used at all of our day-use parks except parking meters and camping. The coupon books do not expire so they can be used from one season to the next.
- NH State Employees (SEA) Discount – Any full-time bargaining unit employee covered under the State Employees Association of New Hampshire Collective Bargaining Agreement is offered half price admission when visiting a New Hampshire State Parks day-use park, as well as Hampton Beach State Park-South, Wallis Sands State Park, the Flume Gorge or the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway and half-price camping. Proof of employment is needed, using a Department ID and a recent pay stub.
There is also a NH Senior Citizen discount.
- New Hampshire residents aged 65 and older
- are admitted free of charge at all day-use parks.
- receive $5 off nightly camping site fees except at Hampton, Ellacoya and Cannon RV parks.
- are admitted free of charge Monday through Friday at the Cannon Aerial Tramway and daily at the Flume Gorge.
Purchase a New Hampshire Parks Pass
- NH State Parks License Plate
- Individual Season Pass – $60
- NH Resident Family Season Pass – $105
- Non-Resident Family Season Pass – $120
- Individual Youth Season Pass $25
- Seacoast Parking Pass $175
How to Get Free Admission
Here’s who can enter the parks for free:
- Children ages 5 and under with a paying adult
- NH Military Personnel
- National Park Access Pass Holders
For more information on passes, coupons and discounts, please check out the Schedule & Fees on their website.
What to Pack for a Day in the New Hampshire Parks
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- Bug Spray
- Hats and Sun Glasses
- Water Bottles
- Wet Wipes
- Mini First Aid Kit
- Camera and Batteries
- Plastic Shopping Bag for Trash
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White Mountain National Forest Highlights
We have traveled through the White Mountain National Forest quiet a bit over the years. Here are some of our adventures:
- The Mt. Washington Auto Road, Gorham
- The Flume Gorge, Franconia
- Jackson Falls, Jackson
- Sabbaday Falls, Conway
- Diana’s Baths, Conway
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