National Forests & State Parks
Franconia Notch State Park (25 miles)
Route 93, Franconia/Lincoln, NH 03580
Pets: in designated areas only
Recreation: biking, camping, hiking, fishing, picnicing, swimming, boating, sightseeing, more
Located in the heart of the popular White Mountain National Forest, Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass traversed by a unique parkway which extends from the Flume Gorge at the south to Echo Lake at the north. For eight miles, I-93 winds between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges. Franconia Notch was the home of the famous Old Man of the Mountain, the same "Great Stone Face" immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster. While you are here, stop at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center and walk through the renowned Flume Gorge, ride the exciting aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain, and visit the New England Ski Museum. Take your time, stop for a swim at Echo Lake, net a trout while fly fishing at Profile Lake, ride your bike on the Recreational Trail, watch for rock climbers, hawks, and falcons on Cannon Cliffs, or hike on the Appalachian Trail. Bring the family, stay awhile, and enjoy Franconia Notch State Park.
Jericho Mountain State Park (25 miles)
Jericho Lake Road, Berlin, NH 03570
Pets: Leashed pets permitted on the trails only
Recreation: ATV, hiking, horseback riding, biking, fishing, swiming, snowmachine, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hunting, pinicing, more
Jericho Mountain State Park provides opportunities for miles of trail riding for ATV, UTV, trail bike, and snowmobile enthusiasts alike. Open to the public, but still in development, the park will continue to have more miles added to the trail network over the next several years. Throughout the park, visitors are treated to a number of scenic outlooks. Park guests can also enjoy swimming, fishing, canoeing, or picnicking at Jericho Lake. Further development plans for the park include a ride-in/ride-out campground, several remote tent sites, group picnic pavilions, administrative offices, and improved beach facilities.
Weeks State Park (8 miles)
Off Route 3, Lancaster, NH 03584
permitted in all areas
hiking, biking, picnicing, sightseeing
John Wingate Weeks Historic Site's Mt. Prospect estate was built at the direction of John Wingate Weeks, leading conservationist, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, and Secretary of War under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. The 420-acre Mt. Prospect estate was given to the state of New Hampshire in 1941 by John Weeks' children, Katherine Weeks Davidge and Sinclair Weeks. Set at the very top of Mt. Prospect in Lancaster, New Hampshire, the house and grounds provide a 360-degree panorama of mountain splendor, including the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy Peaks, and the upper Connecticut River Valley. Enjoy a historic Tower and the Lodge.
Forest Lake State Park (10 miles)
397 forest Lake Road, Dalton, NH 03598
Pets: NOT permitted
Recreation: Swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, picnicing, more
Forest Lake State Park, one of the ten original state parks, was created in 1935. The park spans 397 acres and its 200-foot sandy beach lies on the shore of Forest Lake. Popular activities in the park include swimming, picnicking, mountain biking, fishing, and boating.