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Bear Brook State Park

Seacoast Region, New Hampshire

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  • Campground office and store. - Bear Brook State Park
  • Playground in the campground.- Bear Brook State Park
  • Typical campsite at Bear Brook State Park.- Bear Brook State Park
  • Typical campsite at Bear Brook State Park.- Bear Brook State Park
  • Campground facilities. - Bear Brook State Park
  • Beaver Pond nature trail. - Bear Brook State Park
  • Beaver Pond. - Bear Brook State Park
  • View looking out over Beaver Pond.- Bear Brook State Park
  • Beaver Pond beach is open to campground guests only.- Bear Brook State Park
  • Wide trail for biking and hiking. - Bear Brook State Park
  • A multi-use trail parallels the park road to the campground.- Bear Brook State Park
  • Typical trail for hiking and biking.- Bear Brook State Park
  • Trail junction.- Bear Brook State Park
  • Trail to Archery Pond and the archery range. - Bear Brook State Park
  • Archery range at Bear Brook State Park. - Bear Brook State Park
  • Archery Pond is open to fly fishing and has a few benches and picnic tables nearby.- Bear Brook State Park
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Pros: 
Mountain biking trails. Family friendly. Year-round recreation.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Seacoast Region, NH
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Bear Brook State Park is one of New Hampshire’s largest state parks, boasting 10,000 acres of mountains, ponds, and marshes along with 40 miles of trails. The main entrance to Bear Brook State Park brings visitors to a large parking area for hiking and biking or to a trailhead for horseback riders, where many trails may be accessed. Hikers can stroll along Bear Brook on the Bear Brook Trail or hike up to a scenic view on Catamount Hill. Fly fish at Archery Pond, or teach the kids to fish at the kids-only fishing pond. There are two archery ranges and a vast network of trails for mountain biking. Bear Brook State Park’s campground has 101 sites to choose from with a small beach open only to campground guests. There is a playground, a softball field, and an open play area, offering a family-friendly experience. Additionally, a day-use swimming beach is available to the public at Catamount Pond, a short drive from the main entrance. 

Interpretive programs are offered all summer, and you can learn about the park’s history by visiting one the park's museums, which are housed in historic buildings themselves. Bear Brook State Park was once the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, with its buildings built around 1935. If you enjoy snowmobiling, visit the New Hampshire Antique Snowmobile Museum to learn about the sport’s history and see the museum’s collection of snowmobiles. During the winter, Bear Brook State Park becomes a great place for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

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