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Breathtaking vistas make New Hampshire an enthralling place for recreation in the outdoors. Hosting over 93 state parks that wind through valleys and mountains, the breathtaking terrain of New Hampshire offers a multitude of scenic trails. Enjoy hiking and biking in the summer and numerous ski resorts that provide exhilarating winter adventure.
Crawford Notch State Park in the White Mountain National Forest provides 5,775 acres of pristine beauty including hiking trails, waterfalls, fishing and spectacular mountain views. The famed Willey House, on the grounds, tells the story of the Willey family that was lost in a landslide and depicted in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘The Ambitious Guest’. Flume Cascade and Silver Cascade are the regions two gorgeous waterfalls, both falling 300 feet into the Saco River.
Wellington State Park in Bristol, NH hugs the banks and beaches of beautiful Newfound Lake. The pristine glacial water makes it one of the cleanest lakes in the country. A beach area offers tube rentals, concession stands, and picnic tables.
Also near Bristol, Pemigewasset River is home to some of the best fly-fishing in New England, while the Nashua River Trail in the southern part of the state provides 12.5 miles of paved paths for biking or walking in a tranquil setting. For a more adventurous day in New Hampshire, try white water rafting or horseback riding at Milan’s North Woods Rafting, at the base of Mt Cabot.
Set in the White Mountains, Franconia Notch State Park is located in northern New Hampshire along Interstate 93. Set east of Franconia, this New Hampshire state park is home to the Cannon Mountain ski area.
Open year round, Franconia Notch State Park also features Echo Lake Beach, the New England Ski Museum, the historic Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, and the Flume Gorge & Visitor Center. Covering nearly 7,000 acres, the park features swimming, fishing, and boating – plus dry fun like hiking, picnicking, and biking.
Covering 10 acres along the Piscataqua River in downtown Portsmouth, Prescott Park is a ten-acre waterfront park located between State Street and Mechanic Street. One of New Hampshire's prettiest urban environments, the park features flower gardens, walkways, docking areas, seating, and grassy knolls.
Don't miss the "trial garden", which features over 500 flower varieties planted during the summer or the park's rose garden. If you're visiting in the summer, Prescott Park hosts a juried art show and the Prescott Arts Festival, which features musical performances and full-length plays.