Four NH state parks celebrate 50th anniversary

Union Leader Correspondent |
July 21. 2014 8:02PM

Wallis Sands State Beach is perfect for young kids to enjoy their boogie boards. (KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS/Union Leader Correspondent)

GREENFIELD — Four New Hampshire State Parks that provide opportunities for recreation and enjoyment of the great outdoors are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

In 1964 Clough State Park in Weare; Greenfield State Park in Greenfield; Wallis Sands State Beach in Rye and Mount Washington State Park in Sargents Purchase were preserved forever.

“These parks represent New Hampshire from sea level at Wallis Sands to the highest peak in the Northeast on Mount Washington,” said Phil Bryce, director of the state’s Division of Parks and Recreation. “A half century ago, state leadership had the foresight and commitment to make sure these special places would be preserved for future generations.”

Clough State Park is located on the shore of Everett Lake, formed by a dam on the Piscataquog River, and features a 900-foot sandy beach, playing fields and large picnic areas.

Greenfield State Park has 154 camping sites, a swimming and picnic area with a bath house, kayaking and canoe rentals and hiking around Otter Pond along the bogs.

Wallis Sands State Park was once a station of the U.S. Lifesaving Service and later for the U.S. Coast Guard. Today, the sandy beach is a popular summer destination for swimming and picnicking.

The summit of Mount Washington is 6,228 feet and is breathtakingly unique. It’s home to the Mount Washington Observatory and a new museum. There are only a few ways to get there; via the Mount Washington Cog Railway, the auto road or by hiking. For 76 years, the weather observatory at the summit held the record for the highest wind speed on earth at 231 mph.

“These parks are not only preserving some of our state’s most valuable and treasured resources, they offer a fun and affordable way to get away from everyday life and enjoy the outdoors and natural world,” Bryce said. “These are getaways without going far away.”

New Hampshire State Parks operates 92 state properties, including state parks, beaches, campgrounds, historic sites and trails.

Seasonal options allow savings while exploring the state parks. Family and individual season passes and coupon books are available for daily entrance into day-use parks for the season. The New Hampshire State Park license plate allows the vehicle and its passengers to receive free admission into New Hampshire State Parks’ day-use areas. For information visit or call 603-271-3556.
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