Moose Brook State Park
April 19. 2011 9:38PM
Located in the White Mountains Region, just north of the Presidential Range, Moose Brook State Park is in an area of unparalleled scenery and offers a variety of outdoor activities. The park is ideally located for fishing in the Peabody and Moose rivers. Moose Brook flows through the park, and after passing through a shallow warming pool, feeds the swimming area with cool, clear mountain water. Picnicking and swimming are enjoyed against the scenic mountain backdrop. The many trails in the park are great for exploring on foot or mountain bike.
Location: Off Route 2, Jimtown Rd, Gorham
Activities: Camping, swimming, picnicking, mountain biking, fishing, hiking nearby
Amenities: Campground, bathhouse, camp store, picnic tables, youth group area
Day-Use Weekend: Mid-May to Mid-June
Daily: Mid-June to Labor Day
Camping: Mid-May to Mid-October
Acreage: 774 acres
The 87 park acres and surrounding 668 acres of state forest were purchased by the state in 1934. The swimming area, bathhouse, campground, and administration building were built at that time and the park opened to the public in 1936.
The original administration building, still in use, is an excellent example of classic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) design and construction. The CCC was created by President Roosevelt in the early 1930s in an effort to help bring an end to the Great Depression. The CCC, often referred to as Roosevelt's tree army, was designed to utilize the country's many unemployed youths in natural resource conservation efforts. The program is responsible for much of the early state park development across America.
The variety of campground sites at Moose Brook, including some that are wooded, in open grassy areas, remote, or pull-through, should appeal to many types of campers. Although there are no hook-ups, recreational vehicles are welcome in sites where they fit. Showers, swimming, firewood, and a camp store are available.
The 59-site campground includes 53 sites available by reservation only, one of which is for youth group reservations; six are for first-come/first-served campers.