Bear Brook State Park
April 19. 2011 9:19PM
Bear Brook, with nearly 10,000 acres, is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire. Located in the southeast region of the state, there is plenty to do and see for everyone.
Hiking, biking, swimming and fishing are a few of the favorites. Forty miles of trails through the heavily forested park, leading to seldom visited marshes, bogs, summits and ponds, offer a variety of options for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Canoe rentals are available at both Beaver and Catamount Ponds, while rowboat rentals are also available at Beaver Pond.
Fly-fishing enthusiasts will be pleased to know Archery Pond welcomes their speciality and is universally accessible. Across the road from Archery Pond is a special little pond just for children under twelve to fish. If archery is your sport you might already know that Bear Brook boasts two archery ranges. One 15-target range is maintained by the N.H. Fish and Game Department, plus an additional 4-target practice range that is universally accessible.
Location: Off Route 28, Allenstown
Activities: Swimming, picnicking, separate group picnic ground/shelter. 2 archery ranges, fitness course. Nature trails, mountain biking, hiking, hunting, stream/pond fishing. Snowmobiling, ski touring, dog sledding, and 4-H camp.
Amenities: Campground, camp store, ball field, playground, bathhouse, shelters, picnic tables, canoe & row boat rentals, physical fitness course, archery course, Camping Museum, 4-H Nature Center, Snowmobile Museum and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum
Weekends: Mid-May to Mid-June
Daily: Mid-June to Labor Day
Camping: Early May to Mid-October
Acreage: 8,008 acres
For those interested in learning more about our natural and human history, a trip to the museum complex, located in the park one-half mile from the toll booth, is a must.
A 4-H Nature Center is featured at the park. Interpretive programs are held regulary throughout the summer season.
Also located in the museum complex are the New Hampshire Antique Snowmobile Museum, Museum of Family Camping, Old Allenstown Meeting House, and the Richard Diehl Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum.
Most of the museums are housed in historic CCC buildings. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bear Brook Camp is one of the most complete camps remaining intact and in use in the country. The museums are open at various times throughout the summer. The Museum of Family Camping is open daily from late May through mid-October.