Bear Brook State Park

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Bear Brook State Park

New Hampshire

(603) 485-9869

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Things To Do

Overview

Bear Brook, with over 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 Catamount Ponds.

Map of Bear Brook (NH)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.123914, -71.363950

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoe rentals are available at both Beaver and Catamount Ponds, while rowboat rentals are also available at Beaver Pond.

  • Bicycling

    One Mile Trail: This is a relatively easy trail that leads to Bear Brook Trail and Catamount Trail and is the main artery for the more popular and more challenging trails. Formerly a fire road, it is often used by mountain bikers, hikers and equestrian riders. You will encounter many different tree species and possibly some wildlife.

  • Camping

    Sites accommodate a maximum of 6 people, combination of adults and children with no more than 4 adults per site. NO hook up sites at this campground. Payment at time of reservation covers 2 adults and up to 4 children. Additional adults and children pay at check in.

  • Fishing

    Fly-fishing enthusiasts will be pleased to know Archery Pond welcomes their specialty and is universally accessible. Across the road from Archery Pond is a special little pond just for children under twelve to fish.

  • Hiking

    With over 40 miles of trails leading to seldom visited marshes, bogs, summits, and ponds, there are trails to suit every skill level.

    One Mile Trail: This is a relatively easy trail that leads to Bear Brook Trail and Catamount Trail and is the main artery for the more popular and more challenging trails. Formerly a fire road, it is often used by mountain bikers, hikers and equestrian riders. You will encounter many different tree species and possibly some wildlife.

    Bear Brook Trail: This is a beautiful trail that follows the inspiration for the Park's name, Bear Brook. The trail is well shaded and stays relatively cool even in the heat of the summer. If you enjoy the sounds of running water and the occasional brook trout, this is an excellent trail. Difficulty: moderate

    Catamount Trail: Catamount provides access to one of the best open lookouts in the entire park. This vista is just before the actual peak. Catamount is a fairly steep trail and can be quite rocky at times. The peak is an open outcrop of granite but is not above tree line. Difficulty: difficult

  • Horseback Riding

    One Mile Trail: This is a relatively easy trail that leads to Bear Brook Trail and Catamount Trail and is the main artery for the more popular and more challenging trails. Formerly a fire road, it is often used by mountain bikers, hikers and equestrian riders. You will encounter many different tree species and possibly some wildlife.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic pavilions that can be reserved that is great for weddings, corporate events, family reunions, or any get-together.

  • Water Sports

    There is swimming available in the lake and a beach to enjoy the water from.

  • Winter Sports

    Contact the park for winter trail use.

Directions

Driving

From I-93: Exit 9N onto Route 3/28 North and follow signs to Bear Brook State Park.

From I-95: Route 4 West to Route 28 South and follow signs to Bear Brook State Park.

Concord, NH (25 minutes) Boston, MA (1 hour, 30 minutes) Providence, RI (2 hours, 30 minutes) Hartford, CT (3 hours) New York, NY (5 hours) Portland, ME (2 hours 20 minutes) Burlington, VT (3 hours) Montreal, Canada (5 hours, 30 minutes)

Phone Numbers

Primary

(603) 485-9869

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