Description - Bear Brook State Park offers camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, picnicking, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. In addition, there is a 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.
- 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.
Recreation - Hiking, mountain biking, swimming and fishing are a few of the favorite pastimes enjoyed at Bear Brook. 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 specialty 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 the only two archery ranges in the state. Two fifteen-target ranges are maintained by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, plus an additional four-target range that is universally accessible. Worried about no workouts or aerobics while on vacation? You can stay in shape by using the park's 1 1/4 mile, twenty-station fitness course that is fun for the whole family. In addition, Bear Hill 4-H camp is located within the park. A charge for admission is collected at the toll booth near Catamount Pond.
Day Use Fees: $2.50, children 12 & under free
Day Use Schedule: Weekends: Mid-May Mid-June, Daily: Mid-June - Labor Day
Climate - Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.
The park is located off Rt. 28 near Allenstown, New Hampshire.
Mid-May through Mid-October.