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Description - Located just two miles from the shopping mecca of North Conway, Echo Lake is a great place to take the family for a swim and picnic. A scenic trail around the lake provides great views of sheer, 700-foot Cathedral Ledge which towers over the lake. A mile-long auto road and hiking trails lead to the top of Cathedral Ledge where views across the Saco River Valley to the White Mountains can be enjoyed. Both Cathedral and nearby White Horse ledges are popular rock and ice climbing walls. Echo Lake State Park is open weekends and holidays only from late May; and daily from mid-June through Labor Day.

Attractions - Echo Lake State Park is located just two miles from the busy North Conway area. A scenic trail around the lake provides great views of sheer, 700-foot Cathedral Ledge which towers over the lake. A mile-long auto road and hiking trails lead to the top of Cathedral Ledge where views across the Saco River Valley to the White Mountains can be enjoyed.

Recreation - Swimming, hiking, picnicking and sunbathing are enjoyed at this 118-acre summer park. There is also a scenic drive leading to the top of Cathedral Ledge. From this point, sights from Saco River Valley to White Mountains can be enjoyed. Both Cathedral and nearby White Horse ledges are popular rock and ice climbing walls.

Echo Lake State Park is open weekends and holidays only from late May; and daily from mid-June through 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.

Location - From North Conway travel west on River Road for approximately 1 mile.


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Echo Lake State Park, c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd , Concord, NH, 03302, Phone: 603-271-3556, Fax: 603-271-2629

Additional Information:
New Hampshire Lakes - Each region of New Hampshire offers abundant opportunity for water sports. Saltwater, coldwater and warm water fishing opportunities abound. Paddlesports is a growth industry offering kayakers, canoeists and rafters hundreds of miles of recreational streams and rivers especially along the Merrimack River. Windsurfing and motorboating continue to hold the interest of the outdoor enthusiast in lakes such as Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches. There is one National Park facility, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and one National Forest, White Mountains.
White Mountains Travel Region - The White Mountains Travel Region lies in the mid section of New Hampshire offering spectacular scenery of White Mountains National Forest. State Parks abound with the most well known being Franconia Notch offering sights of New Hampshire's symbol "the Old Man of the Mountain."

Links:
New Hampshire State Parks - Official New Hampshire State Parks Website

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