Description - The White Mountain region is known for its spectacular scenery and leisurely parks. White Lake is a day-use and overnight facility. The beautiful 140-acre glacial White Lake draws many visitors to the area for camping, hiking, picnicking, viewing wildlife and scenery, fishing and more.
- Some of the best swimming in the White Mountain region can be found in 140-acre White Lake State Park in Tamworth. The park lies along the shore of White Lake, which is an example of a typical glacial lake. During the Ice Age glacial ice was buried beneath glacial till or debris. When the ice melted, a depression was created which gradually filled with water. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a leisurely walk around the lake on a well-maintained foot path while looking for loons or signs of beaver activity, or to try their hand trout fishing.
Easily reached by another walking trail is a National Natural Landmark, a 72-acre stand of pitch pines. Early settlers in New Hampshire may have used this durable, water repellent and decay resistant wood for fence posts and mill wheels. Its commercial use today is limited. The mature pitch pine stand contains trees which are unusually tall for this species, with some trunks exceeding two feet in diameter. National Landmark properties are selected to protect and illustrate the nation's diversified natural resources. One portion of the pitch pine trail traverses the town of Tamworth's Black Spruce Pond Preserve.
Recreation - White Lake State Park offers 577 acres of outdoor recreation for those who enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking. There is a camp store, bathhouse and picnic shelters. The day-use fee is $2.50, children 11 and under are free. The camping fees range from $16 to $22 per site. The park is open from mid-May to mid-October. Some facilities vary early in the season and again toward the end of the season.
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.
White Lake State Park is located between the towns of Tamworth and West Ossipee off Sr. 16.