The New Hampshire State Parks Are A Wonderful Mix Of Mountains, Forests, Lakes And Beach
There are forty State Parks in New Hampshire and they are managed by the N.H. Division of Parks and Recreation. They also have control over twelve Historic Sites, three state beaches and a number of Natural Areas and Wayside Parks.
New Hampshire is a fairly small state, ranking 46th in size. It is situated in the north east corner of the United States and its northern border is with Canada.
It does have a shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean but, at only 18 miles long, it is the shortest of any of the coastal states of America.
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Mount Washington. The Highest Mountain in New Hampshire
It was named after the county of Hampshire in southern England and was one of the original thirteen states that began the United States. It was also the first to have its own state constitution.
Much of New Hampshire is covered with the most amazing forests, mainly of northern hardwood trees but there are also conifers. Many visitors arrive during the Fall months just to admire the changing color of the leaves.
The state`s main recreational activities tend to center around winter sports and mountaineering and hiking. Indeed the state owns and runs a wonderful ski resort at Cannon Mountain.
As well as the forests, New Hampshire is a place of mountains. Mount Washington is the highest point in the state at 6,288 feet, it is located in the White Mountains in the central northern part of New Hampshire.
It is in these mountains that some wonderful New Hampshire State Parks are to be found. One such is Franconia Notch State Park.
This is where a famous New Hampshire feature once stood. It was the rock profile called The Old Man Of The Mountain.
It became so well loved that it was adopted as the State`s symbol and appeared on stamps and coins.
Another famous example of the New Hampshire State Parks is Monadnock State Park.
The Famous Rock Profile Known As "The Old Man Of The Mountain"
Mount Monadnock has given its name to a certain type of mountain. This is one that rises in isolation from the low lying plain that surrounds it. Now all such isolated mountains are known as -a Monadnock.
A Perfect Reflection at Echo Lake State Park
This beautiful state also has many lakes and small rivers and some of the finest of the New Hampshire State Parks are are base around llakes. Examples of these are Echo Lake State Park and Umbagog Lake State Park.
The largest of the New Hampshire State Parks is Bear Brook State Park, it has over 10,000 acres of land with many miles of trails through wonderful forests which are used by hikers, bikers and horse riders.
Although the shore of the state may only be eightenn miles long the residents of this state enjoy going to the coast as much as anyone else and one of the busiest New Hampshire State Parks is the incredibly popular Hampton Beach State Park.
All in all, for such a relatively small state, the state parks in New Hampshire are a superb mix of mountains, beaches, lakes and forests.
This map of New Hampshire shows just how many rivers there are in this beautiful state.