What to do in Forest Lake State Park

Established as one of the original state parks in 1935, Forest Lake State Park still remains a day-use facility offering swimming and picnicking around the lovely Forest Lake.

Forest Lake State Park is located in the Great North Woods Travel Region and remains a favorite state park facility. Since 1935, visitors have enjoyed swimming and picnicking along the shores of Forest Lake. This mountainous regions is just a few miles east of the beautiful Connecticut River. Hiking and fishing opportunities abound in the region as well as wildlife viewing and winter sports.

Swimming along the 200-foot sandy beach is enjoyed each year between mid-June and Labor Day. A bathhouse is available for changing. Picnic tables and a playground are centrally located. There is a day-use fee of $2.50, children 11 and under are free.

From Whitefield, travel southwest on SR 116 about 1.5 miles and turn right (north) onto Forest Lake Road.

New Hampshire residents experience four distinct seasons. 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.

c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation
P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd
Concord, NH 03302

Phone: 603-837-9150

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