What to do in Kingston State Park

Kingston State Park is located a mere fourteen miles from the Atlantic Coast along the shores of Great Pond, the state's southernmost freshwater pond. This pond was formed as a kettle hole created as a result of the glacial melt.

Amenities at the park are few but nearby public lands offer extended outdoor recreation opportunities. This park is open each year from mid-May through Labor Day.

Visitors to Kingston State Park will find several amenities and recreations including fishing, swimming, a bathhouse, picnicking, a small playground and playfield. Entrance fee is $2.50, children 11 and under are free. The Great Pond does have a small boat launch located along the southern shore off Route 111. Adjacent to the park is a well-known fishing destination, Powwow Pond. This 247-acre warmwater fishery supports largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and pickerel. In less than a mile, is the Bakie Conservation Easement. This wildlife management area is open to the public for hunting and other outdoor recreational activities. Bakie is a 184-acre parcel supporting both large and small game. Hunters harvest black bear, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, gray squirrel, hare, rabbit, partridge, wild ducks, woodcock, beaver, bobcat, coyote, fox, mink, muskrat, otter, raccoon and skunk.

Kingston State Park is located off SR 125 just south of Kingston.

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: 603-642-5471

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