What to do in Odiorne State Park

Odiorne Point is the largest undeveloped stretch of shore on New Hampshire's eighteen mile coast offering 331.5 acres for picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, nature walk and cross-country skiing. An extensive array of habitats may be viewed and studied year-round.

Odiorne State Park offers an extensive array of habitats. On the south end of the park, sheltered tide pools of the Sunken Forest give way to an exposed rocky shore. Just north, the shore evolves into a pebble beach which shelters a fresh water marsh. Along the way to Frost Point where a jetty extends into Little Harbor, lies a small sand dune environment. At the end of Little Harbor, Seavey Creek feeds the neighboring salt marsh. Extensive inland disturbances during World War II induced the growth of dense forests in various stages of succession. Large stone walls bound open fields. Fresh water systems are represented within the park by a man-made pond and marsh. Remnants of formal gardens and wildflowers grow side by side. The man-made military bunkers lie hidden under mounds of earth.

Recreation
Odiorne State Park encompasses 331.5 acres along the Atlantic Coast housing an interesting display of varied habitats. The park offers picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, a nature walk, environmental education programs and cross-country skiing. The park is open year-round; facilities may be limited during the colder months. A small day-use fee is charged. Children 12 and under are free. There is also an adjacent Seacoast Science Center which is open year-round. The park does charge a fee for boat launching.

Location
Odiorne State Park is located southeast of Portsmouth in Rye off SR 1A. The park is located on the coast.

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.

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

Phone: 603-436-7406

Fax: 603-271-2629

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