Bear Brook State Park Trail

Suncook, New Hampshire

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This is New Hampshire’s largest developed state park and one of the best for snowshoeing. The park encompasses more than 10,000 acres, including marshes, bogs, mountain summits, and ponds, and a spider web of trails, more than 40 miles in all. You’ll find something to suit all ages, abilities, and energy levels. We’ve spent several winter days exploring the trails that criss-cross the forest, fields, and slopes of this southern New Hampshire preserve, and still haven’t seen it all. It’s heartily used in summer; there’s hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, rafting, a twenty-station fitness course, artillery range, and a small museum complex. While Bear Brook State Park slows down when the mercury drops and the snow flies, it still get a fair amount of use from cross-country skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers, and hard-core (read; crazy!) mountain bikers. The park campground closes in mid-October, but if you’d like to spend a few days exploring the park, check out nearby Circle 9 Ranch. The 125-site campground stays open all winter, offering entertainment and heated bathrooms.
Snowshoe Routes: New England

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Snowshoe Routes: New England

by Diane Bair & Pamela Wright (The Mountaineers Books)

This is New Hampshire’s largest developed state park and one of the best for snowshoeing. The park encompasses more than 10,000 acres, including marshes, bogs, mountain summits, and ponds, and a spider web of trails, more than 40 miles in all. You’ll find something to suit all ages, abilities, and energy levels. We’ve spent several winter days exploring the trails that criss-cross the forest, fields, and slopes of this southern New Hampshire preserve, and still haven’t seen it all.

It’s heartily used in summer; there’s hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, rafting, a twenty-station fitness course, artillery range, and a small museum complex. While Bear Brook State Park slows down when the mercury drops and the snow flies, it still get a fair amount of use from cross-country skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers, and hard-core (read; crazy!) mountain bikers. The park campground closes in mid-October, but if you’d like to spend a few days exploring the park, check out nearby Circle 9 Ranch. The 125-site campground stays open all winter, offering entertainment and heated bathrooms.

©  Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Suncook
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Winter
Local Contacts: Bear Brook State Park
Topo Map: Bear Brook State Park Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Snowshoe Routes: New England Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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2/14/2008

Snowshoed last year for first time. Plan to go back. Good day hike with several trails to explore.

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