nature trips

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dogs on leash

Bear Brook State Park, with over 10,000 acres, is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire. Located in the southeast region of the state, there is plenty to do and see for everyone. Forty miles of trails through the heavily forested park lead to seldom visited marshes, bogs, summits, and ponds. The park offers a day-use area, group areas, and a 101-site campground. Bear Brook State Park Campground Information. If archery is your sport, Bear Brook State Park boasts two archery ranges - one 15-target range maintained by the N.H. Fish and Game Department, plus an additional four-target practice range that is universally accessible. (Bring your own archery equipment.) A Museum Complex within the park which is home to New Hampshire Antique Snowmobile Museum, Old Allenstown Meeting House, and the Richard Diehl Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum. Most of the museums are housed in historic CCC buildings. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bear Brook Camp is one of the most complete camps remaining intact and in use in the country. The museums are open at various times throughout the summer.

This is a State Park which caters to many activities and that is good, certainly. On the other hand, if you are hiking and look for some solitude there are better options, eg Pawtuckaway SP not far away. Too many mountain bikers on the trails.
No complaint, mountain bikers need to be able to do their sports as well and I support this, as I am cycling too (road) but for hiking folks there are better places....
Just my 5 cents worth.

14 days ago

Good trail, good time of year for it. Took the doggo. You pay for parking at the park entry station right at the trailhead, like $4-8, they might have you park across the street from the trailhead and walk over. We got to the peak of the hill in no time, so we explored the surrounding trails. It was calm, but a bit lackluster.

2 months ago

I went last week and it was great! nice little view!

I went last week. Usually I enjoy this trail because it’s easy and beautiful and lightly hiked. Last week, I pulled about 20 ticks off my dogs after the hike. It’s the only place in New Hampshire I’ve been that is absolutely loaded with tIcks.

4 months ago

Nice hike, didn't take too long, but the trail isn't just poorly marked -- for the most part it isn't marked at all. Very frustrating at the start. We didn't encounter another hiker, just a biker at the start and a walker with his dogs at the end.

4 months ago

Great hike, trails were slightly hard to keep track of. Beware if you have a dog, I pulled 7 ticks off of mine.

on Catamount Trail

4 months ago

Nice trail, however not marked very well. We saw several lady slippers along our way. The trail ( 1 mile trail) leading to the main trail had several bikers but once on the main trail (Catamount trail), there was no one but us hiking. I rated this trail a 4 star due to poor signage.

Well maintained and well marked trails. This trail is predominantly wooded with few elevation changes. I hiked in June and encountered a lot of mosquitoes, and my dog got covered in ticks.

Nice easy trail. No views but a nice walk in the woods feel. Saw some bear droppings half way through, but saw no bear. Took our 7 year old and had no problem at any point on the trail.

A perfect combo of all great things in nature- steep areas, foresty areas, babbling brooks, and a waterfall. Gorgeous day! Numerous trails can be a bit confusing, but signage is pretty good. I hopped on the Cascade Trail after Little Bear- great choice.

5 months ago

Great trail! Took my dog, she had a great time and we got some good exercise! Be cautious of a few downed trees in certain parts of the trail.

5 months ago

Nice easy hike a few miles from home

5 months ago

Beautiful spring day. A bit muddy in places but I'll take that over work any day!

6 months ago

10 months ago

A good trail, the dogs love it!

Beautiful trail along the water. Really not exciting when you get to one mile trail. Would do again nevertheless.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

I walked this counter clockwise in direction and it’ seems to be the best way — lots of stone steps and just long enough and interesting- for a dog walk. I have mountain bikes this and they have made recent improvements to make it more mountain bike friendly. Under used more than likely won’t see a soul

Monday, September 25, 2017

a little confusing, but absolutely beautiful

Saturday, September 16, 2017

trail running
Friday, August 11, 2017

I had an hour to kill while out of town and this was perfect! Took about twice as long to get to the top as it did to come down, but the views were worth it. Well marked, fairly technical, and is mostly rock towards the top. Wish I had time to go longer- worth the $4. Heads up, they only take credit cards in the booth near catamount. The main entrance is cash only.

Cut our loop short because of the threat of thunderstorms but still a nice trail loop we made. Pretty easy with 3 kids and only slight inclines. Would be great for mountain bikes!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Very short but a good climb and lots of fun. There is not much of a view due to trees blocking the vista but it was a great hike. The trail is not marked with blazes, but occasionally there are white markers that say catamount. There are many little trails that run off the trail that are obvious in the summer, which are possibly mountain bike trails

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The way we went, which was the most clear path (up Catamount, down Catamount shortcut, didn't bother doing the extension at the top) was only about 2 miles. Makes it an easy to intermediate hike. Yes the whole way up is an incline, but it's not too steep. Catamount shortcut is a shorter way up, but much steeper!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Great, quick hike with gorgeous views

Monday, October 17, 2016

Absolutely gorgeous. The trail was well marked and very quiet for it being a 70 degree afternoon in October. Totally worth the 4 dollars per person park fee.

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New to mountain biking. Friend took me here. Some sections were pretty technical, looking at the loop we did, most was on the black difficult trails. For the most part though, it was a blast! Had a lot of fun and was beat the reat of the weekend, but it was a good kick into the world of trail riding

Awesome. Well maintained trails for hiking lil advance for biking but if you k ow how to bike lime that its perfect

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Nice walk

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