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About the Park
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.
Camping, hiking, biking, archery, swimming and fishing are a few of the outdoor activities you can do at the park. Forty miles of trails through the heavily forested park, leading to seldom visited marshes, bogs, summits and ponds, offer a variety of options for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
Campers have two options to enjoy this scenic park; the 101 site campground at Beaver Pond and the cabins at Bear Hill Pond. Boat rentals are available at both Beaver and Catamount Ponds.
If archery is your sport, Bear Brook State Park boasts two archery ranges - one 15-target range and a four-target practice range that is universally accessible (bring your own archery equipment).
Bear Brook Trail Map Bear Brook Trail Information
The Museum Complex at Bear Brook State Park 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.
Equestrian users: See our Equestrian Trail Information webpage for more information about which trails/areas are suitable for horseback riding at Bear Brook State Park.
Beaver Pond Campground - 600 Lower Road, Deerfield
Visitors to Beaver Pond Campground will find a camp store, swimming beach, canoe rentals, coin-operated showers, dump station (for campers only), ice, and firewood are available. This is a pet friendly campground.
Bear Hill Pond Cabins - 15 Bear Hill Pond Road, Deerfield
Two sizes of furnished cabins (maximum occupancy of 4 or 6 persons) are available for rent. Dogs are not allowed. There is a drop-off area and the cabins are walk-in. Cabins do not have electricity. Visitors to Bear Hill have easy access to the Hall Mountain trail network, a swimming beach, and non-motorized boating and fishing on Bear Hill Pond.
Smith Pond Shelter
The Smith Pond shelter is an Adirondack-style, lean-to shelter that was built in 1937 by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The shelter sits atop a hill that overlooks Smith Pond.
Renters have access to two wide wooden bunks inside the shelter, a stone cook place, two outhouses, and steps that lead them down to the pond. The shelter is well wooded, and has an amazing view of the pond.
Park Store Hours Peak Season: Friday & Saturday: open 8 am - 10 pm, Sunday - Thursday: open 8 am to 8 pm
- The nightly site fee pays for 2 adults only and up to 4 dependent children under 18.
- 6 people maximum per site of which only 4 can be adults.
- This site is hike-in only, cars are parked at the trail head entering the site.
- This site is off of the main campground road. Facilities for site are outhouses and are located on site with shelter.
- Campers will need to bring their own drinking water and purchase firewood from the park store.
Park Store Hours Primitive Camping Season: Saturday & Sunday: open 8 am - 8 pm, Monday -Friday: open 8 am -10 am & 4 pm - 8 pm
Youth Group Camping
Let NH State Parks set the stage for your group’s next adventure.
Youth Group reservations for Greenfield, Moose Brook, Monadnock HQ, Pawtuckaway and Pillsbury State Parks can be made through ReserveAmerica by calling 1-877-647-2757. All other youth group reservations are made by calling Concord Headquarters at 603-271-3556 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
A $25 deposit will be required upon reservation, all additional fees will be collected at the park upon check-in. All Camping policy rules apply to youth group camping. Youth Groups camping at remote sites, Umbagog, or Dry River must pay in full prior to arrival.
For More information, please visit our School & Youth Group Page..
Are pets allowed at Bear Brook State Park?
Pets must be leashed at all times within the park. Leashed pets are permitted in the campground and on the trails only, not in the beach area. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.
Group Use Reservations
For information on this parks pavilion rental please visit Pavilions & Group Use page.
Youth Group Day Use
Youth and School Groups must call the park directly at least 2 weeks prior to arrival to make reservations before visiting. The Bus Pass Program is available for NH youth organizations that meet the program criteria (for more information and applications, please visit BUS PASS PROGRAM.)
Groups that do not meet the qualification for the Bus Pass Program are eligible to receive a discounted rate. For More information, please visit our School & Youth Group Page.
Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program, you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out whatever you carry in. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
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Access for Persons with Disabilities
Visit our Accessibility page. For more information on specific accessibilty needs or questions, please contact the individual park office directly.
Management Plan Committee
This plan provides a mechanism to manage Bear Brook State Park in a manner that promotes the conservation of native biodiversity; the protection, utilization and development of multiple resource values and user interests; and allows for harmony between potentially conflicting uses. For more info, click here.
Bear Brook Trail Map
Bear Brook Trail Information
Bear Brook Campground Map
NEMBA's Places to Ride at Bear Brook State Park
AMC Outdoors with Kids
Bear Brook Winter Map
Derry Trail Riders
NEMBA Southern Chapter