Visiting NH State Parks in Winter
Winter offers a unique opportunity for memorable outdoor adventures and New Hampshire State Parks have plenty of ways for visitors to stay active and enjoy the breathtaking scenery during the cold months. Our park properties are always open for recreation unless otherwise posted so you can continue to enjoy your favorite recreational activites on public lands all winter long. Whether you're snowmobiling, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, ice fishing or camping there are so many ways to experience winter in NH State Parks. Use the resources below to help plan your next winter outing.
Winter Use Considerations:
- Other than those listed below, most parks are not staffed and comfort stations are not available.
- Parking lots may not be plowed and gates may be closed during the winter months.
- Where gates are closed and parking lots not open - park in a manner that allows access by others and please do not block gates.
- Reservations are not needed at most parks and day-use fees are not collected. (*except Monadnock State Park and the Ski Areas)
- All parks are carry-in/carry-out.
- The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.
- Visit HikeSafe.com for more tips on how to prepare.
Hiking and Snowshoeing
Additional Resources: Stay Safe on the Ice (Fish and Game webpage)
Our Bureau of Trails sends out updates on current snowmobile trail conditions every Thursday. You can subscribe to our trail report e-mail list on our Trail Conditions webpage. Riders should also check local club websites for area information.
SNOWMOBILE TRAIL CONDITIONS
New Hampshire has a long history of mushing, dating back to the early 1900s. In modern times mushing has become both a recreational and competitive pursuit, but back then sled dogs were used primarily for transportation purposes.
Today, you can see dog teams and mushers out on multi-use trails training for a race, or just out enjoying the scenery and doing what they love. If you encounter a musher and team of dogs on the trail, please give them plenty of space and approach the team only if the musher says it's okay to do so.
Not all trails and areas are open and suitable for snowmushing, and many parking areas may not accommodate large trailers. Please check with the NH State Parks or The NH Mushers Association
To ensure a pleasurable and safe visit for both snow mushers and park visitors, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Division of Parks and Recreation's Rules and Trail Etiquette.
Please check the NH State Park and Rail Trail pages for the snowmushers symbol and for parking areas.
New England Sled Dog Club
Contact the NH Mushers Association
Dog Sledding History & Dog Sled Making