Mount Sunapee State Park, New Hampshire

Mount-Sunapee-LakeOne of the main recreation areas in New Hampshire, United States is Mount Sunapee State Park. Specifically located within the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region, the state park has been a favored destination for those seeking for some fun and recreation.

Offering various activities for the different seasons of the year, Mount Sunapee State Park provides fun and excitement all year round. During winter, people head out to the Mt. Sunapee Resort, which is owned by the state and operated by the Okemo Mountain Resort, to get a premier alpine skiing experience. The Mt. Sunapee State Park breathes in new life when spring begins. At that time, it is safer to explore the wide range of marked hiking trails.

The resort offers its guests a number of thrilling outdoor activities such as off-road Segway excursions and a Canopy Zip-Line Tour. This particular tour allows you to go through zip lines, rappelling and rope bridges while descending from the top of South Peak. For golf enthusiasts, the resort also has an 18-hole championship disc golf course. This unique course winds downs from the top of the South peak, goes into the woods, and out to follow the Province Trail. In addition, there is also an 18-hole miniature golf course called Wild Goose Waters, specially situated at the base of South Peakís Adventure Park.

Mount Sunapee Lake, which covers about 4,085 acres, is the crown jewel of the state park. Located at the beach section of the park, the lake is the perfect spot for fishing, boating, family outings and group picnics. It is also possible to overnight at the beach area to get closer to beautiful natural environment. There is a designated campground about a mile from the main beach.

Mount-SunapeeMount Sunapee State Park usually opens its doors to the public from May until October. Its operating hours are from Monday to Sunday. However, there are times that the management changes the schedule without prior notice. During off-season, the park does not staff and will not provide certain services. Before your visit, it is highly advisable to call the park to confirm its opening times. If you wish to visit Mount Sunapee during off season, make sure to bring the right equipment and adequate supplies. You will also need sufficient skills and knowledge to explore the park independently. There is a small admission fee to be paid to access the park and season passes are also offered.

The park’s camping area, which has five renovated lean-to sites, provides basic amenities such as clean water, fire rings, picnic tables, and pit toilets, but has no electricity. The park is also close to parking, ATM machines, convenience stores, a dump station and restaurants. If you walk one mile from the campground, you will come across the Mt. Sunapee State Beach. Here, you can spend the entire day swimming and sunbathing. The beach is equipped with good facilities like showers, flush toilets, a store, playground and a bathhouse. Other than swimming, you can also rent a canoe or kayak to explore waters further.

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Arie Boris has extensive travel industry experience, including business and sales development for commercial aviation, the International emergency assistance & travel insurance industry and a national association of travel agents. He was a contributing editor to several print and Internet travel publications, including Fieldings’ Worldwide Cruise Guide and was part of the start up team for CruiseCritic. He has written over 400 cruise ship reviews. Arie also produces and hosts Cruise Gourmet Voyages, a variety of fundraising & theme group cruises for various charitable and arts organizations. He has produced theme cruises for a variety of special interest groups including opera, comedy, spiritual retreats and fan clubs for TV shows like Dark Shadows and Dancing with the Stars!