Coleman State Park lies on the shore of Little Diamond Pond in Stewartstown, twelve miles east of Colebrook in New Hampshire's remote north country. The excellent trout fishing in Little Diamond Pond and nearby streams makes Coleman an excellent location for fishing enthusiasts. A boat launch is located within the park; small boats are permitted, but speed is restricted. It is also a good base for fall hunting. Other activities offered at the park include hiking, canoeing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing. The park is the northern terminus of the Androscoggin Trail, a hiking path that extends 55 miles south to Berlin.
Many of Coleman's sites can accommodate most camping equipment including self-contained recreational vehicles with maximum length of 35 feet; hook-ups are not available. Flush toilets, coin-operated showers, along with pit toilets, a playground, and a dump station are available. Organized youth group camping is welcome in the park. Reservations are required.
Acreage: 1,530.5 acres
Waterfront: Little Diamond Pond
Pets: Pets are allowed at the park but must be leashed at all times.
Location: Off Route 26, Little Diamond Pond Rd, Stewartstown
Roads to the park are generally well-maintained. Without any big climbs or narrow switchbacks, you shouldn't have too much difficulty getting to where you want to go. Know that this area does get plenty of snow in the winter, so be prepared for the conditions if you choose to visit at this time of year.
The primitive campground, open mid-May to end-October, offers 24 campsites. Many of the sites can accommodate most camping equipment including self-contained recreational vehicles with a maximum length of 35 feet; hookups are not available. Modern toilets, playground and a dump station are available. Late fall campers should be aware that there is no running water in the campground from mid-October for the remainder of the season. Many sites are kept available for those visitors that prefer camping on a first come - first serve basis.
Some of the sites on the campground are designed with ATV camping in mind. These sites connect directly with the network of ATV trails throughout the park. It's great if you have an ATV, but if you're more interested in getting some peace and quiet, you may want to reserve a site at the other end of the campground from the ATV area.
Fishing may be the activity that Coleman State park is best known for. Little Diamond Pond offers great trout fishing, and the calm waters are a pleasure to sit by or boat on. The boat launch makes it easy to launch your craft, but there is a 10mph speed limit on the lake. It's for the best; the last thing you want to do is scare teh fish away.
The calm waters of Little Diamond Pond make a great place to cool off in the hot summer months. Because boat traffic is tightly controlled, you shouldn't have much trouble finding a place to swim. Be considerate of those trying to fish in the pond. And be aware that there is no lifeguard, so you swim at your own risk.
The calm waters of Little Diamond Pond make a great place for even inexperienced boaters to dip an oar. the boat launch makes getting in and out of the water easier, and it's a great place to launch a kayak or a canoe. And if you didn't bring your own boat, don't worry. the park provides boat rentals during the summer.
When the snow falls, the ATV trails of Coleman Park become a great place to get out on a snowmobile. Trails from Coleman State park connect with over 1000 miles of trails throughout the county, making this a popular location for people looking for some motorized fun.
Coleman State Park boasts an enviable network of ATV trails. And these trails connect to a sprawling network of other trails throughout the county. Best of all, some of the campsites connect directly to the ATV trails, so you can ride out directly from your campsite and explore all that the park has to offer.
The park is most definitely ATV friendly, but be respectful of other campers by observing quiet hours at night.
With its miles of scenic trails, Coleman State Park offers a great place to go for a bike ride. The terrain is mostly flat, and the trails wind through the trees, giving enchanting views of the park's wild side. Watch out for ATVs on the trails.