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The state of New Hampshire began buying land in the southeastern corner of the state in the early 1900s with the intent of preserving the region. The park remained undeveloped until the early 1930s when President Roosevelt began the now-famous New Deal program, in which unemployed young adults were put to work across the country. Called Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a cadre of New Hampshire residents built several outbuildings and structures in what would later become Bear Brook State Park and blazed several miles of trails.
Today, Bear Brook State Park is also the site of three museums: the Richard Diehl Civilian Corps Museums, which details some of the work they did in the state as well as displays photographs of the organization, Old Allenstown Meeting Houses, which was constructed in the early 1800s, and New Hampshire Antique Snowmobile Museum, which has on display several snowmobiles and snow machines.
Allenstown, NH, is the closest town to the main entrance of Bear Brook State Park. About 1.5 miles away, the town has a gas station with a convenience store and a couple of stores at which hikers and outdoor adventurers can pick up snacks and basic supplies. For more variety in retail shopping as well as access to a hospital with emergency health services, the closest option is Concord. Concord is the capital of New Hampshire, and the small city is known for its bustling art and culture scene. Start planning your RV camping adventure today and search for an RV in Merrimack County.
Covering over 10,000 acres, Bear Brook State Park is the largest developed park in New Hampshire. The possibilities for the perfect RV camping and outdoor adventures are endless. Hike, bike, horseback ride, swim, and fish. There are even two archery ranges for an aspiring Robin Hood to test their mettle, too. Over 40 miles of multi-use trails wind and weave through idyllic old-growth forests, over tiny babbling streams, through murky bogs, and past fresh, bright meadows. It’s easy to imagine Bambi and Thumper frolicking in these woods.
Join a handful of fishermen clad in waders and thick sweaters on a quiet misty morning at one of the creeks or the Archery pond for an hour or two of fly fishing. Experienced fishermen report that trout fishing is excellent for most of the year in Bear Brook State Park.
In autumn, the tall oak, maple, and aspen trees transform from lush green to a blaze of orange, red, and gold for a few weeks before finally submitting to the cold temperature. Shortly after the leaves fall onto the forest floor, snow descends upon New Hampshire. Most years, snow is deep and soft, turning the woods into a magical wonderland. The fun doesn’t stop in spite of the bitter cold. Adventurers set out into the woods on cross-country skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles. The trails are not groomed, which may prove challenging for the inexperienced adventurers.
Eschew enduring noisy ice machines and neighbors at hotels by renting an Airstream. Listen to the sound of the pitter-patter of raindrops on the rooftop of your temporary home, birdsong in the trees, and the soft hoots of owls as they set out to hunt at dusk. Beaver Pond RV campground, which is found in Bear Brook State Park, has over 100 sites for adventurers to choose from. Though the sites are primitive, there are restrooms with coin-operated showers and a camp store stocked with a few RV supplies and snacks, and a dump station. On the shore of a small pond, the swim beach is within walking distance of most sites. Though pets are not allowed on the beach, they are permitted nearly everywhere in the campground and in the park itself.
If space should run out, which does occur occasionally, there are several other campgrounds in the area. RV camp in Epsom, at Circle 9 Campground, which boasts several amenities like pull-through and back-in sites, 30 or 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups, planned activities, and fire rings at each site. Circle 9 Campground also has a gated security system, a swimming pool and a catch-and-release fishing pond, and quiet hours.
Whether your tastes lean toward history, culture, or art, New Hampshire has it all. Rent a motorhome, hit the road, and explore the local sights and attractions. The Zimmerman House, which was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is found in Manchester. The sprawling mid-century ranch home was designed and built in the 1950s and is the only home open to the public in New England. Heads-up: only guided tours are available on Thursdays through Mondays.
The Little Red Schoolhouse in Raymond is a charming restoration of the original schoolhouse that was built in the early 1800s. During the summer months, it houses a seafood restaurant that imports fresh food from the closest seaport daily. During the offseason, the interior is off-limits, but visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds and peek into the windows to see some of the original furnishings, including the blackboard and desks.
The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire in Londonderry, NH, houses one of the largest aviation collections in the state. In addition to antique airplanes, many of which are in good working order, there are various memorabilia, documents, maps, photographs, and artifacts on display for visitors to browse.
At the end of a long day of adventuring, relax in the shade of a rental camper and roast s’mores over a crackling campfire. Enjoy your perfect RV camping adventure in New Hampshire with family and friends, as you hang out at Bear Brook State Park.