Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is the stunning Jericho Mountain State Park, one of the best places to see the incredible landscape of the state. It is a relatively new park, only created in 2005, yet still offers visitors so much, with hiking, wildlife viewing, trail riding, and snowmobiling are all popular activities. The park's namesake, Jericho Mountain, is located just to the east, standing tall at 2454 feet.
A true gem in the park is the beautiful Jericho Lake, which just adds to the number of recreational activities available, plus visitors are treated to a number of scenic outlooks throughout the area. The state park is located just a few miles northwest of downtown Berlin, making it easily accessible as a day trip or longer camping adventure for those that rent an RV in Coos County. Other nearby towns include Jefferson, Errol, and Carroll.
One of the main reasons that folks go camping at Jericho Mountain State Park is for its ATV opportunities. Overall there are around 60 miles of trails to explore. It is an extremely popular place to ride, especially as it is the only major state-owned ATV riding area in the state. Every year the ATV club hosts the Jericho ATV Festival at the park during the summer months, which brings visitors from miles around to camp in an RV near Berlin.
Jericho Lake, located in the park, offers countless recreational activities. Kayaking and canoeing are the main forms of transport here, as motorized boating is not allowed, and visitors are free to paddle around at their leisure. In the summer months, this is particularly pleasant, and there are some great views of the surrounding mountains and park. You can either opt to bring your own boat with your RV rental or alternatively, if you don't own your own boat, rentals are available from around the shore.
ATV is far from the only way to explore Jericho Mountain State Park. Once you have had enough exercise, cool off in the lake at the dedicated swimming beach or enjoy a picnic lunch with friends and family.
Camping at Jericho Mountain State Park
There is a small state park RV campground located on the park grounds, which has 20 campsites, including nine that are suitable for RVs. The site is serviced by modern restrooms, shower, and laundry facilities. As there are only a few campsites available, they can get booked up pretty far in advance. Most of the sites are back in, but there are two pull-thru that are accessible for big rigs. There are limited facilities when you go camping with an RV here, including no drinking water or hookups.
For those looking for a more serviced rental RV campground, you could opt for the nearby campground of Sunshine Valley RV Park. This quiet RV park got its name from a large amount of sunshine that it receives throughout the day, and with no light pollution at night, the view of the stars is incredible. There are 28 large pull-thru sites on offer, but the campground is continuously growing. Sites come with picnic tables and fire pits, making it a great place to reconnect with nature and spend the night camping with an RV.
Exploring the Area
Get your adrenaline pumping and take flight over Bretton Woods as part of a canopy tour adventure. You'll be able to explore the network of platforms located high up the canopy of hemlock trees, all of which are connected by nine zip lines, three rappels, and three sky bridges. The excursion lasts for around three hours and gives you a unique perspective of the White Mountains and Mount Washington. The longest of the ziplines is around 830 ft long and is around 165 ft off the floor, so you'll certainly get that adrenaline rush.
Another unique attraction in the area is the Mount Washington Cog Railway. You'll be taken on a three-hour narrated train ride to the summit of the mountain, with plenty of time to explore when you are at the top. At the summit, you can learn more about the area at the Sherman Adams Visitors Centre, plus you'll have incredible 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside, including five states and even as far as Canada. The climb itself is just the start of the adventure.
For some family fun, head to the Kahuna Laguna Outdoor Water Park. Pools, waves, slides, tubes, fountains, tree houses, and more. There is so much to do for the whole family, and the fact that it is indoors means the fun doesn't even stop when the weather is cold and rainy. Smaller children will enjoy the Bamboo Bay Adventure Center, which is great for interactive play. Adults can relax in the hot tub, which is one of the state's largest.