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As the oldest state-run state park in New Hampshire, Miller State Park has a lot to offer those that decide to rent an RV in Hillsborough County. The whole park is centered on Pack Monadnock, a 2,290-foot mountain, and for many, the draw to the park and for people to search for an RV here is simply reaching the summit.
Miller State Park covers 533 acres and was first established in 1891. The name 'Pack' comes from the Indian word meaning 'little,' and is used in comparison to Mount Monadnock nearby. The park itself is named after James Miller, a brigadier in the army who became the first Governor of Arkansas Territory. Although hiking and climbing are the main activities here, there is plenty to do and see in the surrounding areas, with various other scenic landscapes go explore and towns such as Manchester Nashua, and Concord.
Hiking in Miller State Park is stunning no matter the time of year pick to go state park RV camping. There are very few other places in New Hampshire where you're able to get such incredible views with relatively little effort. From the parking lot, the climb up to the summit is only 1.5 miles and climbs 900 feet, with plenty of wooded diversity to make it an interesting walk. Hikers are welcome all year round, and in order to reach the summit, there is a range of other trails to choose from. For those that are up for a challenge, there are three trails that will take you all the way from the base to the summit.
Once you have done your climb, whether you have opted for the easier or, the harder option, there is no doubt that you'll be astounded by the view, which on a clear day reaches all the way to Boston. Pack a picnic with you, which is easier if you park in the parking lot, and enjoy a day out on the slopes of a mountain, admiring the views and enjoying a picnic lunch. There is a scattering of picnic tables around the site, so grab a free one and enjoy the panorama before heading back to your RV rental.
For those that are not up for the long hike from the base to summit, the scenics drive to the Route 101 parking area is a thrill in itself. The roads are very narrow and twisting as it takes you higher and higher, with some great opportunities to admire the flora and fauna and the views along the way. When at the summit, be sure to pay a visit to the renovated fire tower, which is manned seasonally.
There are many RV campgrounds within close proximity to Miller State Park, which will make visiting easy. One nearby is Woodmore Family Campground and RV Park. Serving the Monadnock region, this family-owned campground sits on 23 acres of land on the edge of Lake Contoocook, making for a very scenic stay. There are 125 campsites which can accommodate tiny tents to large RVs, all of which have a table and fire ring. Without leaving camp, you can get your hands on propane, firewood, and groceries, plus boat rental is available when you go RV camping at Miller State Park.
Another campground for when you rent a camper near Miller State Park is Friendly Beaver Campground. Boasting three outdoor pools, one indoor pool, two playgrounds, a petting farm, a sports complex, and rec halls, you certainly will not run out of things to do. Sites come with a mixture of facilities depending on your needs, from water only sites to those with water, electricity, and cable. There are also toilets and shower facilities, plus an area for laundry.
Pay a visit to the small, nearby town of Harrisville to be surrounded by beautiful New Hampshire charm. The town is centered around a uniquely preserved and Historic 19th century industrial mill complex. This quaint town is a lovely place to explore, especially in the summer months, when the streets are filled with a lovely farmers market selling fresh groceries.
Art enthusiasts should not miss out on a chance to visit the Currier Museum of Art, located in the city of Manchester. It houses an array of American and European Art. As well as many rotating exhibits, there is also a permanent collection, which includes the works of some major artists such as Matisse, Monet, O'Keeffe, and Picasso, to name a few. Throughout the year, the gallery also hosts a number of exciting events, from concerts to tours, so check the calendar of events before visiting.
Sports fans will love the chance to see the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, which opened in 2005. The stadium is home to the New Fisher Cats Minor League Baseball Team, so you may be able to catch a game or two. Baseball is not the only event that is held at the stadium, it also regularly hosts a range of other events. Although not as big or as impressive as some of the major league stadiums around, it is definitely worth a look in if you are in the area.