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Discover Rhododendron State Park

Rhododendron State Park is situated in southern New Hampshire near the state’s border with Massachusetts. It spans over 2,723 acres and is named after the 16-acres within it that are filled with various types of rhododendrons.

This state park was founded in the early 1900s as a way to help protect the land from the lumber industry. Rhododendron State Park is located near Fitzwilliam and Winchester and is a quick drive away from Pisgah State Park.

Getting Outdoors

There are quite a few things to do at Rhododendron State Park, with one being hiking. There are numerous pathways winding around the park, including a one-mile trail that circles around the rhododendron fields. Rhododendron State Park also contains part of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail that covers over 114 miles and provides beautiful mountain views.

Visitors here could also try wildlife or landscape photography. The park is packed with various types of wildlife, like beavers, porcupines, foxes, and bobcats. You’ll also find plenty of songbirds, such as warblers and finches, flying around and filling the forest with beautiful melodies. Besides wildlife, the state park is home to stunning landscapes that range from thick forests to mountainous terrains. Photographers can also tour the grounds with their camera to capture the park’s thousands of rhododendrons, wild blueberries, cranberry bushes, and heathers planted throughout it.

Another activity to do at this state park is snowshoeing. During the winter, the park sees an abundant amount of snowfall, making it a good place for this winter sport. While some trails might be blocked due to extreme conditions, most of the park’s pathways are available for exploration and will take you by dazzling winter landscapes.

Camping at Rhododendron State Park

Book an RV in Cheshire County, and you can stay at a few campgrounds located near Rhododendron State Park. A few minutes away from the park is Seven Maples Campground. This travel trailer campground is located on an old farm and has numerous camper sites that come with amenities like laundry room access, restrooms/showers, WiFi, and electric. There are also playgrounds, kayak rentals, and a rec hall packed with various types of games, such as darts and air hockey. This RV campground is open from May to October.

Another option is Woodmore Family Campground & RV Park. Founded in 1965, this motorhome camping spot provides views of Lake Contoocook and has amenities such as WiFi, fire rings, electric, and picnic tables. There is also a camp store and dumping station available. This RV campground offers a variety of discounts throughout the year, including those for senior citizens and military families.

Exploring the Area

When you’re interested in taking some local trips with your RV, you’ll discover a few destinations to venture to. In Peterborough, there’s The MacDowell Colony. Founded by Edward MacDowell in 1907, this colony is filled with contemporary artists who do everything from painting to photography. Visitors can explore the different studios and talk with the artists.

Take a quick hour’s drive to Manchester to explore the Zimmerman House. Built-in 1951, this historic home was built by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is believed to have one of the only Prairie School architectural designs in the country. This structure is made of cypress wood planks and is known for its L-shaped chimney. Tours are provided of the home, but you must reserve a spot ahead of time.

While in Manchester, you could also head over to the Currier Museum of Art. This art museum features both European and American works that range from sculptures to photographs. This museum also has a few artists-in-residence who you can view working in their studios. In addition to this, visitors will find a few guided tours available. The museum also offers a variety of art classes you could attend. When you’re done exploring the museum, museum-goers could head over to its trendy cafe for a bite to eat or shop in its gift store.

In Concord, you’ll find the Canterbury Shaker Village. This historic village is one of the last preserved Shaker communities of the 19th-century in the United States. Visitors can roam around the grounds and visit one of the many restored buildings, like a horse barn, syrup shop, hospital, firehouse, and pump house. You’ll also find quite a few different gardens planted around the land. Along the way, you might see costumed interpreters demonstrating a handful of skills, like quilting, broom making, and rug hooking. After touring the village, stop by a small cafe that sells various types of baked goods. There’s also a museum store that sells quilts, baskets, and specialty food items.

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