Wentworth State Park and the neighboring Lake Wentworth in New Hampshire were named after Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, who built a home on the lake in the mid-1700s. He went on to become the area’s colonial governor and a prominent community leader. Wentworth developed a reputation for being a peacemaker, and though he was a sympathizer, he managed to keep the worst of the Revolutionary War from spilling over into New Hampshire borders. Although he eventually had to flee, while he was the governor, he created several roads in New Hampshire that are still used today, organized the local militia, and implemented a judicial system that benefited remote communities.
The closest town is Wolfeboro, which was a popular vacation spot for Boston residents in the late 1700s. As a result, its motto is “the oldest summer resort in America.” Even in modern times, several prominent people have vacationed in this town. A shortlist includes Kurt Vonnegut, Princess Grace, and Drew Barrymore. Wolfeboro is about five miles southwest of Wentworth State Park.
At only 50 acres, Wentworth State Park’s main purpose is to provide people with public access to Lake Wentworth. The state park has a small swim beach and a boat launch that allows people access to the water. Lake Wentworth has a surface area of over 3,000 acres. The irregular coastline gives fishermen and boaters several spots in which they can retreat to get some quiet for fishing, sunbathing, and swimming. There are a few islands on the lake upon which people can explore - and a couple has ruins of abandoned homes, too. Lake Wentworth is a warm-water fishery, and anglers can expect to catch smallmouth and largemouth bass, rainbow trout, chain pickerel, white perch, and horned pout.
Nearby state parks and state forests offer a wide variety of land-bound recreational fun. Pine River State Forest sprawls over 3,100 acres. Several miles of hiking trails wind and weave through old-growth pine and oak forests, crossing creeks and streams and traversing wetlands. Ringed by low, ancient mountains, Pine River State Forest is especially popular for cross-country skiing in winters because the terrain is relatively flat yet scenic. White-tailed deer are frequently sighted, easily identified by the flash of a white tail as they bolt through the woods. Moose and elk are less common because they prefer to roam farther north, but it’s not unusual to spot one meandering through the woods on occasion. On a quiet morning, listen for the soft hoots. Owls are known to nest in this region, drawn by the abundant rabbit and rodent population.
Camping at Wentworth State Park
Although there is no RV camping at Wentworth State Park, there are several options within 15 miles radius. Rent an Airstream instead of staying at a hotel and wake up surrounded by nature. Merry birdsongs act as an alarm clock in the mornings. The croaks of bullfrogs signal the coming of the night. Near Ossipee, is Beaver Hollow Campground, which is a family-friendly campground with several amenities and unusual features like a saltwater pool with a water slide. The campground also offers hot showers, laundry, and a security gate.
Alternatively, consider RV camping at Lake Ivanhoe. Lake Ivanhoe RV campground in East Wakefield, NH, is set in deep woods. Guests can choose from no hookups to full hookups, and they also have access to laundry, hot showers, and a dump station. There is an on-site propane filling station, too.
Exploring the Area
The small towns of New Hampshire are full of charm, history, and quirky attractions, and discovering them is a snap when you rent a motorhome. In Moultonborough, is a mansion called the Castle in the Clouds. The gothic-revival home was built on the top of a mountain peak in the early 1900s, and the mansion is open to tours. Discover how people lived, the type of clothes they wore, and how the home was illuminated in a time before electricity was common. Castle in the Clouds also has an on-site restaurant and gift shop that may have the perfect souvenir for this RV camping trip.
Many small towns operate a museum or historical society to honor their heritage and culture, and Wolfeboro is no exception. In addition to its historical society, the Wright Museum of World War II honors the local WWII vets as well as the communities’ contributions to the war effort. In addition to photographs, documents, and interpretative displays, the museum also has tanks and jeeps that were used during WWII on display.
At the end of a long day of adventuring and exploring, build a crackling campfire outside a travel trailer rental and roast s’ mores.