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National Parks of New Hampshire

There is currently two National Park Service Site in New Hampshire.

Official National Parks of New Hampshire

  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  • Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park
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New Hampshire National Parks

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Depending on where you are from, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail either starts in Mount Katahdin, Maine and ends in Springer Mountain, Georgia, or starts in Springer Mountain, Georgia, and ends in Katahdin, Maine. The Appalachian Trail is 2,181 miles long and passes through 14 states (Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine).

There is 161 miles of trail in the state of New Hampshire.  Almost all is located within the White Mountain National Forest.  The trail climbs to 17 of the 48 mountains over four thousand feet in New Hampshire. The trail is mostly alpine conditions once entering New Hampshire.  The trail is rough.

Every year several thousand people attempt to thru-hike the trail.  Tens of thousands of people will hike sections of the trail each year.  The trail was officially completed in 1937 but the improvement has been ongoing since then.  The trail is maintained by 31 different trail clubs and other partnerships.

Things to do in Appalachian National Scenic Trail: Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Scenic Views

How to get to Appalachian National Scenic Trail: There are multiple access points along the trail. Many of which are driveable.

Where to Stay in Appalachian National Scenic Trail: Along the trail, there are numerous shelters and backcountry campgrounds. Hotels are available in towns along the trail.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Entrance Fee: There is no entrance fee for the Appalachian Trail but the trail passes through numerous state and national parks, forests and public lands which may charge an entrance fee or have overnight permit fees.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Official Website: Click Here

Map of Appalachian National Scenic Trail: Download

Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park

Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park protects the studio, home and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  Augustus Saint-Gaudens was an American Renaissance sculptor.  Saint-Gaudens is best know for the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial in Boston and Generals John A. Logan in Chicago’s Grant Park and William Tecumseh Sherman in New York City’s Central Park.  He designed several US coins.  These included the famed $20 double gold eagle and the $10 Indian Head gold eagle.

Saint-Gaudens purchased this property in 1885 and used it as a summer residence.  From 1900 until his death, Saint-Gaudens lived and worked on the site year-round.

Visitors to Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park take guided tours of the Blow-Me-Down Farm and tours of the house.  Several different types of tours are offered these included house tours, tours about Saint-Gaudens artistic process, Saint-Gaudens works, and women in Saint-Gaudens life.  There are several hiking trails on the site and it isn’t uncommon to see artist working.

Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park was established on May 30, 1977, as National Historic Site.  It was elevated to a Historical Park on March 12, 2019.

Photo Credit – NPS

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robert a fowler

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

Am interested in touring national parks in New England States beginning Sept. 16, 2020 and want to know if RV parking will be available

Jennifer Melroy

Thursday 6th of August 2020

You will need to check out the individual campgrounds and with the parks for RV parking availability.

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