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Bear Brook State Park, Allenstown

4.2
#61 of 112 in Nature in New Hampshire
Must see · State Park · Hidden Gem · Park
Bear Brook State Park is a 10,000-acre (4,000 ha) preserve in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and neighboring towns. It is one of New Hampshire's largest state parks.
Amenities at Bear Brook include camp sites, a picnic area, over 40 miles (64 km) of hiking trails, swimming and fishing ponds, archery range, camp store, a ball field, playground, bathhouse, shelters, picnic tables, canoe and rowboat rentals, and a physical fitness course. The park is home to the New Hampshire Snowmobile Museum, Old Allenstown Meeting House, and the Richard Diehl Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum, which are in historic buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The park takes its name from Bear Brook, a stream which runs through the park. Its environment is that of the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion.

In 1985 and 2000, the remains of four females were found in the park. In January 2017, a suspect in the case was identified as Terry Peder Rasmussen (also known by several aliases) who had died in prison in 2010. In June 2019, three of the females were identified.
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  • We have loved Bear Brook for years, and this year visited twice, once in June and this time in September. The weekend was beautiful and BBSP provided lots of fun for our four families. Kayak the...  more »
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  • We had our wedding at the shelter pavilion. The people at BBSP were wonderful. The folks at the gate help direct people to the right place. They clean (sweep floors, clear off tables) at 7am the morning of. We were able to rent the place the day before to get a lot of stuff set up and they locked stuff in the bathroom for us overnight. The bathrooms were well stocked. For those looking, I’d highly recommend this as a space to host an outdoor DIY wedding. The field provides a great open space for people to run around and play games. The pavilion looks beautiful with lights hanging from the beams. For a daytime wedding, depending on how much you have going on, setup does get a little time crunched with the restrictions on when you can get in in the morning.
  • I must be missing something. I read all the fantastic reviews and was excited to camp here. We didn't go biking or hiking, so that may be why. Just staying on our site, we came across about 8 ticks in 3 days. I can't imagine how many we would have encountered if we went in deeper woods. Didn't experience canoe rentals, but seemed strange that the rental station wasn't at the beach where the canoes were - had to walk to other end of campground to rent at the store, then carry paddles & life vests back to beach. We brought our own kayaks and enjoyed being out on the water, although being a pond, the water wasn't very clear. My kids played in the water at the beach and had fun, but discovered leeches afterwards. The campsites were roomy, but no trees between and therefore no privacy and no sound barrier. Bathrooms were lacking in cleanliness, soap, and toilet paper. Staff drove around quite a bit on golf carts, but not sure what they were doing. Didn't seem like they were keeping up with the bathrooms or enforcing quiet time. This place does not even compare to other state parks throughout NH.

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