New Hampshire is a wonderful state to visit during the summer months, especially if you are a tent camper that's traveling with a pet. Several of the state parks allow pets, on a leash, within their tent site areas as well as on their hiking trails. Here are my picks for five of the best ones:
Moose Brook State Park
Moose Brook State Park is located in Gorham. The park's pet-friendly hiking trails will give you a work out and offer amazing views of the Northern Presidential Range. Many of shady tent sites are roughly 10 feet long and feature a gravel surface, a picnic table and a fire ring. Nightly tent site rates tend to start at $25.
Bear Brook State Park
Bear Brook State Park is located in Allenstown. In addition to allowing pets, the park has horse trails, hiking trails and biking trails. Those looking to break a sweat and be rewarded with a jaw-dropping view should try the Catamount Trail. Just be sure to wear sturdy, hiking boots. Most tent sites are partially shaded, extend 10 feet in length and come with a fire ring and a picnic table. Nightly rates typically start at $25.
Umbagog Lake State Park
Umbagog Lake State Park is located in Cambridge. What makes it a stand out is that tent campers have the option of selecting a boat-in site or a drive-in site. Personally, I'd go with the boat-in site. Dogs are welcome within those tent areas too. Tent sites range in length from 10 to 15 feet and services vary. Some sites are primitive. Others come with water and 15 amp electrical hook-ups. Tent site prices start at $30 a night.
Deer Mountain Campground
Deer Mountain Campground is located in Pittsburg. In my experience, it is a wonderful place if you want serenity. The tent sites are primitive but well maintained. A few of the partially shaded, tent sites come with a fireplace and a 10 foot pad. Nightly rates usually start at $23 per site.
Pillsbury State Park
Pillsbury State Park is located in Washington. Leashed pets are welcome and the sites are primitive, quiet and rife with wildlife. I'd suggest bringing bug spray and keeping your food in secured containers. The hiking trails are superlative. I'd recommend taking the Five Summers Trail to the Lucias Lookout. There are wooded, hike-in sites near the trail. Most are 10 feet long and come with a picnic table and a fire ring. Overnight rates generally start at $23.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation. She has also traveled extensively.
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