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2 Fascinating National Parks in New Hampshire

A red building with white columns and a brick roof surrounded  by  lovely flowers. This is the sculptors studio at one of the new hampshire national parks.
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The Appalachian National Scenic Trail and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site are the only two national parks in New Hampshire. Both of New Hampshire’s stunning national parks are worth visiting.

In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about visiting the national parks in New Hampshire. Plus, you’ll learn all about what makes them special enough to be considered national parks.

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Map of National Parks in New Hampshire

A map of New Hampshire in blue with the national parks in New Hampshire in green

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Mount Washington, 1917m, New Hampshire

The Appalachian Trail is one of America’s most cherished outdoor resources, stretching from Maine to Georgia. It offers over 2,200 miles of footpaths with breathtaking views along the way.

Stretching through White Mountain National Forest for about 100 miles, it also offers hikers access to some of the tallest peaks in eastern North America!

Peaks along the way whilst exploring this New Hampshire national park include Mount Washington. At 6,288 feet, this is the highest peak in New England. This section of the Appalachian Trail also includes Mount Lafayette, 5,260 feet, and Mount Adams, which rises to 5,774 feet.

Anyone who hikes this path will not only be taking part in an epic journey but will also enjoy some of America’s most spectacular mountain scenery in the national parks of New Hampshire.

How to Get ThereClick here

MapClick here

Things to Do: Hiking

Park Entrance Fee: None

Where to Stay: Hampton Inn, East Gate Inn, Thayers Inn, The Littleton Motel, The Glengreen Retreat

Official WebsiteClick here

Speak to a Park Ranger: (304) 535-6278

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

A gold statue sits at the head of a rectangular pond surrounded by green grass
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The other national park in New Hampshire is Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. This was established by Congress to preserve the life and work of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907).

In 1907, Saint-Gaudens was commissioned by Theodore Roosevelt’s administration to create a new design for the eagle on the national coinage. At this park, you’ll find a life-size cast of the sculpture made by Saint-Gaudens. Today it is considered one of his most famous works and is on permanent display at this national park site in Cornish, New Hampshire.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site preserves one of America’s most significant sculptors’ studios and gardens where he created some of his most famous works. It’s also where he died in 1907 at age 74 after battling cancer for five years. He left behind an impressive legacy that includes many sculptures across the country, including many statues of Civil War generals and the Diana of the Tower, currently on display in Philadelphia.

In Cornish, he also established Cornish Colony, a group of artists that included painters, writers, sculptors, and architects.

How to Get ThereClick here for detailed instructions

MapClick here

Things to Do: Self-guided tour, hiking, stargazing, concerts, artist workshops

Park Entrance Fee: $10 per person (valid for 7 days)

Where to Stay: Fat Sheep Farm Cabins, Meriden Village, Riverside Retreat

Official WebsiteClick here

Speak to a Park Ranger: (603) 675-2175

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We hope you enjoyed reading about the national parks in New Hampshire. Should you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or send us an e-mail.

Want to visit more nearby national parks? Check out our post on the national parks in Maine!

The two national parks in New Hampshire are worth visiting: Appalachian Trail and Saint-Gaudens. Visit the Parks Expert to learn all about them and plan your visit.
The two national parks in New Hampshire are worth visiting: Appalachian Trail and Saint-Gaudens. Visit the Parks Expert to learn all about them and plan your visit.
The two national parks in New Hampshire are worth visiting: Appalachian Trail and Saint-Gaudens. Visit the Parks Expert to learn all about them and plan your visit.

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