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April 19. 2011 9:50PM

Wellington State Beach


 

Located on the shore of Newfound Lake in Bristol, 204-acre Wellington State Park boasts the largest freshwater swimming beach in the New Hampshire State Park system. Hiking trails and picnic areas along the shore afford views of one of the deepest and clearest lakes in the state. Two group picnic pavilions, available for reservation, are located just off the beach in the picnic areas. The park also maintains volleyball and horseshoe courts. The Snack Bar offers a variety of snacks, ice cream, cold drinks, beach and picnic items, and souvenirs. Within the park, the peninsula nature trail features picnic areas, designated fishing areas, plant identification markers, and spectacular views of Newfound Lake and Cliff and Belle Islands. A well-marked hiking trail leads from the park and provides hikers access to Goose Pond, the Sugarloafs, Bear Mountain, Welton Falls, and Mt.Cardigan. A developed boat launch operated by N.H. Fish & Game adjoins the park, providing boaters free access to Newfound Lake. Boat lanes along the beach allow boater access to the park for the regular admission price.

Location: Off Route 3A, Bristol

Phone: 603-744-2197

Activities: Swimming, picnicking, fishing, hiking, boating

Amenities: Bathhouse, picnic tables, boat launch

Operation Schedule:

Weekends: Mid-May to Mid-June

Daily: Mid-June to Columbus Day

Acreage: 204 acres

Waterfront: Newfound Lake

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