Bear Brook State Park, NH
This ride has been is adapted from Mountain Biking Northern New England
(formerly The Mountain Biker's Guide to Northern New England), by Paul Angiolillo.
It's a compilation of sixty rides in VT, NH, and ME. A companion volume, Mountain
Biking Southern New England, covers MA, CT, and RI. Both are available in outdoor
stores and bike shops or from Menasha Ridge Press, 1-800-247-9437. Paul Angiolillo can be
reached at 781-893-1341 (Waltham, MA) or by email at email@example.com.
Located a few mail east of Concort, NH, this large, 9,500-acre park has about forty
miles of ridable trails. The trails become more rugged as they run deeper into the woods
to the southwest. Narrower side trails are more challenging. Located just a few miles from
Concord, the state capital, this popular state park has many marshes, ponds, brooks, and
different woodscapes depending on whether you're in the lowlands or highlands. There's
also swimming, hiking, camping, fishing, and ski touring in the park.
The ride can be linked with more riding to the south, outside Manchester, by using a
major north-south snowmobile trail, Route 15 that passes through Bear Brook S. P.
(Snowmobile routes are often named after nearby roadways.) When this trail leaves the park
to the south, it crosses private land, so stay on the trail.
- General Location
- Allenstown, on NH 28.
- Elevation Change
- The trails in this state park are fairly level, with occasional short climbs.
- You can ride here in all seasons, although trails can be muddy in spring.
- The park has restrooms, water, and 80 tent sites. All other services are available along
NH 28 and in Concord.
- Watch out for hikers, especially near the trailheads, and the usual minor obstructions
on the more secluded trails.
- Land Status
- Public State Park
- Pick up a trail map at park headquarters, or contact the New Hampshire Division of Parks
and Recreation, 105 Loudon Rd., Concord NH 03301, (603) 271-3556.
- Finding the trail
- The entrance to the park is on NH 28, three miles north of its junction with U.S. 3.
Park in an unpaved lot located one-third of a mile up the access road on the right or
further in the park.
- Sources of additional information
- New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation, 105 Loudon Rd., Concord NH 03301, (603)
- Notes on the trail
- The main entry/access road is on the northern border of the park, so ride southward.
Many trails are marked and numbered. You might want to stay on the wider, numbered trails.
If you get disoriented, ride west to reach another trail, or else NH 28. There is also a
major north-south snowmobile trail, Route 15, passing through the park, and linking up
with the Massabesic Lake/Tower Hill Pond ride to the south.