Lake Sunapee is a 4100 acre lake surrounded by several beautiful state parks in the shadow of Mount Sunapee and Mount Kearsarge. Surrounded by quaint small towns and villages, Lake Sunapee has a delightful, relaxing rural feel.
Nature Preserves & State Parks
- Mt. Sunapee State Park, Off Rt. 103, Newbury, NH Hiking, swimming, picnicking, boating, canoe & kayak rentals, fishing, in summer/fall Skiing, snowboarding in winter months.
- Pillsbury State Park : Off Rt 31, Washington Diverse habitat makes this a home to a great variety of wildlife, including moose and loons. Network of hiking and mountain biking trails Important link in the Monadnock, Sunapee Greenway, a 51 mile hiking trail that connects Mount Monadnock with Mount Sunapee. Canoeing & warm water fishing.
- Rollins State Park: Route 103, Warner. Located on southern slope of Mt. Kearsarge. Scenic auto road, picnic area, spectacular views. 1/2 mile trail to summit of Mount Kearsarge.
- Wadleigh State Park: Rt. 114, Sutton NH Swimming beach on Kezar lake. Picnic area, bathhouse, playing fields.
- Winslow State Park, Off Route 11, Kearsarge Mountain Road, Wilmont – Located on northwest slope of Mt. Kearsarge. Picnic area, spectacular views. One mile trail to summit of Mt Kearsarge. A 1 ¾ mile trail offers a loop possibility.
- John Hay National Wildlife Refuge – “The Fells” Gardens, hiking trails, Newbury
*League of NH Crafters Fair – Mt Sunapee State Park, Newbury – August *Pinnacle Mountain Bike Race – August, Pinnacle Challenge Multi Sport Adventure – Oct. Newport *Mount Sunapee Bike Race, Newbury May *Winter Carnival – February Newport *Concerts on the Common – Newport Sunday Evenings
- Mount Kearsarge – Access from Winslow and Rollins State Parks
Lake Sunapee Area Boat Access
- Lake Sunapee – Sunapee Harbor, Sunapee (limited parking), no fee,
- Georges Mills
- Sunapee State Park in Newbury (Phone: 763-5561. Web Site: www.nhparks.state.nh.us), Fee
- On Little Lake Sunapee from Little Sunapee Road (about 1/2 mile east of I-89 Exit 12)
- Pleasant Lake from the Elkins Business Loop (off Route 11, about 4 miles east of I-89 Exit 11).
- Andover : Cleyville (1887 – 53 ft.) Crosses: Pleasant Stream Location: Jct of NH Rte 11 and NH Rte 4A Keniston (1882 – 64 ft. 6 in.) Crosses: Blackwater River Location: South of US Rte 4, 1 mile west of Andover village
- Bradford Bement (1854 – 60 ft. 6 in.)Crosses: West branch of Warner River Location: Intersection of NH Rte 103 and Rte 114
- Cornish Blacksmith Shop (1881- 91 ft.)Crosses: Millbrook, Cornish City Location: 3 miles east of NH Rte 12A. Blow-Me-Down (1877 – 85 ft. 9 in.) Crosses: Blow-Me-Down Brook Location: South of NH Rte 12a, 1 1/2 miles soutwest of Plainfield Village Dingleton (1882 – 77 ft. 9 in.) Crosses: Millbrook, Cornish Mills Location: 1m mile east of NH Rte 12A
- Langdon McDermott (1869 – 81 ft.) Crosses: Cold River Location: North of NH Rte 123A, 2 miles north of Alstead Village Drewsville (1874 – 34 ft. 6 in.) Crosses: Great Brook Location: 1 mile south of NH Rte 12A at Langdon Village
- Lebanon Packard Hill (1991 – 76 ft.) Crosses: Mascoma River Location: Riverside Drive, Lebanon
- Lyme Edgell (1885 – 132 ft.) Crosses: Clay Brook Location: 1 mile south of NH Rte 12, 2 miles south of Orford Village.
- Newport Corbin (1845 – 96 ft. 2 in.) Crosses: Croyden Branch of the Sugar River Location: one-half mile west of NH Rte 10, north of Newport Village. Pier or Chandler Station (1871 – 2-span 216 ft. 7 in.) Crosses: Sugar River Location: East of Chandler Station Wright’s (1895 – 122 ft.) Crosses: Sugar River Location: West of Chandler Station
- Plainfield Meriden (1880 – 80 ft.) Crosses: Blood’s Brook Location: 1 mile northwest of NH Rte 120 at Meriden
- Warner Dalton (1963 – 76 ft. 6 in.) Crosses: Warner River Location: South of NH Rte 103 at Warner Village
- Waterloo (1972 – 76 ft. 4 in.)Crosses: Warner River Location: South of NH Rte 103, 2 miles west of Warner Village
Hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, swimming, boating, shopping, golf, terrific dining, lodging and camping options. Ice-skating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snow shoeing in the winter months.