What a wonderful 'happen chance' place we discovered on our leaf-peeper day trip from Goffstown NH. On October 13 we didn't expect the Park would be open, but a very kind Park staffer told us that the grounds were all open and still charging $3.00 per person for park use. He told us to please enjoy their great shoreline hike and nature trail that would have excellent views this time of year. There were a surprising number of families having cookouts in the pavilions on the sunny, but brisk 55 degree day. We took pictures of the full-sized Smokey the Bear and Park Ranger that greeted us as we neared the beach area. The grounds were clean and free of down-fall and debris with only the softness of the fallen pine needles under our feet as we walked the beach, which is wonderfully wide and spacious. Picnic tables are in every nook opening next to the water with a very secluded feeling for picnicking families. The playground and group areas were close to the water, too. The trail head comes from the beach area and meanders the shore among rocks and boulders as it winds around the peninsula. Moderately easy. The colors were changing and it was a very pretty hike. As we were leaving we found the bathrooms were open with very clean flush toilets and running water. In the summer, the Snack bar must be a very popular place. It's a really beautiful beach among the pines. We can't wait to come back in the summertime.
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