It’s the beginning of another summer at Greenfield State Park, marked by its signature sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and feel. My skin sizzled under the simmering sun while a smokey scent of burgers and hot dogs on the grill wafted around me. Bountiful blueberry bushes stood tall against the shoreline, waiting to be picked. The glistening sand sparkled and the calm lake waters reflected the shimmering rays of sunlight as kids giggled and romped about, splishing and splashing with fervor.
What started as my first attempt to enjoy a swimming excursion at a New Hampshire state park turned into a sun-soaked afternoon with a surprise blueberry-eating extravaganza. And I wasn’t the only person with swimming on my mind. In fact, the sand was overflowing with people ready to enjoy the early days of summer.
Not being able to find a spot on the public beach for my towel and cooler, I began to search for a secluded section of shoreline. That’s when I spotted the blueberry bushes… or what I nicknamed: the Great Wall of Blues.
The bushes formed a wall about 6 to 7 feet tall and surrounded the lake along most of the shoreline. If that doesn’t sound like enough berries for you, there are even more bushes along the walking trails, offering more than enough foraging opportunities.
Although the best time to harvest and pick blueberries in New Hampshire is from mid-July to late-August, I found plenty of ripened berries ready to be picked and eaten.
After a quick break sitting on the edge of the sand, I walked into the lake.
Even though it was still cold from a cool spring, the fresh water provided the perfect solution for a hot and sticky summer day. I basked in the sun and floated around aimlessly as the serene sounds of nature combined with the noisy blissfulness of the beach-goers.
Although I’m usually more of a private and secluded adventurer, I was enjoying the positivity emanating from the sands filled with people, families, and friends. Who wouldn’t be in good spirits in such a pleasant park?
Other than a pristine and refreshing lake for swimming, the park offers many other activities across its 400 acres including several small ponds for fishing, foot trails for easy hiking, a plethora of campground sites, a park store, as well as restrooms and showers.
Because of its blueberry surplus, Greenfield State Park’s beach is one of my favorite state park beaches! What state park beach is your favorite, and why? (I’m thinking dedicating a blog to detailing my personal top 10 and could use some inspiration.)
Happy summer, everybody!