Clough State Park is your place to explore. The park lies along the 150-acre Everett Lake that was formed in 1963 by the construction of the Everett Dam. The 900-foot sandy beach and picnic area is the centerpiece to an area absolutely filled with trails, secluded beaches, and wildlife. Starting on top of the Everett Dam, I got a panoramic view of the lake and some of the trails that make up the park below. After getting my bearings, I crossed the huge concrete dam on my bike and descended a trail that led along the banks of the west side of Everett Lake. The trail, an old logging road, was immediately flanked by water on both sides and gave a really cool feeling of almost riding on water. Following the logging road away from the dam I found a peninsula that jutted out into the lake. Exploring the point, I found walking paths that descended on either side of the peninsula to remote sandy beaches where I took my first dip of the day. The water was warmer than I expected for early June, but still crystal clear. On the beach I dried off, had a snack and watched as waterfowl swooped down to the lake for their own afternoon snacks. Back on my bike the logging road led away from the lake and towards a series of single-track trails following the Piscataquog River. Cruising beside the riverbank a well-placed rope swing, hanging out over the river caught my eye. My trunks still wet from my first stop, I swung out over the river and plunged into the cool swift water. What a rush! The water was running much colder here, so I hurried to warm up back on the trail. Following the single-track trail a bit longer I came to a water crossing that would allow me to cycle back around to the east of Everett Lake. Tossing my bike on my shoulders I waded across the river to meet the other side of the trail. Twisting through a vast marsh and then over sandy hills with hidden picnic tables I emerged back at the long sandy beach at the foot of Everett Lake. Worn out from a long bike ride I set up under the beach side pavilion to relax and refuel. I watched the afternoon sunset off the water, as two teenagers catch and release tiny little fish at the far end of the beach. Before it got too dark I reluctantly packed up my things and rode up the path towards the parking area atop Everett Dam. New Hampshire State Park Disclaimer: There are no lifeguards on duty at Clough State Park or Everett Lake. Swim at your own Risk.
I love it here in New Hampshire. I’ve been visiting my entire life, but it wasn’t until I moved here to attend Plymouth State University that I realized just how much the New Hampshire State Parks could offer. Comprised of 92 different parks, waysides, historical sites, and recreational trails there is something for everyone to enjoy here. From hiking, camping, skiing, biking, boating, to picnics, sunbathing, and playgrounds it is easy for the whole the family to have fun in a New Hampshire State Park. This summer, as a NH State Parks intern, I’ll be traveling around New Hampshire to give you a look at all the different experiences you can have inside the state parks. Using a camera, my hiking boots, kayak, and mountain bike I plan to explore as much as I can and report back to you. I’m excited to get out there, but I’m even more excited to share my adventures and motivate you to get outside and enjoy the New Hampshire State Parks.