Last of the Shoreliners

Needing to unwind after hours of raking acorns, I headed over to Ellacoya State Park for a peaceful stroll on Lake Winnipesaukee. Set on the Southwest shores of NH’s biggest lake, the park is an idyllic spot for waterfront recreation. In mid-August I’ve often watched Timberman Triathletes swim, bike, and run here, dripping with sweat as family members cheer them on. Unfortunately summer jobs and school have cut short my days of lounging on this beach and I haven’t visited the park in years.

With summer crowds gone Fall is a particularly good season to enjoy Ellacoya. There’s plenty of room to wander the sandy shores and 60 degree temperatures make walking comfortable. While roaming the park, I became fascinated by the shimmering blue water and turning colors of trees from orange to red. The repetitive motion of waves crashing into shore has a soothing effect as well. From a picnic table I could see the distant mountain ranges which nurture the lake with fresh water. Mount Washington can even be spotted towering over its neighboring peaks. The panoramic views available from Ellacoya make it one of the best public beaches on Winnipesaukee and possibly the entire Lakes Region.

Ellacoya is also home to a beautiful lakeside RV campground. In addition to its prime waterfront location there are convenience stores, restaurants and late night entertainment available in the nearby Gilford area. During fall, the RV Park has a relaxed atmosphere. For campers (and park staff) it’s a pleasant change of pace from the busy summer tourist season.

From the RV Park, a charming footbridge spans a gentle steam and leads to the main beach area where public come to picnic, grill, swim or simply relax.

While there are no mountain bike trails to ride or peaks to climb, Ellacoya still provides an opportunity to enjoy several natural landscapes in a short visit. The mountain views, vast lakefront and babbling brook are just a few of the features to take in here. Walking through Ellacoya State Park also gave me a chance to reflect on summer and think about the year to come.  A simple stroll in the park is exactly what I needed to recharge before winter arrives.



Hi all, nice to meet you, I’m Andrew Keohan a Business and Tourism major up at Plymouth State University. For those of you not familiar with the small college town of Plymouth, it’s nestled beneath the towering wilderness of the White Mountains, a perfect spot to be for outdoor adventure. In my final year at Plymouth, I am excited and looking forward to blogging for the NH State Parks. When I am out on weekend adventures, I will be going to parks and recreation areas I am familiar with and others I don’t have a clue about. My goal is to give my blog readers an experience of what it is actually like to go to these parks and make you want to get up and get outdoors in the beauty of what New Hampshire has to offer. Hopefully, I will blog about places you had no idea existed, if not, well they are still worth going to again! If I can get just a couple of my readers to go out and want to experience the places I have been than I’ve done my job!

2 thoughts to “Last of the Shoreliners”

  1. One of our family’s best beaches in NH. We discovered this beach through my 8yr old son’s annual summer visit as part of Camp Halfmoon in Goffstown.

    1. Hundreds of school children enjoy a trip to Ellacoya every summer season, creating the beach sounds of summer fun, while RVers enjoy the idylic southwestern shores of Winnipesaukee. It’s a great Park.

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