Last Weeks of Summer

August is great time of year to experience New Hampshire. With hot days and cool nights, it is a great time to get outdoors. One great place to enjoy these last few weeks of Summer is White Lake State Park. Tucked into picturesque Tamworth, the park is home to a beautiful lake and campground. There are many fun activities to enjoy within the park. Home to several hiking trails, visitors can get out and enjoy nature. Camping is a great option as well. If you decided to go to the beach, there are many fun things to take part in. Getting out onto the lake is also a great time as well. No matter what you are doing, White Lake is a great choice.

Photo by Colleen O'Connell
Photo by Colleen O’Connell


Camping at White Lake is an incredible experience. It is rustic, yet close to many attractions the area has to offer. It is a great place to stay if you are going into the White Mountains. It is situated in a large wooded area just to the side of White Lake. The park itself has many campsites to offer. They are clean, well maintained wooded sites. Many offer views of the lake as well, but even those that don’t are beautiful. It is a great place to get away from everything, even if it is just for the weekend. The campground has basic amenities such as bathrooms and showers as well. The campground is also  perfect for children. There is a large field where kids can run and play. The roads that service the campground are perfect for biking and walking as well. You can spend the day exploring the area, then gather later for a fire. There is nothing like cooking s’mores, and hearing the loons in the distance.

Play Field. Photo By Colleen O'Connell.
Play Field.
Photo By Colleen O’Connell.
Water Site. Photo By Colleen O'Connell.
Water Site.
Photo By Colleen O’Connell.


White Lake has some great ways to see the park. One of the best ways to explore the park is on its trails. The Beach Path connects the campground to the beach, and is great for a quick walk. The trail is surrounded by trees and all sorts of beautiful vegetation. There are also several clearings where you can look over towards the lake. The trail only slopes a bit, and leads right down to the beach area. It is perfect for those who want to get out into nature, but may have a hard time with long hikes. The Around The Lake Trail is the second trail within the park. It leads visitors  through the beautiful scenery that surrounds the lake. While I was there earlier this month I took a quick walk down the path. In the woods I heard birds calling to one another and squirrels dashing about. The surface of the lake was undisturbed. Lilly Pads sat quietly upon the surface of the lake It was a beautiful afternoon, and I was so thankful I got to experience such a great place. Hiking the trails at White Lake is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Around The Lake. Photo By Colleen O'Connell.
Around The Lake.
Photo By Colleen O’Connell.


White Lake is host to one of the most beautiful beaches in New Hampshire. The well maintained beach is large, and set against a beautiful backdrop. The lake is beautiful, and has sweeping views of Mount Chocorua. The pristine lakes crystal clear water is perfect for swimming. It is also home to many amenities as well. It has full bathhouses, Picnic tables and a store. The picnic tables make it a great place to bring the family for a picnic. The park features a playground that is great for kids. During the day there are also many interpretive programs to check out as well. There is so much to do, that everyone is bound to find something that they will enjoy.

The Beach Area. Colleen O'Connell
The Beach Area.
Colleen O’Connell


Looking out Over White Lake. Photo By Colleen O'Connell.
Looking out Over White Lake.
Photo By Colleen O’Connell.


Getting out onto the lake lets you see it in an entirely new way.  There is a boat launch down the road which allows visitors to bring their boats onto the lake.  The park also offers rentals of boats, so you can see if you enjoy getting out on the water. The landscape changes as you paddle out. The tall peak of Chocorua fades, yet the new perspective is just as beautiful. You can see the rolling hills, and the entirety of the lake. You get an intimate view of the beautiful wildlife that calls the lake home. On the far end of the lake tadpoles swim in the shallows. Often Loons will breach, looking at you before disappearing again. If you paddle at the lakes edge, you can get a great view of where the lake meets the shoreline. It is a quiet and undeveloped place that is great for internal reflection.

Out on the lake. Photo By Colleen O'Connell.
Out on the lake.
Photo By Colleen O’Connell.

Everyone will find something to love at White Lake. The hiking trails are great for adventurers. The campground itself is great for an overnight stay. The beach area has a wealth of activities that will keep everyone happy. Boating allows visitors a whole new way to experience the lake. Set against a beautiful backdrop, the family will make amazing memories. With its great scope of activities, White Lake is a great place for some late season summer fun.


Colleen O'Connell

My name is Colleen. I am a writer, and a life-long resident of New Hampshire. Growing up in the Southwestern part of the state, I spent most of my free time outside. As I have grown and matured, my love for New Hampshire and its natural beauty has grown as well. I spend most of my free time hiking, skiing, and exploring the natural beauty of our state. I enjoy the natural wonders of our state, and sharing these experiences and places with others through my writing.

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