With 18 miles of Atlantic coastline, New Hampshire is water-rich. Recreational users have the option of salt or freshwater beaches, family beaches, and water sport havens. Waterfalls, seacoast beaches and inland lakes abound. New Hampshire is known for its lobster but also its great water quality.
Coastal beaches in New Hampshire include Jenness State Beach, North Hampton State Beach, Sandy Beach, Wallis Sands State Beach and of course Hampton Beach. Hampton Beach is New Hampshire’s most famous beach. Hampton Beach has been honoured with the title of “Superstar Beach” by the Natural Resources Defense Council for its recurring high quality of swimmable water.
The freshwater beaches of New Hampshire are popular with locals. With hundreds of manmade and natural swimming holes, swimming is accessible for most New Hampshirites. Forest Lake State Park has a freshwater lake with a 200 foot sandy shoreline and rentable kayaks and canoes. Bear Brook State Park and its Beaver Pond is known for family camping and child friendly swimming, while Pawtuckaway Lake hosts a range of water sports and camping grounds. Other freshwater lakes include Contoocook Lake, Lake Massabesic and Lake Chocorua. New Hampshire is also home to many waterfalls, such as Lake Umbagog, Lower Falls, Diana’s Baths, Rainbow Falls and Cascade Falls.
New Hampshire has so much to offer to swimmers, beach goers, and adventurists alike.
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