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Description - Odiorne Point is the largest undeveloped stretch of shore on New Hampshire's eighteen mile coast offering 331.5 acres for picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, nature walk and cross-country skiing. An extensive array of habitats may be viewed and studied year-round.

Attractions - Odiorne State Park offers an extensive array of habitats. On the south end of the park, sheltered tide pools of the Sunken Forest give way to an exposed rocky shore. Just north, the shore evolves into a pebble beach which shelters a fresh water marsh. Along the way to Frost Point where a jetty extends into Little Harbor, lies a small sand dune environment. At the end of Little Harbor, Seavey Creek feeds the neighboring salt marsh. Extensive inland disturbances during World War II induced the growth of dense forests in various stages of succession. Large stone walls bound open fields. Fresh water systems are represented within the park by a man-made pond and marsh. Remnants of formal gardens and wildflowers grow side by side. The man-made military bunkers lie hidden under mounds of earth.

Recreation - Odiorne State Park encompasses 331.5 acres along the Atlantic Coast housing an interesting display of varied habitats. The park offers picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, a nature walk, environmental education programs and cross-country skiing. The park is open year-round; facilities may be limited during the colder months. A small day-use fee is charged. Children 12 and under are free. There is also an adjacent Seacoast Science Center which is open year-round. The park does charge a fee for boat launching.

Climate - Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Location - Odiorne State Park is located southeast of Portsmouth in Rye off SR 1A. The park is located on the coast.

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Filed By: Jay Verrill (Manchester, nh)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I encourage you to go to the bunkers over past the dwellings and lodges on the trails. You can actually go into them and see all of the different rooms. There are very many deep holes in the floor, so look out for them. Also, bring a flashlight with you if you intend on going into the bunker itself. It is a little freaky.

Filed By: dina (DOWNERS GROVE, il)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: it was very pretty andbeautiful. i loved it a lot.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The best part about the park is the animals. There are rabbits that come out of their burrows at sunset, and we saw a cicada one summer in July. There are deer tracks all over and birds everywhere. A wonderful place to walk! The visitors center is very interesting and informative as well. Bring binoculars and your kids!

Filed By: Rebecaa
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I was there on a beautiful ealy summer day (still off season?). Very quiet beautiful spot. There is a small paved loop thru the park- perfect for a tot's bike ride or roller blading. Great place to fly a kite, have a picnic at the shore, and throw a frisbee. Really beautful spot.

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Contact Information:
Odiorne State Park, c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd , Concord, NH, 03302, Phone: 603-436-7406, Fax: 603-271-2629

Additional Information:
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches. There is one National Park facility, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and one National Forest, White Mountains.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches.
Seacoast Travel Region - The Seacoast Region has been a family vacation destination for generations. An 18-mile coastline offers sandy beaches, picturesque villages and working ports.

New Hampshire State Parks - Official New Hampshire State Parks Website


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