Numerous recreational activities await visitors to Echo Lake State Park in New Hampshire. Covering an area of just 0.5 km2 (0.19 sq mi), the landscape encompasses lush forests, imposing mountains, striking cliff ledges and sparkling waters.
In 1943 the land was bought by a preservation society and the state to protect the lake from commercial development. To this day, Echo Lake Beach remains the park’s most beautiful attraction. A sandy shoreline offers the perfect spot for beach sports and picnicking while the clear, calm waters entice visitors to swim, fish and canoe. The classic beach experience is even further enhanced by spectacular mountain views on all sides.
The 0.1 km2 (0.03 sq mi) lake is bordered by the slopes of Cannon Mountain and Cathedral Ledge. For unparalleled views across the White Mountains and Saco River Valley, visitors can hike from the lake to the top of Cathedral Ledge. There is a network of way-marked trails in Echo Lake State Park, leading to some of the most impressive park features. For a more relaxing stroll, there is a scenic 1.6 km (1 mi) trail around Echo Lake. Note that yellow-marked trails are state-maintained, whereas red and blue markers denote the park’s boundaries, and are not state-maintained.
Visitors can enjoy swimming, hiking, nature trails, wildlife spotting, a fantastic beach atmosphere and the adventures of rock climbing at Echo Lake State Park. Cathedral Ledge and White Horse Ledge offer fantastic rock and ice climbing opportunities for experienced climbers who face the exhilarating challenges and views the ledges offer.