Off Rte 3A, Bristol
Swimming, picnicking, fishing, hiking
Bathhouse, picnic tables, boat launch
Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under and NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free
Schedule: The park is open 9:00am - 7:30pm, weekends only starting May 17; then full-time from June 14 through
September 1; then weekends only through October 13, 2008, weather permitting.
Lifeguards are on duty
daily from June 21 through September 1. Gates and the boat launch are always open.
of Campsites: None
Pets are not permitted at this beach.
Located on the shore of Newfound Lake in Bristol, 204-acre Wellington
State Park boasts the largest freshwater swimming beach in the New Hampshire
state park system. Hiking trails and picnic areas along the shore afford
views of one of the deepest and clearest lakes in the state. Two group
picnic pavilions are located in the main picnic area. A well-marked
hiking trail leads from the park and provides hikers access to Goose
Pond, the Sugarloafs, Bear Mountain, Welton Falls and Mt.Cardigan. A
developed boat launch area provides boaters access to Newfound Lake.
One dollar; what will it buy today? In 1931, for one dollar and the
generosity of an ecologically-minded summer visitor from New York City,
the state of New Hampshire obtained the deed to Wellington Reservation.
It was "to be forever kept as a public forest reservation, to be
used for the development of a bird sanctuary, for public recreation,
. . and for any purpose tending to the promotion of forestry."
A bronze plaque located at the beginning of the Peninsula Trail expresses
the public's indebtedness to Elizabeth R. Wellington who deeded the
land as a memorial to her father, Aaron H. Wellington. Two nearby islands,
Belle and Cliff, were granted to the state in the 1940s. An additional
parcel, purchased from the Follansbee family, was later added to the
property. The Wellington Reservation, with the islands and Follansbee
land, make up what is now Wellington State Park.
is one of the many parks in the country that benefited from the work
of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was created by President
Roosevelt in the early 1930s in an effort to help bring an end to the
Great Depression. The CCC, often referred to as Roosevelt's tree army,
was designed to utilize the country's many unemployed youths in natural
resource conservation efforts. The beach, picnic areas and original
buildings at Wellington were created by the CCC.
significance as a sanctuary for wildlife is based on the variety of
habitats found there. The park is primarily forested with a variety
of tree species, including hemlock, pine, beech, maple and poplar. The
forest in interspersed with marshes, scrub-shrub wetlands, and man-made
clearings, such as grassy parking areas and woods roads. The different
habitats, in close proximity to each other, produce an edge effect,
or an area of especially rich habitat, with the benefits of two habitats
together. One of the many species of wildlife that benefits from the
abundance of edge areas in the park is the raccoon.
of songbirds, including robins, thrushes, flycatchers, warblers and
sparrows frequent the park. Blue jays and chickadees are the predominant
winter birds. Ruffed grouse and woodcock are the only two upland game
birds found at the site. Migrating Canada geese and a variety of upland
birds pass through during the spring and fall. A transient endangered
peregrine falcon or bald eagle may occasionally be seen, though they
do not linger. Common loons inhabit the lake area and infrequently,
there have been signs of nesting attempts.
is a welcome and popular activity in the park. Fish commonly caught
are lake trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass and
on the shore of Newfound Lake in Bristol, 204-acre Wellington State Park
boasts the largest freshwater swimming beach in the New Hampshire State Park system.
Hiking trails and picnic areas along the shore afford views of one of the deepest and
clearest lakes in the state. Two group picnic pavilions, available for reservation, are
located just off the beach in the picnic areas. The park also maintains volleyball and
horseshoe courts. The Snack Bar offers a variety of snacks, ice cream, cold drinks, beach
and picnic items, and souvenirs.
Within the park,
the peninsula nature trail features picnic areas, designated fishing areas, plant
identification markers, and spectacular views of Newfound Lake and Cliff and Belle Islands.
A well-marked hiking trail leads from the park and provides hikers access to Goose Pond,
the Sugarloafs, Bear Mountain, Welton Falls, and Mt.Cardigan. A developed boat launch operated
by N.H. Fish & Game adjoins the park, providing boaters free year-round access to Newfound Lake.
Boat lanes along the beach allow boater access to the park for the regular admission price.
This information was posted on June 25, 2008 and all information, services and fees are
subject to change. For current information you may wish to call 603-271-3556
or contact the park directly.
youth group camping is offered at Wellington on both Belle and Cliff
islands. Reservations are required for youth group camping and may be
made by calling the park directly at 603/744-2197, from mid-May through
the summer season.