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Address: Route 106, Laconia, NH 03246
Phone Number: (603) 436-1552
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This 128 acre park is located along Lake Winnisquam.

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We love Ahern State Park

The kids love this park because although it is a state park there is no life guard on duty so they can bring all their favorite floats and water toys. It's also pet friendly with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Kelly O
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The kids love this park because although it is a state park there is no life guard on duty so they can bring all their favorite floats and water toys. It's also pet friendly with walking trails the dogs love and then they can take a dip in the lake! It is on the small side as far as the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Travelled here with my family and we all had a great time. Very nice place to spend a lot of time and have a lot of fun, nice for picnics and just spending time walking around, don't pass this place up.

1 Thank TravelPro59
Manchester, New Hampshire
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162 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I visited this park in November to check it as a possible place to kayak, walk along the lake, and just enjoy the summer once it comes around. From what I've read of previous reviews and now factoring in my own time there, I can see why it has remained "off the beaten path" and not as popular as other... More 

1 Thank chiefwahoo1989
Sandwich, New Hampshire
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91 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The road in is in really bad shape, and there are not clear directions as to where the beach is located. When we finally found it, all you could smell was the horrible odor coming from the port-a-potty. There was trash everywhere. The beach is very isolated, and there was a guy sitting in a pick up truck doing something... More 

1 Thank mello11
Bristol, New Hampshire
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

if you like mountain biking and want something close to laconia, then Ahern is the place to go. not a terribly large course but what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality. there are a lot of nonfunctioning old wooded jumps along the trails but the trails them selves are beautifully cut single track with twists/turns small... More 

1 Thank JoshNRachel
Manchester, New Hampshire
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is a very small, hardly maintained state park. It does offer a couple of small beaches at the end of a hard to find rough dirt road. And it does offer privacy if you're looking to get off the beaten path. The trails are so poorly maintained that they are almost unusable so people tend to walk the dogs... More 

1 Thank tonyinmanchester
Lyme, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Undeveloped is correct, which is both good and bad. There are lots of possibilities if you're looking for a secluded spot on the shore, but Achuvak is correct that the beach is tiny (the 2nd beach is almost non-existent - see my photo). And it is hard to find even with a gps. There are virtually no signs - I... More 

4 Thank The_Park_Explorer
Lincoln City, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

the place is hard to find on many gps or google maps. we went with 4 little kids (2 and 4 years olds). the beach cant accomodate more than 8 people. the road to beach is quite long and rough with many potholes.

2 Thank achuvak
spring hill fl
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2006

before it was a state park, it was the laconia state school. In the 80s the state closed the state school and intergrated the residents into the community. The waterfront has two beaches great for all water activitys, It also has miles of trails for hiking and biking. this is the real New Hampshire, undevloped lake front. The locals have... More 

10 Thank glenn t

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