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68 Echo Lake Road
North Conway, NH 03860
Phone: 603-356-2672

Please note: Paving operations for the Cathedral Ledge Auto Road are scheduled for May 31, 2022. Access to the road may be closed or limited during paving. Please plan accordingly.

Activities and Amenities


Echo Lake State Park is a great place to take the family for a swim and picnic. Several hiking trails originate in the park including a scenic trail around the lake and others which lead to Cathedral Ledge State Park where views of the Saco River Valley are spectacular.

Make a Reservation

Book your trip to Echo Lake State Park: Visitors can make a reservation before arriving at the park as parking is limited (especially on nice weekends and holidays). Walk-in spaces are available for visitors on a first come/first-serve basis. Reservations can be made up to 30 days prior to arrival.


Parks Plate & Season Pass: There are desiganted spaces set aside for plate/pass holders on a first-come/first-serve basis. Reservations are still encouraged in the event a park reaches capacity (requiring a $1 transaction fee).

NH Senior Citizens: To receive a discount at our per person fee locations, enter the number of NH Senior Citizens in the vehicle/occupant information section of the order details page, rather than the number of adults.

Operating Schedule

Dates and times are weather dependent and subject to change without notice. For up to date hours, please call the park directly.

Fee Days/Hours
Adults: $4
Children (6-11): $2
Open: weekends only – 5/7/22
Fulltime – 5/13/22

9am – 6pm (gates close at 6pm)

This park is always open for recreation unless otherwise posted. During off hours and the off-season the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are not available and gates may be closed. The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.


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. Season passes are available. When park is unstaffed during the season, please use Iron Ranger (self-serve paystation).

Are pets allowed at Echo Lake State Park?

Pets are permitted throughout the back trails in the Cathedral Ledge and White Horse Ledge areas only.  Pets are not allowed at Echo Lake from May 1 to Oct. 31. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.

Keep Your Parks Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program, you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out whatever you carry in. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Beach Advisories

For listings of current advisories, please visit the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services Beach Advisories website page.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Visit our Accessibility for All webpage at For more information on specific accessibilty needs or questions, please contact the individual park office directly.

Notice: Drone Use is Restricted
Drone use is restricted at all NH State Parks. Drone operators are not permitted to take off or land within NH State Park boundaries.





Google Reviews

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  • T Beshears
    T Beshears
    3 months ago

    Beautiful Lake that looks reflects a granite face mountain. Plenty of parking and well-maintained hiking paths. Lots of picnic tables for families to enjoy the view. Fall colors are more pronounced along the Northern end of the lake. Returned during the full moon to see if I could capture the stars with the moon illuminating the trees and White Horse Mountain.

  • Zohar Stup
    Zohar Stup
    4 months ago

    What an amazing state park! Echo Lake is so beautiful. Entrance fee is $4 for adult. The park is well maintained and parking is nearby. The trail around it is short and easy (for all ages) and it’s really pretty. Highly recommended!

  • Marian Giovannini
    Marian Giovannini
    4 months ago

    Great spot for a swim, picnic and hike. We hiked up Cathedral ledge but you can also drive up for a great view. We saw some rock climbers and eagles. Only complaint is the $4 a person charge. This seemed especially high since it was between summer and leaf peeking seasons. If you drive up, there is an hour limit. And no toilet paper in the dirty outhouse on top.

  • Olivia Bowley
    Olivia Bowley
    a year ago

    can not recommend enough for the North Conway area. I've gone at every time of year now and it's just beautiful. The color of the water is insane and beautiful and is great to swim in. Small, so it stays relatively warm. No motor boats, so it's safe, too. I'll be bringing my kayak next time! There's awesome trails I've yet to explore that will take you up the mountain that the lake frames. In the winter you can walk out on the lake, I've seen snowmen built pretty far out! There are bathrooms & changing rooms that are usually locked when I'm there, picnic tables too. You can walk around the entire pond and there are SO many tadpoles in the spring!!

  • Sarah Nguyen
    Sarah Nguyen
    5 months ago

    This is one of the most gorgeous state parks I’ve ever been to. The lake with the granite backdrop is jaw dropping. Park rangers do a great job of keeping the park well managed - that means you either make a reservation or arrive at 9am when it opens (which is what we did). Our friends arrived at 10:30am and they were the last car they allowed in. Highly recommend for family fun. There are also trails behind the lake that were fun to walk - very easy.

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