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“awesome for a short mountain biking trip”
Review of Ahern State Park

Ahern State Park
Ranked #6 of 22 things to do in Laconia
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Owner description: This 128 acre park is located along Lake Winnisquam.
Reviewed 26 January 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 cliff jumps and a host of other variations. there is a trail map somewhere on the web for most of the trails but its not super necessary. if you get lost just keep going. you will eventually find a bordering road or carriage trail which circles a large part of it.

1  Thank JoshNRachel
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Reviewed 7 October 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 on the beach and water - and not everyone cleans up. Some days are better than others, but all days offer peace and quiet.

1  Thank tonyinmanchester
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Reviewed 28 May 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 drove past the entrance twice before actually seeing it. So that means that it remains a secret, except to the locals, and there were lots of locals walking their dogs here, in spite of the "pets not permitted" policy. So I doubt the water is very clean.

I would have to disagree strongly that the two beaches are "great for all water activities" and that there are "miles of trails for hiking and biking". There is one hiking trail loop of about a mile and a half and mountain bikers have developed an informal network of more trails within the loop.

So if you are a dog walker or a mountain biker, or like me just want to discover a peaceful stretch of undeveloped lakeshore, this park can be a good choice. For a beach experience, try Weirs Beach or Ellacoya State Park nearby.

4  Thank The_Park_Explorer
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Reviewed 10 July 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
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Reviewed 8 June 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 always called it secret beach because the torist never knew it was there

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