action:article | category:NEWHAMPSHIRE0304 | adString:NEWHAMPSHIRE0304 | zoneID:2

Home » NewHampshire.com » Outdoors » State Parks

April 19. 2011 9:31PM

Odiorne Point State Park


 (J. Dennis Robinson)

Odiorne Point is open daily year-round. Picnickers can enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and rocky shore, and explorers can uncover evidence of past military occupation. An extensive network of trails wind through the dense vegetation and traverse the park. The Seacoast Science Center which is located in the park has exhibits relating to the natural and human history of Odiorne and the seacoast area.

Other activities in the park include boating, fishing, hiking, biking, nature walks, and cross country skiing. Amenities offered include picnic tables, a boat launch, restrooms, a paved bicycle path, interpretive displays, and educational programs.

Location: Route 1A, Rye


Phone: 603-436-7406


Activities: Picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, nature walk, cross country skiing


Amenities: Picnic tables, boat launch, restrooms, paved bicycle path, interpretive displays, education programs

Operation Schedule: Year-round

Acreage: 331.5 acres

Waterfront: Atlantic Ocean & Little Harbor

NH State Parks Website

NH State Parks Pet Policy

History

In the dense growth of shrubs and vines covering much of the park's 330 acres, remnants of Odiorne's past silently remain ... reminders of other eras and stark contrasts ... idyllic summer estates and gaunt reminders of coastal fortifications. In terms of man and his settlement of this coastal land, Odiorne Point remained a true wilderness until almost 400 years ago. During summer migrations, Native Americans of Pennacook and Abnaki tribes visited the area which they called Pannaway. Permanent settlement began in the 1600s.

In 1623 an agent of England's Council for New England came to fish and trade in the New World. David Thomson journeyed to New England on the ship Jonathan to establish the first New Hampshire settlement at what would become Odiorne Point. Many others followed, and the original settlement grew and spread along the coast and up the river.

John Odiorne joined the settlement in 1660. He acquired several acres of land from the shoreline west into the marshes beyond. Like the others, he farmed and fished. The Odiornes remained on the property for several generations, always a part of the continuing changes in the Odiorne Point community.

By the 1700s the settlement was well established, but the governing and trading activities had moved north into the deep harbor area of Strawbery Banke (now Portsmouth). The farms of Odiorne Point helped to feed the burgeoning port of Portsmouth for about 150 years.

After the Civil War, farming gradually gave way to a colony of hotels and large summer homes. Generations of families spent their summers by the sea. In this era of large seaside resorts, a grand hotel called the Sagamore House was built on the property. Over the years, smaller parcels of land were sold for summer homes and estates. Formal gardens and tree-lined drives ornamented the properties. By the late 1930s, 17 families lived on Odiorne Point, including an eighth generation descendent of John Odiorne and the last of the Odiornes to live on the ancestral homestead.World War II brought drastic changes to the landscape and to the lives of these people who loved their land by the sea. In 1942, the federal government purchased all the property from Little Harbor to the Sunken Forest, as well as the adjacent marshland. Within a month the Odiornes and their neighbors were gone.

Military structures were quickly built to house personnel, armaments and supplies. Massive concrete casements, often called bunkers, were constructed and camouflaged with thick vegetation. Because of their open aspect to the sea, many of the estates were demolished, and Route 1A was closed. Odiorne Point became known as Fort Dearborn, and for nearly 20 years, was part of the chain of coastal defenses that protected Portsmouth Harbor and the Naval Shipyard. In the late 1950s, Fort Dearborn was declared surplus property. It was sold to the State of N.H. for $91,000 in 1961.




`

New Hampshire State Park and Beaches

Great North Woods

Nansen Wayside State Park

Located near the banks of the Androscoggin River, Nansen Wayside Park is a popular place for picnicking, fishing, and boating.

Umbagog Lake State Park

Umbagog Lake State Park is one of the newly acquired parks in the state system. The Division began managing the park in 1998. The...

Coleman State Park

Coleman State Park lies on the shore of Little Diamond Pond in Stewartstown, twelve miles east of Colebrook in New Hampshire's...

Beaver Brook Falls Wayside

Beaver Brook Falls Wayside is 7.3 acres in size and is a popular place for hiking. The Park has a scenic picnic area with picnic...

Androscoggin Wayside Park

On a bluff overlooking scenic Androscoggin River. The park lies within the Thirteen Mile Woods.

Mollidgewock State Park & Campground

Mollidgewock State Park lies along the shore of the Androscoggin River within Thirteen Mile Woods Scenic Area, approximately 28...

View from Milan Hill State Park Milan Hill State Park

Milan Hill State Park Campground is located near popular areas for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing. From this...

Lake Francis State Park

Lake Francis is a 2,000 acre lake in the Connecticut Lakes region of the Great North Woods. Hunters and anglers enjoy this park...

John Wingate Weeks Historic Site

The Mt. Prospect estate was built at the direction of John Wingate Weeks, leading conservationist, U.S. congressman, U.S.

Jericho Lake State Park

Just a few miles northwest of downtown Berlin you will find one of the newest additions to the state park system. Jericho...

Dixville Notch State Park

Dixville Notch State Park spans 127 acres. Within the park is a scenic gorge and waterfalls on two mountain brooks. Hiking trails...

White Mountains Region

Franconia Notch State Park

Located in the heart of the popular White Mountain National Forest. Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass traversed by a...

Mount Washington State Park

Mount Washington State Park, a 59-acre parcel perched on the summit of the Northeast's highest peak, is surrounded by the...

Moose Brook State Park

Located in the White Mountains Region, just north of the Presidential Range, Moose Brook State Park is in an area of unparalleled...

Lake Tarleton State Park

This 48-acre undeveloped park is easy to get to on Route 25C in Piermont. Lake Tarleton, at 315 acres, offers an unguarded...

Forest Lake State Park

Forest Lake State Park, one of the ten original state parks, was created in 1935. The park spans 397 acres and its 200-foot...

Eisenhower Memorial Wayside Park

This seven-acre memorial park, established in 1979 as a gift from the Bretton Woods Corporation, honors the late President Dwight...

Echo Lake State Park

Located just two miles from the shopping mecca of North Conway, Echo Lake is a great place to take the family for a swim and...

Crawford Notch State Park

6 miles of unspoiled rugged natural beauty in scenic mountain pass. Ideal for hiking, fishing and photography. Crossed by trails,...

Bedell Bridge State Park

Bedell Bridge State Park, located along the Connecticut River, is 38 acres in size and a great place for picnicking, fishing, or...

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee

Winslow State Park

Winslow State Park is located on the northwest slope of Mt. Kearsarge in Wilmot, New Hampshire. The picnic area is on an...

Sculptured Rocks Natural Area

Sculptured Rocks Natural Area is a unique example of nature's powerful yet delicate artistry. The Cockermouth River carved a...

Rollins State Park

Located in the town of Warner, Rollins State Park is situated on the south slope of Mt. Kearsarge.

Pillsbury State Park

Heavily wooded and sprinkled with several ponds and wetlands, Pillsbury State Park is one of the more primitive and lesser known...

Mount Sunapee State Park

This major recreation area in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region offers year-round activities. In the winter, alpine skiing is...

Gardner Memorial Wayside Park

Gardner Memorial Wayside Park is part of Gile State Forest, which spans 6,675 acres. The Wayside includes a memorial to Walter C.

Lakes Region

White Lake State Park

Some of the best swimming in the White Mountain region can be found in 140-acre White Lake State Park in Tamworth.

Madison Boulder Natural Area

Madison Boulder is the largest known erratic in New England, and among the largest in the world. Madison Boulder is a huge...

Cardigan State Park

Cardigan State Park spans 5,655 acres and is an excellent area for hiking. A mountain road leads to trails on the west slope of...

Ahern State Park

Ahern State Park spans 128 acres, with 3,500 feet of shoreline on Lake Winnisquam. Activites in the park include fishing,...

Monadnock Region

Rhododendron State Park

Rhododendron State Park is named after the 16-acre grove of Rhododendron Maximum, which is the focal point of the park. A 0.6...

Pisgah State Park

Pisgah State Park includes over 13,500 acres of rough forested terrain, encompassing a complete watershed north of the Ashuelot...

Monadnock State Park

With its 5,000 acres of protected highlands, 3,165-ft. Mt. Monadnock was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1987. There...

Miller State Park

Located on the 2,290-foot summit and flank of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough, Miller is the oldest state park in New Hampshire. A...

Greenfield State Park

Tucked away in this 400-acre park in the southwest corner of the Granite State are ponds, bogs and a forest that extends to the...

Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area

Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area spans 13 acres. It offers great opportunities for hiking, as you explore the footpaths along the...

Annett Wayside Park

Near the Cathedral of the Pines National Shrine. Located in Annett State Forest.

Merrimack Valley

Silver Lake State Park

Silver Lake State Park spans 80 acres and its sandy 1,000-foot beach curves along 34-acre Silver Lake. Popular activities in the...

Pawtuckaway State Park

Pawtuckaway State Park offers a variety of landscapes, with something to do and see for everyone. There are many opportunities...

Northwood Meadows State Park

This wooded park with pond and wetlands is excellent for nature walks. Universally accessible trails and fishing.

Clough State Park

Located about five miles east of the town of Weare, Clough State Park is located on the shore of Everett Lake, a 150-acre lake...

Bear Brook State Park

Bear Brook, with nearly 10,000 acres, is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire. Located in the southeast region of...

Seacoast Region

North Hampton State Beach

Ocean swimming, metered parking, parking along highway, lifeguards, restrooms. Great family beach with an oceanfront setting.

North Beach

North Beach is a great family location with an Atlantic ocean-front setting - its sandy beach is ideal for swimming and...

Hampton State Beach

Hampton Beach State Park provides year-round recreation, with Atlantic ocean-front facilities situated along miles of sandy...

Rye Harbor State Park

Rye Harbor State Park affords scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Rye Harbor, also called Ragged Neck. Favorite activities...

Odiorne Point State Park

Odiorne Point is open daily year-round. Picnickers can enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and rocky shore, and explorers can...

Kingston State Park

Kingston State Park is only 14 miles from the New Hampshire seacoast and is close to many attractions such as Canobie Lake Park,...

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
  

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Outdoors, Sports and Recreation
Family, Community and Culture
Arts and Entertainment