Map of New England's Protected Areas
This interactive map shows the Locations, Names, Areas, and Details of National Parks, State Parks, National Forests, Tribal, and other Public Lands of New England (without Maine). It also shows major cities and rivers for context. For more detail, zoom in. For more information, hover over the map, or scroll down.
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Geography of New England
New England is famous for foods like clam chowder, Vermont maple syrup, Maine lobsters, turkey, Boston baked beans, and Boston cream pie.
New England is in the northeastern United States and includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. For convenience, this map only includes all these states, except for Maine. (Maine has its own map!)
The mountains, rolling hills, and jagged coastline of New England resulted from retreating ice sheets during the last ice age. The coastline extends from southwestern Connecticut to northeastern Maine and is dotted with hills, swamps, lakes, and beautiful sandy beaches.
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Looking further inland, we see the Appalachian Mountains, which extend through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.
The White Mountains in New Hampshire have the highest peak in the northeastern U.S., at an elevation of 6,288 feet (1,917 meters).
According to the Mount Washington Observatory, Mount Washington, which is in the White Mountain range, held the record for the fastest wind gust on the planet.
The gust clocked in at 231 miles (372 kilometers) an hour in April 1934. That record was beaten in 1996 in Australia.
The Connecticut River is the longest in the area, flowing from northeastern New Hampshire for about 407 miles (655 kilometers) and empties into the Long Island Sound. Lake Champlain is the largest lake in the region between New York and Vermont.
New England's Wildlife
Weasels, martens, minks, coyotes, opossums, various species of squirrels and rabbits, and moose are some of the mammals living in the New England region.
Treecreepers, osprey, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, swifts, and kingfishers are only a few birds that call the New England region home. Over 4,000 species of birds are residents, bred, or migrate to the area.
New England is full of native edible landscapes, including beach plums, elderberries, New Jersey tea, groundnuts, and fox grapes. The wildflowers that bloom around the states are incredible and include native species like bloodroot, boneset, violets, ox-eye daisies, and trout lilies.
Red maple, sweet bay magnolia, and green ash are among the native trees in the area.
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New England's Climate
The weather patterns throughout New England are highly variable, with the climate varying throughout the states as well.
For instance, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont experience a humid continental short summer climate with cool summers and long, frigid winters.
While Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut experience a humid continental long summer, consisting of hot summers and cold winters.
Typically, the average rainfall in New England ranges from 3 to 5 feet (40 to 60 inches) of rain yearly.
According to Time and Date, the hottest month in New England is July, with an average median temperature of 70℉ (21℃) and highs in the 80s (26.6℃).
The coldest month is January, averaging around 21℉ (-6℃), a low of 12℉ (-11℃), and a high of 30℉ (-1℃).
Summer and autumn are the best times to visit the New England states. The weather is perfect for outdoor recreation, the scenery is beautiful, and there is always something exciting taking place.
Outstanding Parks in New England
Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore is the red area southwest of Fairbanks.
The mix of cultural landscapes, wild cranberry bogs, and lighthouses offer Cape Cod visitors a glimpse into the region's past and their continuing ways of life.
There are activities for people of all ages. Visitors may hit the beach for some fun in the sun, go for a swim, build sandcastles, and work on their tan.
Hiking and biking trails are scattered throughout the park. There are at least seven different paths, including the Nauset Marsh and the Great Island.
The park features three bike trails; Head of The Meadow in Truro, Nauset in Eastham, and Province Lands in Provincetown.
In addition to the designated trails, bikes are allowed on unpaved pathways (fire roads), paved roads, and parking areas. However, bicycles are not permitted on any of the hiking trails.
The Province Lands and Salt Pond Visitor Centers are excellent places to begin a Cape Cod National Seashore adventure.
Each center has its own features. Province Land has exhibits teaching about the nature and history of the area and operates as an orientation facility. Salt Pond features a museum and theater.
In addition, the park is filled with wildlife. There are over 450 animals thanks to its diverse coastal ecosystems, including piping plovers and many migratory birds.
Waters surrounding the park have horseshoe crabs, cod, Bluefish, Flounder, Mackerel, Blue Fin, Yellow Fin Tuna, sharks, and many more.
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Appalachian National Scenic Trail (New England Area)
Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the red area in southeastern New England.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,190-mile (3,524 kilometers) footpath through the wilderness and spans from Mount Katahdin in Maine to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts before finally crossing into Connecticut and beyond; Travel Planner.
It can take months for someone to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. That being said, the scenery and surroundings are breathtaking. Most hikers choose a section to complete. The trail is not dry and is not easy.
There are various backcountry sites along the trail in designated areas. Camping is only permitted in the designated areas for a certain amount of time; guests can stay a maximum of one week at many sites.
Numerous trailheads can access the trail throughout the different states it travels through. Every state has a different "famous" location where hikers can stop in and check things out.
These locations may be cafes, restaurants, National Monuments, state parks, and historical places of interest.
Franconia Notch State Park
Franconia Notch is the lime park north of Concord, New Hampshire, in the heart of White Mountain National Forest.
This incredible mountain pass is crossed by a distinctive parkway (I-93) that extends from Flume Gorge to Echo Lake. I-93 winds between the amazing peaks of the Franconia and Kinsman mountain ranges for 8-miles.
Franconia Notch was and still is known as the home of the Old Man of The Mountain or "Great Stone Face".
According to the Concord Monitor, in May of 2003, the iconic Face of the Old Man of The Mountain disappeared during a storm that caused the rocks to fall. However, that never stopped visitors from coming out to the park; Concord Monitor.
Flume Gorge and the Ariel Tramway are two of Franconia Notch's most popular features. Flume Gorge is a natural gorge stretching 800 feet (243 meters) at the base of Mt. Liberty.
The walls seem gigantic as they reach a height between 70 to 90 feet (21 to 27 meters). Flume Trail is a two-mile loop and is an easy to moderate hike.
Visitors can enjoy a swim at Echo Lake, visit the New England Ski Museum, and netting trout while fly fishing.
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Pawtuckaway State Park
Pawtuckaway is the lime park east of Concord, New Hampshire.
This state park is beautiful and has different picturesque sceneries.
The beach on the lake is excellent for swimming. Outdoor enthusiasts come for recreational opportunities, including boating, hiking, biking, picnicking, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.
The hiking trails lead to places of interest like the mountaintop fire tower and an extensive marsh. There is also a field, where glacial erratics or large boulders were deposited near the end of the last Ice Age.
Wildlife at the park include beavers, deer, and blue herons.
Camping makes a weekend or week at the park possible. Visitors can choose from remote campsites, developed sites, and a yurt or cabin rentals. Park visitors can go skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing during the winter months.
Horseback riding is another popular activity at the park. It only costs a few bucks per person to enter the park, and if you need to rent a kayak or canoe, you can.
Pawtuckaway is a pet-friendly park, so you can bring your furry best friend along for the adventure; Pawtuckaway.
Natural Bridge State Park
Natural Bridge State Park is the lime speck in the northwestern corner of Massachusetts.
Natural Bridge State Park is the home of the only natural white marble arch in the United States. The bridge arches over a beautiful babbling brook carved out by glacial meltwater over the course of 500-million years.
The brook winds and spills through a rather steep 60-foot (18 meters) gorge, which demonstrates the glacial erosion throughout New England.
Park visitors can observe a man-made white marble dam (the only one in the U.S.) and tour an abandoned marble quarry. Hiking, fishing, and educational programs are a few of the popular activities at Natural Bridge.
Bring your family for a day of fun and exciting discoveries at the park. Picnic areas with grills are available.
The Visitor Center should be your first stop to learn more about the park and any programs taking place.
Natural Bridge State Park is seasonal and is open from the middle of May to the middle of October. Their hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4:30p.m. every day; Natural Bridge.
Robinson State Park
Robinson State Park is the lime speck southwest of Springfield, MA.
This park is full of incredible wildlife, including rare turtles and dragonflies.
Visitors come to enjoy the serenity and beauty but also to explore. According to the Final Odonate Report, in 2017, 47 species of dragonflies were found and 8 were rare.
Hike along a part of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trails or spend some time checking out the historic buildings.
The park has over 20 miles (32 kilometers) of trails for mountain biking, don't forget to enjoy the views. Hike the paved road along the Westfield River or through the beautiful forest.
Aside from hiking and biking, outdoor enthusiasts come to the park to canoe, kayak, cross-country ski, fish, horseback ride, and swim. There are picnic pavilions with grills and a gazebo; Robinson.
Colt State Park
This state park is the lime area in western Rhode Island.
Colt State Park has over 400 acres of lawns, hiking trails, beautiful historic stone walls, an incredible shoreline, and 4-miles of paved pathways.
The park is only minutes away from the Historic Center of Bristol, which is home to the oldest Fourth of July parades in the United States.
Coggeshall Farm Museum is a living history museum that represents how farm life was during the 1790s and is adjacent to the historic center.
Hiking and biking trails make exploring the park a wonderful experience. There are stroller-friendly paths that make adventuring with little ones quite effortless; Colt.
Devil's Hopyard State Park
Devil's Hopyard State Park is a lime speck northwest of New London, Connecticut.
There are several stories revolving around the Devil's Hopyard. As some accounts suggest, are the round holes in the falls the devil's work? Or did nature, water, and time leave their natural mark on the area for future generations to marvel at?
Hiking, biking, birdwatching, wildlife observation, picnicking, and fishing are some of the activities visitors enjoy.
Devil's Hopyard Campground features 21 campsites in a beautiful wooded setting. Youth Group campsites are also available for qualifying youth organizations; Devil's Hopyard.
Lake Waramaug State Park
Lake Waramaug State Park is the lime speck northwest of Waterbury, CT.
The park consists of 95 acres of land. Visitors come to fish, hike, camp, swim, and car-top boating. If you don't have a kayak or canoe, no problem; the park rents out that equipment to park visitors.
Quechee State Park
Quechee State Park is the small lime area south of Montpelier in Vermont.
Quechee is along U.S. Route 4, and it's a popular tourist destination. Thousands of visitors come to the park every year. The Quechee Gorge is an astonishing place.
The main focal point of the park is the state's deepest gorge, which was formed by glacial activity around 13-thousand years ago.
The Ottauquechee River flows 165 feet below the great viewing points along U.S. Route 4.
The outdoor enthusiast can participate in all of the typical recreational activities with a view!
The park's spacious campsites make spending the weekend even more comfortable. Quechee.
Big Falls State Park
Big Falls State Park is the lime speck in northern Vermont.
The park is located on the Missisquoi River and is a sought-after spot for swimming and fishing.
The old-growth hemlock and pine stand are another magnet of the park. "Big Falls" is one of the largest undeveloped waterfalls on a major Vermont River.
Camping, rock and ice climbing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, running, biking, and so many recreational opportunities are possible at Big Falls; Big Falls.
List of Parks in Vermont
|National Park Service|
|White Rocks National Recreation Area||Appalachian National Scenic Trail|
|Aitken State Forest||Giffords Woods State Forest Park|
|Albert C Lord State Forest||Groton State Forest|
|Calvin Coolidge State Forest||Townshend State Forest|
|Green Mountain National Forest|
|National Wildlife Refuge|
|Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge||Silvio O. Conte N.W.R.|
|Alburg Dunes State Park||Lake St. Catherine State Park|
|Allis State Park||Lake Shaftsbury State Park|
|Big Deer State Park||Little River State Park|
|Bomoseen State Park||Lowell Lake State Park|
|Boulder Beach State Park||Maidstone State Park|
|Branbury State Park||Molly Stark State Park|
|Brighton State Park||Molly's Falls Pond State Park|
|Burton Island State Park||Mount Ascutney State Park|
|Button Bay State Park||Mount Philo State Park|
|Camel's Hump State Park||Muckross State Park|
|Camp Plymouth State Park||New Discovery State Park|
|Coolidge State Park||Niquette Bay State Park|
|Crystal Lake State Park||North Hero State Park|
|D.A.R. State Park||Quechee State Park|
|D&H Rail Trail||Ricker Pond State Park|
|Elmore State Park||Sand Bar State Park|
|Emerald Lake State Park||Sentinel Rock State Park|
|Fort Dummer State Park||Seyon Lodge State Park|
|Gifford Woods State Park||Silver Lake State Park|
|Grand Isle State Park||Smugglers' Notch State Park|
|Green River Reservoir State Park||Stillwater State Park|
|Half Moon Pond State Park||Sweet Pond State Park|
|Hazen's Notch State Park||Taconic Mountains Ramble State Park|
|Jamaica State Park||Thetford Hill State Park|
|Kamp Kill Kare State Park||Townshend State Park|
|Kettle Pond State Park||Underhill State Park|
|Kingsland Bay State Park||Waterbury Center State Park|
|Knight Island State Park||Wilgus State Park|
|Knight Point State Park||Woodford State Park|
|Lake Carmi State Park||Woods Island State Park|
|Darling State Park|
List of Parks in New Hampshire
|Ahern State Park||Madison Boulder Natural Area|
|Androscoggin Wayside Park||Milan Hill State Park|
|Bear Brook State Park||Miller State Park|
|Beaver Brook Falls Wayside||Mollidgewock State Park|
|Bedell Bridge State Historic Site||Monadnock State Park|
|Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway||Moose Brook State Park|
|Cannon Mountain Ski Area||Mt. Sunapee State Park|
|Cardigan Mountain State Park||Mt. Washington State Park|
|Cathedral Ledge State Park||Nansen Ski Jump State Historic Site|
|Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area||Nansen Wayside Park|
|Clough State Park||North Beach|
|Coleman State Park||North Hampton State Beach|
|Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Working Forest||Northwood Meadows State Park|
|Crawford Notch State Park||Odiorne Point State Park|
|Daniel Webster Birthplace||Pawtuckaway State Park|
|Deer Mountain Campground||Pillsbury State Park|
|Dixville Notch State Park||Pisgah State Park|
|Echo Lake State Park||Rhododendron State Park|
|Eisenhower Memorial Wayside||Robert Frost Farm Historic Site|
|Ellacoya State Park||Rollins State Park|
|Endicott Rock Historic Site||Rye Harbor State Park|
|Flume Gorge||Sculptured Rocks Natural Area|
|Forest Lake State Park||Silver Lake State Park|
|Fort Constitution Historic Site||South Beach - Hampton Beach State Park|
|Fort Stark State Historic Site||Taylor Mill Historic Site|
|Franconia Notch State Park||Umbagog Lake State Park|
|Franklin Pierce Homestead Historic Site||Wadleigh State Park|
|Gardner Memorial Wayside Park||Wallis Sands State Park|
|Governor Wentworth Historic Site||Weeks State Park|
|Greenfield State Park||Wellington State Park|
|Hampton Beach State Park||Wentworth State Park|
|Hannah Duston Memorial Historic Site||Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion|
|Jenness State Beach||White Island Historic Site|
|Jericho Mountain State Park||White Lake State Park|
|Kingston State Park||Winslow State Park|
|Lake Francis State Park||Lake Tarleton State Park|
|Milan Hill State Park||Robert Frost Farm Historic Site|
|Miller State Park||Rollins State Park|
|Mollidgewock State Park||Rye Harbor State Park|
|Monadnock State Park||Sculptured Rocks Natural Area|
|Moose Brook State Park||Silver Lake State Park|
|Mt. Sunapee State Park||South Beach - Hampton Beach State Park|
|Mt. Washington State Park||Taylor Mill Historic Site|
|Nansen Ski Jump State Historic Site||Umbagog Lake State Park|
|Nansen Wayside Park||Wadleigh State Park|
|North Hampton State Beach||Wallis Sands State Park|
|Northwood Meadows State Park||Weeks State Park|
|Odiorne Point State Park||Wellington State Park|
|Pawtuckaway State Park||Wentworth State Park|
|Pillsbury State Park||Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion|
|Pisgah State Park||White Island Historic Site|
|Rhododendron State Park||White Lake State Park|
|Winslow State Park|
|Bowditch-Runnells State Forest||Nottingham State Forest|
|Connecticut Lakes State Forest||Walker State Forest|
|Litchfield State Forest|
|National Park Service|
|Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park||Appalachian National Scenic Trail|
|White Mountain National Forest|
|National Wildlife Refuge|
|Wapack National Wildlife Refuge||Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge|
|Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge||Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge|
List of Parks in Massachussetts
|New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park|
|Cape Cod National Seashore|
|National Historic Sites|
|Dorchester Heights National Historic Site||John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site|
|F L Olmsted National Historic Site||Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site|
|Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site||Saugus Ironworks National Historic Site|
|National Historic Parks|
|Adams National Historical Park||Minute Man National Historical Park|
|Boston National Historic Park|
|Ames Nowell State Park||Mary O’Malley State Park|
|Ashland State Park||Massasoit State Park|
|Bash Bish Falls State Park||Maudslay State Park|
|Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park||Moore State Park|
|Borderland State Park||Mount Holyoke Range State Park|
|Bradley Palmer State Park||Mystic Lakes State Park|
|C.M. Gardner State Park||Natural Bridge State Park|
|Callahan State Park||Nickerson State Park|
|Chicopee Memorial State Park||Pearl Hill State Park|
|Clarksburg State Park||Pilgrim Memorial State Park|
|Cochituate State Park||Quinsigamond State Park|
|Connecticut River Greenway State Park||Robinson State Park|
|Demarest Lloyd State Park||Roxbury Heritage State Park|
|Dighton Rock State Park||Rutland State Park|
|Dunn State Park||Skinner State Park|
|Ellisville Harbor State Park||South Cape Beach State Park|
|Fall River Heritage State Park||Wahconah Falls State Park|
|Farnham-Connolly State Park||Watson Pond State Park|
|Great Brook Farm State Park||Webb Memorial State Park|
|Hampton Ponds State Park||Wells State Park|
|Holyoke Heritage State Park||Western Gateway Heritage State Park|
|Hopkinton State Park||Whitehall State Park|
|Lawrence Heritage State Park||Wompatuck State Park|
|Lowell Heritage State Park|
|Bashbish Falls State Forest||Myles Standish State Forest|
|Beartown State Forest||Nickerson State Forest Park|
|Brimfield State Forest||Northfield State Forest|
|Catamount State Forest||October Mountain State Forest|
|Chester-Blanford State Forest||Pittsfield State Forest|
|Clarksburg State Forest||Rehoboth State Forest|
|Daughters of the American Revolution State Forest||Sandisfield State Forest|
|Douglass State Forest||Savoy Mountain State Forest|
|Erving State Forest||Shawme-Crowell State Forest|
|Federated Womens Club State Forest||Spencer State Forest|
|Freetown Fall River State Forest||Sutton State Forest|
|Georgetown Rowley State Forest||Tolland State Forest|
|Granville State Forest||Upton State Forest|
|H O Cook State Forest||Wendell State Forest|
|Harold Parker State Forest||Willard Brook State Forest|
|J Harry Rich State Forest||Willowdale State Forest|
|Leominster State Forest||Windsor State Forest|
|Lowell-Dracut State Forest||Wrentham State Forest|
|Mount Washington State Forest|
|National Wildlife Refuges|
|Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge||Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge|
|Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge||Parker River National Wildlife Refuge|
List of Parks in Connecticut
|Bigelow Hollow State Park||Lake Waramaug State Park|
|Bigelow State Park||Lamentation Mountain State Park|
|Black Rock State Park||Macedonia Brook State Park|
|Bolton Notch State Park||Millers Pond State Park|
|Campbell Falls State Park||Mount Bushnell State Park|
|Chatfield Hollow State Park||Mount Tom State Park|
|Dennis Hill State Park||Old Furnace State Park|
|Devils Hopyard State Park||Osborndale State Park|
|Dinosaur State Park||Penwood State Park|
|Fort Griswold State Park||Putnam Memorial State Park|
|Fort Shantok State Park||Quaddick State Park|
|Gay City State Park||Quinnipiac River State Park|
|George C Waldo State Park||Rocky Glen State Park|
|Gillette Castle State Park||Rocky Neck State Park|
|Haddam Meadows State Park||Selden Neck State Park|
|Hammonasset State Park||Seth Pierrepont State Park|
|Harkness Memorial State Park||Sherwood Island State Park|
|Haystack Mountain State Park||Sleeping Giant State Park|
|Higganum Reservoir State Park||Southford Falls State Park|
|Hopeville Pond State Park||Squantz Pond State Park|
|Housatonic Meadows State Park||Stratton Brook State Park|
|Humaston Brook State Park||Wadsworth Falls State Park|
|Huntington State Park||West Peak State Park|
|Hurd State Park||Wharton Brook State Park|
|Indian Well State Park||Whittemore Glen State Park|
|Kent Falls State Park||Wooster Mountain State Park|
|Kettletown State Park|
|Algonquin State Forest||Naugatuck State Forest|
|American Legion State Forest||Nehantic State Forest|
|Cockaponset State Forest||Nepaug State Forest|
|Housatonic State Forest||Nipmuck State Forest|
|Mashamoquet Brook State Forest||Nye-Holman State Forest|
|Massacoe State Forest||Pachaug State Forest|
|Mattatuck State Forest||Paugnut State Forest|
|Meshomasic State Forest||Paugussett State Forest|
|Mohawk State Forest||Peoples State Forest|
|Nassahegan State Forest||Quaddick State Forest|
|Natchaug State Forest||Salmon River State Forest|
|Nathan Hale State Forest||Tunxis State Forest|
|Wyantenock State Forest|
|State Wildlife Areas|
|Black Pond Wildlife Area||Connecticut River Wildlife Area|
List of Parks in Rhode Island
|Beavertail State Park||Fort Wetherill State Park|
|Blackstone River Bikeway State Park||Goddard Memorial State Park|
|Brenton Point State Park||Haines Memorial State Park|
|Burlingame State Park||Lincoln Woods State Park|
|Colt State Park||Pulaski State Park|
|Fishermen's Memorial State Park||Rocky Point State Park|
|Fort Adams State Park||Snake Den State Park|
|World War II Memorial State Park|
Resources for New England's Protected Areas Map
The shapefiles with New England's state boundary lines, major rivers, and cities were downloaded from Natural Earth Data.
The Parks and Public Lands shapefiles for New England were downloaded from USGS.
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