Bear Brook State Park
Bear Brook State Park - Beaver Pond.JPG
Beaver Pond as seen from the Beaver Pond Trail near the campground
LocationAllenstown and Hooksett in Merrimack County;
Deerfield and Candia in Rockingham County,
New Hampshire
Coordinates43°06′25″N 71°21′07″W / 43.107°N 71.352°W / 43.107; -71.352Coordinates: 43°06′25″N 71°21′07″W / 43.107°N 71.352°W / 43.107; -71.352[1]
Area10,083 acres (4,080 ha)[2]
Elevation617 feet (188 m)[1]
Administered byNew Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation
DesignationNew Hampshire state park
WebsiteBear Brook State Park

Bear Brook State Park is a 10,000-acre (4,000 ha) preserve in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and neighboring towns. It is one of New Hampshire's largest state parks.[4]

Amenities at Bear Brook include camp sites, a picnic area, over 40 miles (64 km) of hiking trails, swimming and fishing ponds, archery range, camp store, a ball field, playground, bathhouse, shelters, picnic tables, canoe and rowboat rentals, and a physical fitness course. The park is home to the New Hampshire Snowmobile Museum, Old Allenstown Meeting House, and the Richard Diehl Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum, which are in historic buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.[5]

The park takes its name from Bear Brook, a stream which runs through the park. Its environment is that of the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion.[6]

Canoe on Spruce Pond
Canoe on Spruce Pond

In 1985 and 2000, the remains of four females were found in the park. In January 2017, a suspect in the case was identified as Terry Peder Rasmussen (also known by several aliases)[7][8] who had died in prison in 2010.[9] In June 2019, three of the females were identified.[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Bear Brook State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ "State Lands" (PDF). New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development. July 2007. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  3. ^ Lisa Mausolf, Preservation Consultant (March 2019). "New Hampshire State Parks: Mid-Century Modern (1945-1975): Historic Context Study" (PDF). New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation. p. 20. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "Bear Brook State Park". New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  5. ^ "Hard times legacy: New Deal projects employed thousands back then, and remain as historical, and sometimes sentimental, landmarks". May 17, 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  6. ^ Olson, D.M.; Dinerstein, E.; et al. (2001). "Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth". BioScience. 51 (11): 933–938. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2001)051[0933:TEOTWA]2.0.CO;2.
  7. ^ "N.H. Authorities identify mysterious serial killer - the Boston Globe". The Boston Globe.
  8. ^ "Allenstown Suspect Identified | News Releases | NH Department of Justice".
  9. ^ Connor, Tracy (January 26, 2017). "Drifter Bob Evans Eyed as Serial Killer, Tied to N.H. Murders". NBC News. NBC. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  10. ^ Hershberger, Andy (6 June 2019). "Woman, 2 children found in barrels in state park identified, officials say". WMUR. Retrieved 6 June 2019.