29-What a View! – Weeks SP

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place with a view like this!  Weeks State Park is perched on top of Mt. Prospect, midway between Lancaster and Whitefield NH.

Towards the east.

On the mountaintop you’ll find the home of John Wingate Weeks, former senator and author of the Weeks Act, which created the National Forests and took a major step forward towards conservation of the nation’s natural resources.  He also built a tower, since incorporated into the NH fire tower system.

A working fire tower adds to the appeal of this park.

Although there are few of the original furnishings, there are still moose and elk heads decorating either end of the huge upstairs lodge hall.  If it’s a cold and windy day, the picture windows in this hall may be your best vantage point to sample the amazing views that this location affords.

Inside the upstairs great hall.

If it’s just another beautiful New Hampshire day, like the day I visited, you can get more view from the fire tower or by a short 1-minute stroll to the northern viewpoint found on the nature trail.

From the northern viewpoint.

Which has better views, the house or the tower? You can choose for yourself but I’d say it’s a tossup.

There’s a short, (5-minute) paved road to the top, which has several stops with fantastic views along the way.   If you arrive during off-hours, you can still hike to the top.  I noticed a trail to the top just off Reed Road, which abuts the northern edge of the property, and there appear to be more trails as well, although I couldn’t find a trail map online.

The house above and caretaker’s cottage below.

All in all, this park makes a nice little stop.  It’s a popular spot for weddings, too.  Happy travels!
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