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Of all the public parks and beaches on New Hampshire’s seacoast, Odiorne Point State Park in Rye may have the most complicated history. For our month-long series Life on the Seacoast, NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on how a world war created a state park.

The state is offering free admission into any of its 29 day-use parks Thursday.

The state Division of Parks and Recreation is waiving admission to the parks tomorrow in celebration of the National Park Service's 100-year anniversary.

Visitors to the parks only need to say "Happy Birthday" to the park staff and the entire vehicle will get in free.

You can find the full list of participating state parks here

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We're checking in with New Hampshire’s state parks. We’ll look at the state park self-funding model, as well as progress on its strategic plan.

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We spoke with National Geographic Traveler Magazine editor-in-chief Keith Bellows about what makes a great beach town, and he gave us some idea locations all across the country. This inspired us to make a list of New Hampshire summer spots, with particular attention to one of the state’s specialties – lakes.  We’ve also squeezed a couple rivers in here as well.

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New Hampshire park officials have dropped plans to limit horseback riding to hard-pack trails at least eight feed wide after hearing objections from scores of horse owners.

Also gone from the proposed regulations are rules that would ban horseback riding on state land, including state parks. Riders also won't have to remove horse manure from trails, but the proposed rules do ask that they make reasonable efforts to scatter manure off the trails.

We sit down with George Bald, outgoing Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development.  Bald announced he’ll retire in November after serving nearly thirteen years as chief advocate for the state’s economy, promoting business development and overseeing travel and tourism, including the state park system. We’ll talk with him about his tenure.