The Best Outdoor Activities in New Hampshire

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike to the Summit of Mount Monadnock

New Hampshire / White Dot Trailhead

Monadnock State Park is located in and around the 3,165-ft. Mount Monadnock. Mount Monadnock is criss-crossed by many miles of well-maintained hiking trails. The popular White Dot Trail (2.

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Hike Lonesome Lake

New Hampshire / Franconia Notch, NH

The Franconia Notch area of New Hampshire has many roadside adventures to go on, bringing in thousands of visitors every year, but my favorite place in the notch is Lonesome Lake. At 1.

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Hike Tuckerman's Ravine Trail on Mt. Washington

New Hampshire / Pinkham Notch

While this trail is open year round with winter hiking/skiing down the ravine walls, this entry will focus on hiking in the warmer months.

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Hike the Franconia Ridge Loop

New Hampshire / Franconia Notch, NH

Starting from the parking lot, the two trails initially begin together. Less than a mile in the trails split into Old Bridle Path to the left, and Falling Waters Trail to the right.

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Hike the Flume Gorge

New Hampshire / Flume Gorge Parking Area

The Flume Gorge in Franconia State Park is beautiful year round and every season has it's unique benefits.

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Backpack the Franconia Ridge Loop

New Hampshire / Franconia Notch, NH

This is a multi-day backpacking loop in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire (located in the the White Mountains).

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Hike Mt. Crawford

New Hampshire / Mt. Crawford

Don't let the relatively short 2.5 mile hike up Mt. Crawford fool you, you certainly work for the amazing views from the summit.

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Explore Sabbaday Falls

New Hampshire / Sabbaday Falls Parking Area

This awesome waterfall is located right off of the Kancamagus Highway (rt 112) that runs from Lincoln to North Conway, NH.

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Drive the Kancamagus Highway

New Hampshire / Kancamagus Highway

The Kancamagus Highway is designated an American Scenic Byway. It cuts through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The highest point along the drive is 3000 feet.

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Camp at Lafayette Campground, White Mountains

New Hampshire / Lafayette Campground

The White Mountains offer some of the most prime foliage sightseeing (aka 'leaf peeping') in New England.

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Hike to Bondcliff

New Hampshire / Lincoln Woods Trailhead

Park at the Lincoln Woods Visitors Center off the Kancamagus Highway where the Lincoln Woods Trailhead begins.

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Hike to Mount Willard

New Hampshire / Mt. Willard Trailhead

This hike begins at the trailhead behind Crawford Depot. The first 1/4 mile of the trail is relatively level. You will cross two small streams before the trail begins to steepen.

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Hiking at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge

New Hampshire / Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge (Airport Road Trailhead)

As hiking in the White Mountain area goes, this is a pretty easy one. This is a family friendly hike along a rail trail and well maintained forest trails.

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Hike to the Summit of Cannon Mountain via Kinsman Ridge trail

New Hampshire / Cannon Mountain Trail Head

Driving north on I-93 in New Hampshire, Cannon Mountain can be seen on the left just a few miles after exit 32. It is a massive cliff that towers over the highway, thousands-of-feet tall.

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Explore the Basin in Franconia Notch

New Hampshire / The Basin Upper Parking Area

The Basin is just one stop on the Pemigewasset Recreational Trail that follows along I-93 through Franconia Notch.

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Hike Pulpit Rock Conservation Area

New Hampshire / Kennard Trailhead

We began our hike at Kennard Trailhead, which is easy to miss if you aren’t looking for it.

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Hike Falling Waters Trail

New Hampshire / Falling Waters Trail

Falling Waters Trail takes you up to the summit of Little Haystack Mountain, and Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette if you continue to the Franconia Ridge Trail / Appalachian Trail, then over to Old B.

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Hike to the Top of Table Rock

New Hampshire / Dixville Notch SP Pull-Off

Though the trail may seem a bit daunting at first (especially for beginners), this out-and-back hike isn't all that difficult.

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Hike to Frankenstein Cliffs

New Hampshire / Frankenstein Cliffs Trailhead

The Frankenstein Cliff trailhead is located in Crawford Notch State Park directly off of Route 302.

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Hike Mount Moosilauke via Gorge Brook Trail

New Hampshire / George Brook Trailhead

Mount Moosilauke is a 4000 footer located in the White Mountain Range of New Hampshire. The summit peaks at 4,802 feet with a prominence of 2,933 feet.

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Backpack to Osgood Tentsite and Hike Mount Madison

New Hampshire / Great Gulf Wilderness Trailhead

Begin at Great Gulf Trailhead (located on the west side of NH Route 16, about 1.5 mi. south of the junction with Dolly Copp Rd.) which offers a large fee for parking lot.

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Hike the Lafayette-Lincoln Loop

New Hampshire / Mt. Tecumseh Trailhead

Begin at the Mt. Tecumseh trailhead. You will hike for 1.2 miles before your first vista. Continue from there another mile until you arrive at the junction with the Sosman Trail.

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Hike to the Summits of Mt. Jackson and Mt. Pierce

New Hampshire / AMC Highland Center

From I93 take exit 35 onto rt 3. Follow that until you get to a four way intersection. Take a right onto rt 302 and follow that until you see an AMC information building on the right.

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Photograph Lupines in Sugar Hill

New Hampshire / Sugar Hill

Every year, more or less around the second week of June, the village of Sugar Hill boasts a magnificent show of lupines.

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Hike the Franconia Range

New Hampshire / Whitehouse Trailhead

You will want to spot cars for this traverse.  Starting at the Whitehouse trailhead you will follow the Whitehouse trail for 0.

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Hike Mt. Carrigain

New Hampshire / Signal Ridge Trailhead

Park on Sawyer River Road at the Signal Ridge Trailhead. Trail starts out as a mild climb and meanders with the Whiteface Brook. When you arrive at the Carrigain Notch Trail junction, turn left.

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Summit Mount Jefferson, Mount Clay, and Mount Washington

New Hampshire / Caps Ridge Trailhead

Hike with at least one other and take two cars. First drop one car at the Cog Railway parking lot (Base Station Rd, Bretton Woods, NH).

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Photograph Fall Foliage on the Kancamagus Highway

New Hampshire / Kancamagus Highway - Route 112

Driving the Kancamagus Highway is something you can do as a way to cross the White Mountain National Forest quickly from I-93 in the east to Conway, or it can be an entire day's activity.

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Relax at Prescott Park

New Hampshire / Prescott Park

Prescott Park is a waterfront park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire that is famous for its extensive flower gardens.

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Drive around Newfound Lake

New Hampshire / W Shore Rd, Wellington SP

As a kid, I spent many of my summer and winter vacations on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire and can say without a doubt that it is one of the first places to spark my love for the outdoors.

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Hike the Northern Presidentials

New Hampshire / Appalachia Trailhead

The Presidential Range is a mountain range located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. They contain the highest peaks of the Whites and are named after Presidents of the U.S.

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Hike East Osceola Mountain

New Hampshire / Greeley Pond Trailhead

Start out at the Greeley Pond trailhead off of the Kancamagus Highway. After 1.3 miles the trail splits--bear right to get onto the Mt. Osceola Trail. Continue 1.5 miles to the summit.

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Hike Artists Bluff

New Hampshire / Artists Bluff Trail

Starting from the Bald Mountain trailhead, the Artists Bluff trail takes you up a short but steep 1.5 mile path to a beautiful rocky overlook of Franconia Notch State Park.

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Hike Mount Jefferson

New Hampshire / Caps Ridge Trailhead

Mount Jefferson stands at 5712 feet, the third tallest mountain of the Presidential's in the White Mountain National Forest. The trail head begins at the Caps Ridge Trail on Jefferson Notch Rd.

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Ski or Snowshoe to High Cabin

New Hampshire / Cardigan Lodge Parking Lot

High Cabin, located in Cardigan State Forest, is owned and operated by the Appalacian Mountian Club (AMC). It was originally built in 1931 and since renovated in 2004.

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Hike to Kinsman Pond

New Hampshire / The Basin Upper Parking Area

Our hike began at the Basin, which is a clearly marked exit directly off 93. If you are coming from the Northbound side, walk under the bridge beneath 93 to get to the beginning of the trail.

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Hike Cathedral Ledge

New Hampshire / Cathedral Ledge Trailhead

During spring, summer and fall there is a road that allows you to drive to the top of Cathedral Ledge. In winter the road is closed off to vehicles so reaching the top requires a 1.7 mile hike.

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Hike to Greenleaf Hut via Old Bridle Path

New Hampshire / Old Brindle Path Trailhead

To hike to the Appalachian Mountain Club's Greenleaf Hut, the best route for a day hike there and back is the Old Bridle Path.

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Hike Middle Tripyramid Mountain Loop

New Hampshire / Pine Bend Brook Trailhead

Start out on the Pine Bend Brook Trail. After 3.2 miles you will arrive at a junction with the Scaur Ridge Trail. Stay right to continue on Pine Bend Brook.

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Hike the Mt. Moosilauke Glencliff Trail

New Hampshire / Glencliff/Hurricane Trailhead

To get to the trailhead, take the 25N, turn right onto High Street and continue along this road until it comes to an end.

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Hiking Pack Monadnock at Miller State Park

New Hampshire / Marion Davis and Wapack Trails

Miller State Park is the oldest State park in New Hampshire and offers the perfect spring, summer or fall hike.

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Hike the Lockes Hill Trail

New Hampshire / Lockes Hill Parking Area

This trail, beginning at a parking lot adjacent to the lake, leads to one of the best views of Lake Winnipesaukee.

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Snowshoe Mount Pierce

New Hampshire / AMC Highland Center

The hike begins right across from the AMC Highland Center, which is great because you can utilize their spacious parking lot! Once you locate the trailhead, the elevation begins almost immediately.

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Bike Franconia Notch Bike Path

New Hampshire / Flume Gorge Parking Area

For the point to point option first drop a car off at one end of the trail then return to the other.

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Drive Mt. Washington Auto Road

New Hampshire / Mt. Washington Auto Road

Starting at roughly 3,000ft above sea level the Mt.

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Hike the White Dot-White Cross Loop at Mount Monadnock

New Hampshire / Mount Monadnock Headquarters

The White Dot trail is the shortest, steepest ascent to the summit, while White Cross has a slightly easier grade down with very little difference in distance.

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Summit Mt. Monadnock via Marlboro Trail

New Hampshire / Mount Monadnock

Start at the Marlboro Trailhead (you can enter this in Google maps) off Shaker Road. There's parking and porta-potty bathrooms. The trail is well-marked with white dashes/M marks all the way up.

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Hike the Imp Face Trail

New Hampshire / Imp Trailhead

Start a few miles north of the Joe Dodge Lodge and Pinkham Notch. If starting in Gorham, the trailhead is 6-8 miles south and will be on the east side of the road.

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Summit Mount Hancock and South Hancock

New Hampshire / Hancock Trailhead

The Hancock trailhead is located at the infamous hairpin turn of the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains.

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Hike to the Oak Hill Fire Tower

New Hampshire / Shaker Road Parking Area

Climbing to the Fire Tower on Oak Hill is a great urban adventure, short enough for a lunch break trail run or a morning hike with the family.

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Hike the Welch Mountain and Dickey Mountain Loop

New Hampshire / Welch-Dickey Trailhead

This is a very well-marked and traveled trail, marked with yellow blazes. Start off at the trailhead (easy parking, $3 fee) and be sure to go counter-clockwise for the best route.

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Hike Cardigan Mountain via the West Ridge Trail

New Hampshire / Cardigan Mountain Parking Lot

Cardigan Mountain is located in Cardigan Mountain State forest just outside of Canaan, New Hampshire.

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Winter Hike North Kinsman

New Hampshire / Lafayette Campground

 Park at Lafayette Place right off of I-93. It is one of the most accessible trail heads to hit a “4,000 footer” in the White Mountains and has plenty parking.

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Winter Hike up Mount Lafayette

New Hampshire / Mount Lafayette Trailhead

To start this hike, you can park right at the trailhead in a parking lot off of 93. This is a hike up a mountain so the entire hike is pretty challenging.

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Winter Ascent of Mt. Washington Via Lion Head Trail

New Hampshire / Pinkham Notch

Park at the Pinkham Notch visitor center off of Route 16, your stopping point for all things Tuckerman’s Ravine and Mt. Washington related.

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Hike Mt. Liberty and Camp at Liberty Springs Tent Site

New Hampshire / Mt. Liberty

Liberty Springs Trail is a moderately trafficked out and back trail in the heart of Franconia Notch State Park and the White Mountains.

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Hike Mt. Pierce

New Hampshire / Crawford Connector Trailhead

Mount Pierce (elevation 4312 ft.) is part of the Presidential Region in the White Mountain National Forest.

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Hike the Tripyramids Loop

New Hampshire / Tripyramids Trailhead

The trailhead is located along Tripoli Road at a large parking area known as Livermore S. Trailhead.  There is a $5.00 a day parking pass required.  The first 3.

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Hike Mt. Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and Jewell Trail

New Hampshire / Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

To begin this hike, drive to Marshfield Station on Base Station Road in Jefferson, NH. There are several large parking lots capable of holding both hiker and Cog Railway traffic even on busy days.

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Snowshoe Mount Jackson

New Hampshire / Webster-Jackson Trailhead

The hike starts across the street from the AMC Highland Center on route 302, which means there is plenty of parking and when you finish there is a fireplace and snacks to warm up with! It starts at t.

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Summit Mount Waumbek via the Starr King Trail

New Hampshire / Starr King Trailhead

The hike starts out at the Starr King trailhead because you will summit Starr King Mountain (3,907 ft - so close to being a 4000 footer!) before moving on to Waumbek. The 2.

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Hike Mount Moosilauke via Beaver Brook Trail

New Hampshire / Beaver Brook Trailhead

The trailhead is located along Lost River Road.  There is a $5.00 day use parking pass required.   The trail starts off on the Beaver Brook Trail (also the Appalachian Trail).

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Hike to Fourth Connecticut Lake

New Hampshire / Fourth Connecticut Trail

The Fourth Connecticut Lake is a northern glacial tarn, just 2.5 acres in surface area. The mighty Connecticut River is just a small babbling brook as it leaves Fourth Connecticut Lake.

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Snowshoe to Carter Notch Hut

New Hampshire / 19 Mile Brook Trailhead

The nineteen mile brook trail is a winding path up approximately 2200 feet of elevation over the course of 3.9 miles.

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