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.

Jonathan Elsner
493 Saves

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.

Jon Secord
392 Saves

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.

Shannon Kalahan
375 Saves

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.

Heidi Dallas
313 Saves

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).

Christian Coxen
247 Saves

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.

Chris Mongeau
225 Saves

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.

Jon Secord
198 Saves

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.

Chris Mongeau
152 Saves

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.

Kyle Pierce
141 Saves

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.

Shannon Kalahan
130 Saves

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.

Rebecca Nichols
126 Saves

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.

Tyler Cranden
123 Saves

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.

Jacob Sells
122 Saves

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.

Kyle Pierce
108 Saves

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.

Hillary + Matt
87 Saves

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.

Chris Mongeau
82 Saves

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.

Tye Martinez
79 Saves

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.

Kelly Haugen
72 Saves

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.

Kyle Pierce
72 Saves

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.

Jonathan Elsner
69 Saves

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.

Leah Joy
69 Saves

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.

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.

Chris Mongeau
52 Saves

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).

Leah Joy
52 Saves

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.

Shannon Kalahan
49 Saves

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.

Leah Joy
44 Saves

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.

Chris Mongeau
43 Saves

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.

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.

Rebecca Nichols
40 Saves

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.

Chris Mongeau
38 Saves

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.

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.

James Lynch
32 Saves

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.

Sarah Giek
32 Saves

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.

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.

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.

Rebecca Nichols
31 Saves

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.

Jonathan Mundy
30 Saves

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.

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.

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.

Tennyson Tappan
27 Saves

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.

Leah Joy
24 Saves

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.

Chris Mongeau
23 Saves

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.

Russ Murphy
22 Saves

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.

Sonya LeClair
16 Saves

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.

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.

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.

Mike! Miller
7 Saves

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.

Sara Sheehy
7 Saves

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.

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.

Mike! Miller
2 Saves

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.