New Hampshire National Parks Trails

To find trails in New Hampshire national parks, national monuments and other National Park Service locations, select a region or trail below.

Caribou Mountain :: White Mountain National Forest, NH

Caribou Mountain is in the heart of one of Maine’s only federally designated wildernesses. The hike up the mountain along Morrison Brook passes numerous waterfalls, including 30-foot Kees Falls. The falls drops from an exposed, flat ledge into a deep

Pemigewasset Wilderness-Eastern Loop :: White Mountain National Forest, NH

Soaring open summits, rushing waterways, and long easy-cruising sections of trail—this is the total Pemigewasset experience. The hike circles through the eastern half of the Pemigewasset Wilder- ness, lounges by the rushing Pemigewasset River, s

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge :: Portsmouth, NH

Hikers who explored this saltwater shoreline 15 years ago would have found themselves in trouble. Once part of the Pease Air Force Base where high-security nuclear bombers lumbered into the sky, this 1,000-acre tract has now been converted into a nat

Acadia National Park :: Twin Mountain, NH

One of Acadia’s many scenic ski tours follows the famous carriage roads and a hiking trail to the summit of Sargent Mountain, where there is excellent skiing on large snowfi elds overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

John Hay National Wildlife Refuge :: Newbury, NH

A surprising aspect of this magnificent estate, sited on a hill above the cooling waters of Lake Sunapee, is that the formal gardens and 100-foot portico do not command sweeping lake and mountain views. In a likely concession to modern sensibilities,

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge Trail :: Newington, NH

This is one of our favorite, easy-to-do walks in New Hampshire’s seacoast area. This local gem, one of more than 560 national wildlife refuges across the country protects more than 580 acres and 6.5 miles of shoreline along the picturesque Great Bay

Boulder Loop Trail :: Conway, NH

As you hike the Boulder Loop, you’ll feel as if you have your very own naturalist along. Equipped with a White Mountain National Forest interpretive leaflet (available at the trailhead or at the White Mountain National Forest Information Centers) tha

Rhododendron State Park :: Keene, NH

Designated a national natural landmark by the National Park Service, and New Hampshire’s only botanic site, Rhododendron State Park draws visitors into its looping paths of delicate beauty. The 0.6-mile Rhododendron Trail commences through stone post

Great Bay :: Newmarket, NH

A paddle along wooded shorelines and marshes with excellent wildlife-watching opportunities. While Great Bay is more than 13 miles upstream from the Atlantic Ocean, it is highly influenced by the changing tides: it is almost twice as large at high ti

Mount Whiteface :: Mount Tripyramid, NH

For more than a century, the Wonalancet Out Door Club (WODC) has maintained a collection of scenic and challenging trails that explore the White Mountain National Forest’s most southern range. Within this region’s sweeping ridgelines and steep mounta

Hemenway State Forest :: Tamworth, NH

Hemenway State Forest offers a little extra seclusion in an area dominated by Lake Winnipesaukee to the south and the White Mountain National Forest to the north. Trails are wide and the challenges varied along the chapter loop. Two highlights incl

Bridal Veil Falls Trail :: Bethlehem, NH

Bridal Veil Falls, one of the more captivating waterfalls in the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), tumbles down Coppermine Brook in the ravine between Cannon Mountain and the Cannon Balls. The Coppermine Trail leads gradually uphill for 2.4 mile

The Basin and Lonesome Lake Trail :: North Woodstock, NH

This is one of the most popular White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) hiking routes—and for good reason. The trail departs The Basin, an always crowded tourist attraction, to travel beside Cascade Brook for 2.5 miles to the remote shores of Lonesome

Zealand Notch Trail :: Fabyan, NH

As a long day hike or an overnight backpacking trip, the loop through Zealand Notch and over the Willey Range showcases the best of what the White Mountain National Forest has to offer. The 17-mile adventure travels through numerous forest and wetlan

Mount Carrigain Trail :: Livermore, NH

Atop the 4700-foot summit of Mount Carrigain, one stands at the center of the White Mountain National Forest. With more than forty of New Hampshire’s highest peaks in view, the large expanse of the Pemigewasset Wilderness spreading out below, and mos

Hedgehog Mountain Trail :: Passaconaway, NH

Within walking distance of one national forest campground and near two others, the Hedgehog Mountain loop is a pleasant half-day hike in the heart of the White Mountains. Primarily along moderate terrain, the route traverses changing forests before a

Forest Discovery Trail :: Lincoln, NH

Interpretive signs along the Forest Discovery Trail describe different techniques used by the White Mountain National Forest to manage the forest for multiple uses. You can walk the easy 1.5-mile loop in an hour, or linger longer if you want to sit a

Mountain Pond Trail :: North Conway, NH

If you've ever camped in a national park, you might have considered a walk-in tent site. Usually stationed not far from a road, these designated sites are designed to give the public the illusion of backcountry camping. If the thought of tenting in t

Mount Kearsage North :: North Conway, NH

Also known as Mount Pequawket this other pretender to the Kearsarge name rises instead near the border of Maine within sight of North Conway. The subject of a friendly rivalry over which summit rightfully claims a distinguished naval ship as its famo

The Kilkenny :: Gorham, NH

A mountain range in miniature, the Pilot Range rises above the Great North Woods of northern New Hampshire. Known as the Kilkenny, the surrounding region is set apart from the rest of White Mountain National Forest and is a landscape of roaming moo

Wild River Wilderness :: Gorham, NH

This Wilderness protects a broad watershed in the eastern White Mountain National Forest. Hemmed by the Carter and Baldface ranges, it is the second largest roadless area in New England and is much less traveled than most other areas in the Whites.

Long Pond :: Benton, NH

Long Pond, a beautiful wilderness pond in the white Mountain National Forest, offers on-site primitive camping. Loons nest here, and it’s an excellent location for otter, mink, beaver, and moose.

Willey House Loop :: Lincoln, NH

This hike traces an old railroad bed—replete with hundreds of ties and several bridges—deep into the East Branch Pemigewasset Valley of White Mountain National Forest. Beyond the old rail, views are inspiring of the river and the mountains that rise

Pinkham Notch Trail :: Glen House, NH

Icy streams, giant boulders, high bluffs, open ledges, and pretty woods make this half-day trip on Liebeskind’s Loop a winner. An added benefit is that the hike leaves from the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, where you can warm up, pick up supplies

Lake Tarleton :: Warren, NH

Lake Tarleton is located on the far western edge of the White Mountain National Forest, only a few miles from the Vermont border. While the western shore is home to a few houses and a large summer camp, the lake’s eastern shore is undeveloped and fun

Lake Tarleton :: Warren, NH

Lake Tarleton is located on the far western edge of the White Mountain National Forest, only a few miles from the Vermont border. While the western shore is home to a few houses and a large summer camp, the lake’s eastern shore is undeveloped and fun

Lincoln Woods / Pemi East Side Road Trails :: Lincoln, NH

The Lincoln Woods Cross-Country Ski Trails are a mellow winter playground for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. This is one of the most popular winter trail destinations in the White Mountain National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service maintains abou

B&M Trail :: Bretton Woods, NH

With an impressive backdrop of the rugged snow-capped Presidential Range and the beauty of the red-roofed Mount Washington Hotel, the Bretton Woods Cross-Country Ski Center serves up more than 60 miles of trails for skiers and snowshoers. Some 80 per

Pierce Reservation :: Stoddard, NH

A hike on trails and old woods roads to a secluded pond and excellent views from Bacon Ledge. The society for the protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) played a key role in the creation of the White Mountain National Forest in the early twentie

North Pack Monadnock :: Peterborough, NH

A moderate climb to excellent views of the Monadnock Region. Pack Monadnock in Peterborough, Temple, and Greenfield has two main summits, North and South, both of which are just less than 2,300 feet tall. South Pack is connected to North Pack by the

Wild River Trail :: Rim Junction, NH

Proposed to be New Hampshire’s newest wilderness area, the Wild River watershed forms the largest roadless non-wilderness area in the White Mountain National Forest. Surrounded by mountains and dissected by footpaths, this area has ample opportunitie

Mount Israel :: Center Sandwich, NH

Mount Israel Stands at the southern edge of the national forest, rising above the pastoral setting of rural New Hampshire towns that fill the gap between the lakes and the mountains. Despite its relatively low summit, which stands no higher than 2,63

Newbury Cut :: Newbury, NH

This ride's general location is Newbury. Scenery includes woods and rocks. Were is not for a fire in Montreal decades ago, this piece of the former Concord and Claremont Railroad might still be running trains. Newbury Cut is hailed as a marvel of

Lincoln Woods Trail (The Wilderness Trail) :: Lincoln, NH

Riding through mixed forest, you get views of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River and the White Mountains. The return side of this loop follows a section of the old East Branch and Lincoln logging railroad bed. An excellent waterfall and swimmi

Nancy Brook Scenic Area :: Bartlett, NH

Located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, this 8.6-mile round-trip excursion travels to a handful of the region’s less visible treasures. Along the way, enjoy the sparkling cascades, roaring brook, and secluded pond named for a youn

Greeley Ponds :: Mount Osceola, NH

Located in an 800-acre scenic area of the White Mountain National Forest, the Upper and Lower Greeley Ponds are serene reflectors of surrounding ledge-draped mountain slopes. The frequently visited water bodies teeming with brook trout nestle snugly

Welch and Dickey :: Waterville Valley, NH

Ravaged by fires in the 1880s, today Welch and Dickey’s smooth granite domes provide some of the finest views in the White Mountain National Forest. This popular loop scales both summits and offers great dividends for the effort; however, do not unde

Kinsman Region Classic :: Plymouth, NH

This challenging circuit traces a loop around the southwestern corner of New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest. This is the Kinsman Region, named for the notch on its northern reach. It is dominated by four peaks-Cushman, Kineo, Carr, and

Kilkenny Road Trip :: Milan, NH

This ride north and west of Berlin takes you through an area of the White Mountain National Forest that sees far fewer visitors than the hot spots to the south. It follows a dirt forest service road for most of its length, sometimes paralleling the U

Beebe River Road :: Campton, NH

The Beebe River Road winds along the Beebe River on the southern edge of the White Mountains, just north of Squam Lake. Cars are not allowed on this gravel road, although you may see an occasional logging truck since most of the land along this route

Mineral Site and Moat Mountain :: North Conway, NH

Good views of Moat Mountain greet riders who make it to the end of this ride, which combines a swift descent on technical single-track with 7.0 miles of mellow forest roads. The single-track that begins this trip is difficult, but can be avoided by m

Bartlett Experimental Forest :: Bartlett, NH

The Bartlett Experimental Forest is a 2,600-acre tract in the White Mountain National Forest used by Forest Service scientists to study various aspects of forest ecology and the effects of forest management on the forest and the wildlife that lives t

Great Glen Trails :: North Conway, NH

Don't get tricked by the ride directions for the chapter ride, which lay out a short warm-up loop at Great Glen Trails. There are many more miles of smooth gravel paths, or rough singletrack, to pick from. This superbly maintained facility in the h

Wild River :: Gilead, Maine, NH

This ride's general location is Gilead, Maine (10 miles east of Gorham on US 2). Scenery includes wooded wilderness and the rocky Wild River. This is a good family ride; there are more challenging trails nearby. The trailhead is actually in the st

Doublehead :: Jackson, NH

This ride's general location is Jackson. Scenery includes vistas of Jackson and the Mount Washington Valley. Wilderness that's close to civilization is a plus. Follow the East Branch of the Saco into the forest, and signs of civilization fall behi

Sawyer River :: Bartlett, NH

This ride's general location is Bartlett. Scenery includes a wooded valley deep in the national forest. This route can be turned into an aggressive 26-mile loop. Deep in the heart of the White Mountains, this ride follows the Sawyer River along a

The Roost Trail :: Gorham, NH

You don’t have to do a lot of advance planning to take on The Roost, a family favorite in the Evans Notch region of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF). It’s a short, easy climb to the top of this hill, perfect for the little guys. Afraid the o

North Doublehead Trail :: North Conway, NH

You’ve hiked The Roost and Mount Agamenticus. Now you and the kids are ready to tackle a real mountain (and you’re even considering an overnight). North Doublehead is the mountain for you. With a White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) cabin at the sum

Cherry Mountain Ramble :: Jefferson, NH

This ride explores the pocket of land that lies between the Pilot Region, a small mountain range, and the main body of the White Mountain National Forest. This rolling terrain is laced by the streams that run off the Mountains to the west-Haystack M

Connecticut River Scenic Drive :: Hanover, NH

A 41-mile scenic route along the pastoral Connecticut River Valley between Claremont and Orford in western New Hampshire. The 41-mile Connecticut River Scenic Drive explores some of New Hampshire’s most charming scenery as it winds through hill count