Best Trails of New Hampshire

This list represents the most popular trails in New Hampshire (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next New Hampshire outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Hut to Hut Presidential Traverse


Hiking the Presidential Range from end to end is one of the United States’ classic treks. Of course, numerous trails can be used to accomplish this trip, although the main route between Madison Hut an…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Gorham, NH - Hiking - 25.5 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Lincoln Woods


This is an excellent choice for families and people just getting used to riding bikes over rocks and through mud. Experienced riders in the mood for an easy ride next to one of the most beautiful rive…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Lincoln, NH - Mountain Biking - 6.4 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Arethusa Falls Trails


Dropping more than 200 feet in a swath of lacy mist, the plunge of Bemis Rock creates New Hampshire's highest falls and a premier natural wonder. But seasoned hikers understand that there's more to Ar…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
North Conway, NH - Hiking - 4.5 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Sawyer River Road


This trip explores the wildlife-rich forests to the east of Mount Carrigain. Several good views of the mountain can be seen from beaver ponds along the way, and three river crossings also make for goo…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Conway, NH - Mountain Biking - 9.4 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Mount Washington, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail


The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail is the most direct western route to the alpine splendor that cloaks Mount Washington’s shoulders. Recent groundwork has tamed the ascent of the ravine’s headwall, resulting…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
Berlin, NH - Hiking - 9 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Mount Monadnock, White Cross Trail


A solitary peak with centuries of tradition, Mount Monadnock is one of the world’s most frequently climbed summits, New Hampshire’s version of Mount Fuji. Even on a weekday, I’ve never hiked this moun…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
Nashua, NH - Hiking - 4.5 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Mount Cardigan


A challenging hike to one of the best viewpoints in New Hampshire. The state of New Hampshire's website for Cardigan State Park lists hiking as the only activity in this 5,600-acre park. While backcou…
From the guidebook "Discover Southern New Hampshire"
Bristol, NH - Hiking - 5.6 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Mount Major


Locate a short hike to a beautiful view on one of the main tourist arteries in the Lakes Region and you’re sure to generate plenty of interest. Within easy driving distance of Meredith, Weirs Beach, a…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
Laconia, NH - Hiking - 3 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Mount Pawtuckaway - North Peak


An interesting boulder field, good wildlife habitat, and excellent views on one of the best hikes in southeastern New Hampshire. At a little more than 1,000 feet tall, Mount Pawtuckaway would receive…
From the guidebook "Discover Southern New Hampshire"
Deerfield, NH - Hiking - 6 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Appalachian Trail: Mount Washington & the Southern Presidential Range


Nearly two centuries after it was first blazed, the Crawford Path to the summit of Mount Washington remains one of the grandest walks in America. The nation's oldest continuously maintained footpath…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in Northern New England"
Willey House, NH - Hiking - 12.4 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#11. Mount Lafayette / Mount Lincoln, Bridle Path Loop


Trailheads located within yards of an interstate highway seldom promise extraordinary mountain adventure. All the more special, then, is this classic loop hike that departs the Franconia Notch Parkway…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
Littleton, NH - Hiking - 8 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Newfields Rail Trail


A long and easy ride across southern New Hampshire on a converted railroad bed. The Newfields Rail-Trail is typical rail-trail fare: easy, level riding past towns and through forests. At 26.0 miles on…
From the guidebook "Discover Southern New Hampshire"
Newfields, NH - Mountain Biking - 26 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Massabesic Lake


This ride's general location is east of Manchester on NH Bypass 28. Scenery includes lovely Massabesic Lake and surrounding semi-wooded terrain. On the lake shore sits a municipal park with baseball…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! New Hampshire"
Manchester, NH - Mountain Biking - 14 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#14. Mount Chocorua, Champney Brook Trail


Originating from the magnificent Kancamagus Highway, the Champney Brook Trail ascends the gradual, northern facet of Mount Chocorua’s jutting peak. From this bearing, it may be difficult to recognize…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
Conway, NH - Hiking - 7.25 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Crotched Mountain


The path to Crotched Mountain provides the finest views for the least effort of any walking trail in the Monadnock Region. This exceptional family outing opens wide-angle vistas of southwestern New Ha…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
Greenfield, NH - Hiking - 3 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Ashuelot Rail-Trail


This charming 21-mile trail is very pretty and well worth exploring. It passes by the Ashuelot River and through New Hampshire farm country. Surface: The surface is sandy at times until it reaches K…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Keene, NH - Rail-Trails - 21 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view allBestRail-Trails Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#17. Rockingham Recreational Trail (Portsmouth Branch)


Edged by two lakes, a river, and a pond, this pretty trail is defined by water. It’s New Hampshire at its best. Surface: Gravel and original ballast. Location: Rockingham County.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Manchester, NH - Rail-Trails - 25.5 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view allBestRail-Trails Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#18. Belknap Mountain, Red Trail


Belknap Mountain rises 600 feet above the bald pate of Mount Major, yet thanks to the carriage road, the walk to its summit is much less demanding than the ascent of its smaller neighbor. More than a…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
Gilford, NH - Hiking - 1.6 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Baldface Circle Trail


Good things come in small packages, and challenging alpine adventures can be found below 4,000 feet. Cherished by knowledgeable New Hampshire hikers but ignored by baggers of peaks, the three summits…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
Berlin, NH - Hiking - 9.8 miles Best Trail in NH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Cascade Brook and the Basin


This hike in Franconia Notch is a great family hike, as it follows Cascade Brook for nearly 1.0 mile, visiting two waterfalls and numerous cascades along the way. Excellent views can also be seen from…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Lincoln, NH - Hiking - 2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books