Long Pond

Benton, New Hampshire

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Nestled in the foothills of the Kinsman Range, this high-country pond offers hours of island exploring, wildlife viewing, and fishing. A paddle on Long Pond is like a trip deep into the wilderness. The shoreline is completely undeveloped, and its unspoiled islands and the surrounding Kinsman Range make it an exhilarating and special destination. Early morning on the pond is often misty and calm, with the best chances of viewing wildlife like otters, beavers, deer, and moose. Afternoons are warmer, but the wind can pick up and make the water choppier. Early evening is always a pleasant time; the winds usually calm down so you can enjoy a peaceful sunset and maybe even catch a massive brook trout. And it’s hard to beat a sunset picnic on an island. Dog-friendly.
Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire,  and Vermont

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Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

by Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Nestled in the foothills of the Kinsman Range, this high-country pond offers hours of island exploring, wildlife viewing, and fishing. A paddle on Long Pond is like a trip deep into the wilderness. The shoreline is completely undeveloped, and its unspoiled islands and the surrounding Kinsman Range make it an exhilarating and special destination.

Early morning on the pond is often misty and calm, with the best chances of viewing wildlife like otters, beavers, deer, and moose. Afternoons are warmer, but the wind can pick up and make the water choppier. Early evening is always a pleasant time; the winds usually calm down so you can enjoy a peaceful sunset and maybe even catch a massive brook trout. And it’s hard to beat a sunset picnic on an island. Dog-friendly.

© 2014 Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Benton
Distance: 2
Skill Level: Easy
Class: Class I
Season: No posted hours
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: White Mountain National Forest, 603-536-6100, www.fs.usda.gov/ whitemountain
Local Maps: USGS East Haverhill quad; AMC White Mountain National Forest Map & Guide, H2–I2 (AMC)
Driving Directions: Directions to Long Pond

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Apr 2018