Best Hiking in New Hampshire

This list represents the most popular hiking in New Hampshire. Use this list to plan your next New Hampshire hiking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Arethusa Falls Trails

    19 Reviews

    North Conway, NH

    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 ...
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Dropping more than 200 feet in a swath of lacy mist, the plunge of Bemis Rock creates New Hampshire's highest falls and a ...

  • #2 Mount Major

    12 Reviews

    Laconia, NH

    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 ...
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #3 Mount Avalon

    10 Reviews

    Carroll, NH

    The narrow summit of Mount Avalon provides excellent views of Crawford Notch, the Willey Range, and the southern Presidentials, including Mount Washington. For much of its length, the Mount Avalon ...
    •  3.0–4.0 hours
    •  3.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The narrow summit of Mount Avalon provides excellent views of Crawford Notch, the Willey Range, and the southern Presidentials, ...

  • #4 Lincoln Woods Trail

    19 Reviews

    Lincoln, NH

    Lincoln Woods Trail is a hiking trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 1,166 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail ...
    •  4.8 miles

    Lincoln Woods Trail is a hiking trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 4.8 miles ...

  • #5 Mount Lafayette / Mount Lincoln, Bridle Path Loop

    13 Reviews

    Littleton, NH

    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 ...
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Trailheads located within yards of an interstate highway seldom promise extraordinary mountain adventure. All the more special, ...

  • #6 Mount Washington, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

    8 Reviews

    Berlin, NH

    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, ...
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail is the most direct western route to the alpine splendor that cloaks Mount Washington’s shoulders. ...

  • #7 Mount Monadnock, White Cross Trail

    10 Reviews

    Nashua, NH

    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 ...
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A solitary peak with centuries of tradition, Mount Monadnock is one of the world’s most frequently climbed summits, New Hampshire’s ...

  • #8 Mount Cardigan

    10 Reviews

    Bristol, NH

    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 ...
    •  4.5 hours
    •  5.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A challenging hike to one of the best viewpoints in New Hampshire. The state of New Hampshire's website for Cardigan State ...

  • #9 Lake Massabesic Trail

    6 Reviews

    Auburn, NH

    Located minutes from Manchester, northern New England’s largest city, the Massabesic Audubon Sanctuary boasts 130 acres of fields and forests owned and managed by New Hampshire Audubon. From ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Located minutes from Manchester, northern New England’s largest city, the Massabesic Audubon Sanctuary boasts 130 acres of ...

  • #10 Baldface Circle Trail

    7 Reviews

    Berlin, NH

    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 ...
    •  9.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Good things come in small packages, and challenging alpine adventures can be found below 4,000 feet. Cherished by knowledgeable ...

  • #11 Mount Sunapee and Lake Solitude

    8 Reviews

    Newbury, NH

    A strenuous hike to excellent views and a remote mountain pond. Mount Sunapee is bet known for its downhill ski area, which is a major landmark for those traveling north from Concord on I-89. ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    A strenuous hike to excellent views and a remote mountain pond. Mount Sunapee is bet known for its downhill ski area, which ...

  • #12 Hut to Hut Presidential Traverse

    2 Reviews

    Gorham, NH

    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 ...
    •  3 - 4 days
    •  25.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Hiking the Presidential Range from end to end is one of the United States’ classic treks. Of course, numerous trails can ...

  • #13 Mount Major Trail

    7 Reviews

    Alton Bay, NH

    The origin of the name Mount Major is a mystery. It does not refer to the size of the mountain, but it might describe the view. The open bed- rock summit perches over Lake Winnipesaukee, the ...
    •  3 hours
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The origin of the name Mount Major is a mystery. It does not refer to the size of the mountain, but it might describe the ...

  • #14 Mount Chocorua, Champney Brook Trail

    8 Reviews

    Conway, NH

    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 ...
    •  7.25 miles
    •  Guide

    Originating from the magnificent Kancamagus Highway, the Champney Brook Trail ascends the gradual, northern facet of Mount ...

  • #15 Mount Pawtuckaway - North Peak

    6 Reviews

    Deerfield, NH

    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 ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    An interesting boulder field, good wildlife habitat, and excellent views on one of the best hikes in southeastern New Hampshire. ...

  • #16 Mount Sunapee, Andrew Brook Trail

    7 Reviews

    Newbury, NH

    I’ve always thought of the Andrew Brook Trail as being located on Mount Sunapee’s back side. No disrespect intended, but the trail ascends this gentle mountain on its quiet southeastern slopes ...
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    I’ve always thought of the Andrew Brook Trail as being located on Mount Sunapee’s back side. No disrespect intended, but ...

  • #17 Belknap Mountain, Red Trail

    6 Reviews

    Gilford, NH

    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 ...
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Belknap Mountain rises 600 feet above the bald pate of Mount Major, yet thanks to the carriage road, the walk to its summit ...

  • #18 West Rattlesnake

    3 Reviews

    Holderness, NH

    The journey from Route 113 to the top of West Rattlesnake Mountain is pleasant enough and immensely popular. Hikers from three to seventy-three tramp along the well-worn Bridle Path Trail on ...
    •  1.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The journey from Route 113 to the top of West Rattlesnake Mountain is pleasant enough and immensely popular. Hikers from ...

  • #19 Mount Kearsarge, Winslow Trail

    5 Reviews

    Wilmot, NH

    The climb of Mount Kearsarge from the Wilmot side is a great family hike, but requires more effort than most people expect. The rocky and root-bound trail almost immediately begins a moderate ...
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The climb of Mount Kearsarge from the Wilmot side is a great family hike, but requires more effort than most people expect. ...

  • #20 Mount Monadnock, Pumpelly Trail

    6 Reviews

    Nashua, NH

    The Pumpelly Trail from Dublin Lake to the top of the region’s namesake peak is really two hikes in one. The first half is a pleasant walk through woodlands brimming with reminders of the area’s ...
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The Pumpelly Trail from Dublin Lake to the top of the region’s namesake peak is really two hikes in one. The first half is ...