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.

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#1. 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 Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in nh - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. 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)
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#3. Mount Avalon


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 Tra…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains"
Carroll, NH - Hiking - 3.7 miles Best Trail in nh - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. 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)
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#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)
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#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)
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#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. 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)
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#9. Lake Massabesic Trail


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 the parce…
From the guidebook "Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast"
Auburn, NH - Hiking - 4 miles Best Trail in nh - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#10. Mount Sunapee and Lake Solitude


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. In summe…
From the guidebook "Discover Southern New Hampshire"
Newbury, NH - Hiking - 6 miles Best Trail in nh - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. 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 - Backpacking, Hiking - 25.5 miles Best Trail in nh - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Mine Falls Park, Nashua River Trail


This country has been late in catching on to the European tradition of the urban greenway, where residents can stroll amiably for daily exercise or the occasional break from city living. Thanks are…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
Nashua, NH - Hiking - 2.4 miles Best Trail in nh - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#13. 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

#14. Mount Major Trail


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 largest l…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont"
Alton Bay, NH - Hiking - 3.4 miles Best Trail in nh - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#15. 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)
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#16. Mount Percival - Mount Morgan Loop Trail


Morgan and Percival are the mountain version of Siamese twins, connected at the shoulder. Both have open, rocky tops. Both can be hiked alone or together as a loop. If opting for the loop, the only ar…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont"
Holderness, NH - Hiking - 5.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#17. Hancock Notch Trail, Hancock Loop


A number of trails run south from the Kancamagus Highway to access peaks more readily reached from the Lakes Region or Waterville Valley. The Hancock Notch hike is one of the energetic few that runs n…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
Lincoln, NH - Hiking - 9.8 miles
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#18. Mount Sunapee, Andrew Brook Trail


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 out of…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
Newbury, NH - Hiking - 6.5 miles
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#19. 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

#20. Mount Kearsarge, Winslow Trail


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 climb of…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
Wilmot, NH - Hiking - 2 miles
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