Best Road Biking in New Hampshire

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

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#1. 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 - Cross-Country Skiing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 25.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. White Mountains Triple-Notch Classic


The White Mountain National Forest is an experienced cyclist's dream come true. Here smooth highways run through mountain passes and wind along unspoiled rural valleys, revealing new vistas at every t…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
North Conway, NH - Road Biking - 74.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Town and Country Cruise


This ride offers a pastoral landscape of fields, farmhouses, light woods, orchards, an ocean bay, and a half dozen small towns, two with major educational institutions. Terrain: rolling, with no steep…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Exeter, NH - Road Biking - 42.3 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. Bear Notch Challenge


With its 2 lanes arcing over the Mountains, the Kancamagus Highway is considered by many cyclists to be the ultimate road through the White Mountains. One challenging side trip is the steep climb to C…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
North Conway, NH - Road Biking - 37.7 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. Covered Bridge Cruise


Everyone loves a covered bridge, except truck drivers. Covered bridges make one think of how the landscape looked before cars, before bicycles even, when horse-drawn coaches and ox carts were the mean…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Swanzey, NH - Road Biking - 12.8 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Cherry Mountain Ramble


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 strea…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Jefferson, NH - Road Biking - 28.8 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#7. A Yankee Cruise


This ride offers scenic rural roads, well-preserved towns, pine and hardwood forests, farm fields, lakes, streams, a bog, and a lively assortment of summer arts and culture centers. Not to mention ma…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Peterborough, NH - Road Biking - 36 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#8. Kinsman Region Classic


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 do…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Plymouth, NH - Road Biking - 59.3 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. North Country Challenge


This 'ultimate" ride from Jefferson combines covered bridges, sensational downhills, flat stretches along the Connecticut River, and Yankee villages with vistas and panoramas. In short, you will expe…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Jefferson, NH - Road Biking - 64 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#10. Sugar River Recreational Trail


Think rivers and streams and a dozen bridges. The Sugar River Recreational Trail is a wonderland of forest treasures. Surface: Gravel and original ballast. Location: Sullivan County.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Newport, NH - Cross-Country Skiing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking - 10 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#11. Waterville Valley Challenge


The ride begins at a junction southeast of Campton with a magnificent view of a ring of Mountains framing an undisturbed landscape of pond, river, and pines. The round valley is formed by nearly thirt…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Campton, NH - Road Biking - 31.4 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#12. Franconia / Kinsman Notch Challenge


This is the very best of White Mountain cycling: stunning scenery, sparse traffic, breathtaking descents, and opportunities for sightseeing and recreational stops. The route takes you through two of t…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Northern New England"
Franconia, NH - Road Biking - 38.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Squam Lake Cruise


This ride takes you around beautiful Squam Lake. It’s no surprise that this is the actual “Golden Pond” of movie fame. Filming of the 1981 film took place at several locations in the area. Squam is a…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Northern New England"
Holderness, NH - Road Biking - 28.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Lancaster / Connecticut River Cruise


The Connecticut River is the centerpiece of this two-state ride. There will be almost constant views of the river and the hills beyond. This is an unusually flat route— an easy pedal with magnificent…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Northern New England"
Lancaster, NH - Road Biking - 35.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Conway Cruise


Situated at the eastern end of the Kancamagus Highway, Conway serves as a gateway to the White Mountains. But, as this lovely ride demonstrates, it’s also a side door to New Hampshire’s extensive lake…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Northern New England"
Conway, NH - Road Biking - 31.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Tamworth Ramble


Like the town of Tamworth, this ride is a real gem. Enjoy the ambience of a picturesque New England town, visit the Barnstormers Theatre, and stop at the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm. Traffic…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Northern New England"
Holderness, NH - Road Biking - 22.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Dixville Notch Classic


It’s an ambitious ride, but not as difficult as it may appear. You’ll cross the White Mountains twice, but the crossings are much gentler than crossings to the south. And there are long stretches of r…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Northern New England"
Colebrook, NH - Road Biking - 91.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Charlestown Cruise


It’s a fine ride in an historic part of New Hampshire: good exercise and classic New England scenery. It’s hard to imagine this as a dangerous frontier, but in the mid-eighteenth century, Charlestown…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Northern New England"
Charlestown, NH - Road Biking - 30.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Enfield Ramble


This is an easy pedal along the shores of two lakes, with an optional stop at the Enfield Shaker Village and Museum. The Shaker “Great Stone Dwelling” on the shore of Mascoma Lake is a reminder that t…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Northern New England"
Enfield, NH - Road Biking - 10.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. New London Ramble


This short ramble takes riders through rural residential areas around New London. It’s a quiet, easy ride with fine scenery: three lakes, an historic village, beautiful homes and gardens, and magnific…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Northern New England"
New London, NH - Road Biking - 10 miles
Published by Falcon Guides