Best Walking in New Hampshire

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

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#1. Everett Lake Dam Walk


After a striking view from the dam, you walk on an open dirt road along a popular recreational lake. An exhilarating feature of this site is that at the outset you stand on top of the high dam and get…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Hopkinton, NH - Walking - 1.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Northwood Meadows State Park, Inner Meadow Pond Trail


A wheelchair-accessible trail over varied terrain big, quiet, and dramatic enough for everyone. The Inner Meadow Lake Trail here has appealing woods. Its most outstanding feature though, is that one d…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Northwood, NH - Walking - 1.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Beaver Brook Association, Natural History and Forestry Trail


An outstanding identification trail through 90 sites and several microenvironments. You’ll get the most from this wonderful identification trail by buying the association’s informative, thirty-nine-pa…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Hollis, NH - Walking - 1 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Fox State Forest, Mushroom Trail


An adventuresome mushroom-hunting trail through a forest of conifers. The Mushroom Trail meanders in a loop through part of the 20-acre Hemlock Ravine down to Gerry Brook and back up Valley Road. Mush…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Hillsborough, NH - Walking - 1 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Heron Point Trail


A forested shoreline with a striking view of abandoned mill buildings, a waterfall, and a dam on the Lamprey River. Right away the Lamprey River, a major river that flows over falls through Newmarket…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine"
Newmarket, NH - Walking - 0.7 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Fuller Gardens Trail


Expertly cultivated flower gardens with antique roses, a Japanese garden koi pond, and a greenhouse conservatory of exotic tropical plants. Fuller Garden was originally a cut flower garden for Viola a…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine"
North Hampton, NH - Walking - 0.5 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Greenfield State Park, Hogback Pond Trail


An isolated pond and marsh trail away from the crowds of this popular family-oriented park. Greenfield State Park is an engaging site well designed in separating from each other the areas for tent cam…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Greenfield, NH - Walking - 1.25 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Adams Point Wilderness Management Area, Adams Point Trail


A shoreline stretch along a scenic promontory of the Great Bay tidal inlet. This inspiring walk follows part of the edge of Great Bay, a tidal estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. With a fifty-mile long sho…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Durham, NH - Walking - 1 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Ashuelot River Park & Trail


A multi-use river trail in the heart of a college town. The Ashuelot River starts west of Concord, winds beyond Surry Dam north of Keene, and feeds into the Connecticut River in the southwest corner o…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Keene, NH - Walking - 1.75 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#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. Rye Beach Seawall Walk


A sidewalk stroll along ocean coves in sight of the Isles of Shoals. Along the seacoast of Rye Beach are wonderful sights, sounds, and, of course, invigorating salt air smells. A few spots to visit…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Rye, NH - Walking - 1 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Beaver Brook Association, Nesting Box Demonstration Trail


A self-guided tour of natural and man-made nesting areas for birds and small mammals. Located only 45 miles northwest of Boston, the Beaver Brook Association’s greenbelt of wood and water land offers…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Hollis, NH - Walking - 0.75 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Turkey Pond Trail


A multi-use natural area with good birding from an open boardwalk on Great Turkey Pond. The Audubon Society maintains thirty wildlife sanctuaries spread through all ten counties of New Hampshire. Th…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Concord, NH - Walking - 1.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Chesterfield Gorge State Park, Gorge Trail


A graded trail up and down a steep geological rift. With its heavy snow runoff, spring is the most impressive season to walk above the stream that flows through this narrow rock ravine. The trail loop…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Chesterfield, NH - Walking - 1 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#15. Shieling State Forest, Boulder Trail


A multifaceted, enjoyable walk through an intriguing range of sites with monolithic glacial boulders. Well-designed and easily walked, this varied trail winds through a forest with a broad range of fa…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Peterborough, NH - Walking - 1.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Fox State Forest, Tree Identification Trail


A short jaunt on a hillside with a variety of hardwoods and softwoods. Over the years, generous people who loved the New Hampshire woods have donated their land to the state for use by the general pub…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Hillsborough, NH - Walking - 0.5 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#17. Bear Brook State Park, Pioneer Nature Trail


A booklet-guided trail passing a delightful brook in a rocky woodland. For such a short walk, the Pioneer Trail winds through an engrossing variety of human and natural history. At the halfway point,…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Allenstown, NH - Walking - 0.25 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Swamscott River Walk


A pleasant town promenade along the Swamscott River that flows to Great Bay. This walk has sweeping views of the river, and the sidewalk extends along the riverbank with lawn and mature ornamental pla…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine"
Exeter, NH - Walking - 1.3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#19. DePierrefeu-Willard Pond Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, Hatch Mill Pond Trail


A short, easy loop around a picturesque mill pond. The Audubon Society of New Hampshire owns thirty-one sanctuaries and preserves totaling 4,300 acres, located in all sections of the state. Willard Po…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Hancock, NH - Walking - 0.5 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. Pawtuckaway State Park, South Mountain Lookout Tower Trail


Sky-scraping panoramic views reward an easy summit climb. The Pawtuckaway State Park is large and sections are undeveloped. The trails are well maintained by the New Hampshire chapter of the Appalachi…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Southern New Hampshire"
Raymond, NH - Walking - 1 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books