New Hampshire is home to thousands of miles of hiking trails that vary greatly in terrain and difficulty, making it hard to know where to start exploring. To help you choose some of the best areas the Granite State has to offer we've highlighted five hiking trails based on suggestions from Trails.com and the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, so read on, then head out!
Presidential Recreational Rail Trail
The 18-mile Presidential Recreational Rail Trail runs through the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge and is known for its birdwatching and views of the Presidential Range. Easier than the famous (but strenuous) Presidential Traverse, this hiking trail traverses beautiful wilderness and past the Israel and Moose Rivers.
Arethusa Falls Trail
You'll be treated to backcountry scenes on the 4.5-mile out-and-back hike to the base of Arethusa Falls, a fantastic 200-foot waterfall over granite rock cliff. Following Bemis Brook, the Arethusa Falls Trail takes hikers through undeveloped areas of the White Mountains National Forest to give a classic New England woodland experience with beautiful scenery that changes with the seasons.
Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail
The Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail is a pretty 21-mile hiking trail runs along the historic Ashuelot River in southern New Hampshire form Keene to Winchester. It passes through pristine wetlands, wildflower fields, farm country, and forests as a modern-day hiking path along a road originally built for rail cars and steam engines.
Sawyer River Trail
The Sawyer River Trail is a fairly level hiking path that runs 9.4 miles through the woodlands and wetlands east of Mount Carrigain in the White Mountain National Forest, areas where you may see wildlife like moose and beavers. Used as a hiking trail through the forest during warm months, the Sawyer River Trail converts to a snowmobile path when snow is on the ground.
Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail
Hikers can access the summits of Mount Monroe and Mount Washington on the 9-mile Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, and they have the opportunity to see some of the only waterfalls and pools found in the White Mountains. This well-blazed trail runs through dense alpine forests along the Ammonoosuc River and is the fastest, most direct route from Point A (ground floor) to Point B (the AMC's Lakes of the Clouds Hut), but hikers must prepare for some dangerous, rocky areas.