New Hampshire

Find a Winter Activity Near you!

Below, we’ve compiled a directory of outdoor winter activities we think you and your family will enjoy. Don’t see an activity you think should be on our list? Email us at newenglanddads@gmail.com to add it.

Snowshoeing | Cross Country Skiing | Downhill Skiing | Snow Tubing

Snowshoeing

Mount Willard Trail (Bretton Wood)
On a winter’s day the views through Crawford Notch from the ledges of Mount Willard are unsurpassed. The eagle’s eye panorama takes up the whole sky. Directions

Around Lonesome Lake Trail (Franconia)
One of the finest snowshoe trips in the White Mountains is a trek to the serene shores of Lonesome Lake in Franconia Notch State Park. The lake sits in a basin under the twin peaks of 4,293-foot North Kinsman and the 4,358-foot South Kinsman. Directions

Hamlin Recreation and Conservation Area Trail (Meredith)
Looking for the perfect day hike? The Hamlin Recreation and Conservation Area, a little-known gem tucked in the Hampshire Lakes Region, offers three diverse trails, meandering through hemlock and hardwood forests, around ponds and beaver-made meadows, and up to open ledges with mountain and lake vistas. Directions

The Flume Trail (Lincoln)
The Flume Gorge loop trail is New Hampshire beauty, up close and personal.  Waterfalls, mosses, wild flowers, and trees line this beautiful boardwalk.  This is a relaxing must-see while hiking the more difficult trails around New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Directions

Bear Brook State Park Trails (Allenstown)
The beauty of Bear Brook State Park is that there is something for everyone. With nearly 10,000 acres of forest, there is room for the snowshoer, cross-country skier, snowmobiler, and even the dogsledder. Directions

Heald Pond Trail (Wilton)
Heald Pond is a delight to explore in winter. It is an easy snowshoe or ski through red maple, white pine, and hemlock. The pond itself offers fine views of Fisk Hill. Its twenty-five numbered identification stations along the way make the 2-mile trek go faster. Directions

Peaked Mountain Trail (North Conway)
If you’re looking for a great family- friendly day hike and a chance to see lofty mountain views, check out the Peaked Mountain Trail. As day hikes go, this one is near perfect. It’s close, off Route 16 just south of North Conway. It’s short, 4.2 miles, up and back. Directions

Champney Falls Trail (Conway)
This is about as near perfect of a short, half-day hike as you can get. You’ll walk a well-marked, easy-to-follow footpath, traveling through pretty snowy woods, up a gentle incline to a series of cascades and waterfalls. Directions

Boulder Loop Trail (Albany)
The Boulder Loop Trail is a shining example of how a popular summer and fall hike can turn into an excellent winter snowshoe excursion. The 3.0-mile trail rewards the snowshoer with spectacular vistas above the Passaconaway Valley for a relatively modest amount of effort. Directions

Old Bridle Path (Holderness)
The trip up West Rattlesnake by way of the Old Bridle Path is one of the best snowshoes in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. At 0.9 mile one way, this short and easy journey will reward you with its beautiful views. Beginners and families will no doubt be attracted to the path because of its ease. Directions

Holts Ledge (Lyme)
Depending on the amount of snow, ancient stone walls peek out from winter’s snowy blanket. Through the maple and birch forests the trail leads to a fenced-in ledge with the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont beyond the drop-off. Holts Ledge, across the road from the Dartmouth Skiway, is a year-round outdoor destination for all creatures. Directions

Mount Monadnock (Jaffrey)
Mount Monadnock is the crown jewel in southwestern New Hampshire’s treasure—Monadnock State Park. At 3,165 feet Monadnock’s rocky summit is arguably the most climbed mountain in the world. More than 40 miles of hiking trails surround it, and in winter some 14 miles of un-groomed cross-country skiing is available. Directions

Falling Waters Trail (Mittersill)
The frozen Falls, reaching 60 to 80 feet, are a sight to see against the surrounding granite backdrop and snowy ridges. Take this trail, even in the coldest of winters, and you’ll walk to the sound of gurgling water moving beneath sheets of ice and snow. It’s one of our favorites in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Directions

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge Trail (Newington)
This is one of our favorite, easy-to-do walks in New Hampshire’s seacoast area. This local gem, one of more than 560 national wildlife refuges across the country protects more than 580 acres and 6.5 miles of shoreline along the picturesque Great Bay in Newington. Directions

Adams Point Trail (Newington)
The lusty, briny smell of the sea, the sounds of honking geese, the sight of a soaring eagle, and stunning water views may greet you on this wintry walk along spectacular Great Bay. There are a couple of narrow, steep spots along the water’s edge, but generally this is a short, easy hike, perfect for young and old. Directions

Battery Seaman Loop (Rye)
The crashing of waves against the rocky shore and the invigorating smell of the sea are not elements usually associated with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. On a trip to Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, visitors not only get a taste of the sea, but nature and history as well. Directions

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Cross Country Skiing

Jackson XC Touring Foundation (Jackson)
As a nonprofit organization, the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation provides recreational and competitive opportunities for cross country skiing and snowshoeing that enrich lives and promote healthy lifestyles for all. Directions

Lincoln Woods (Lincoln)
The Lincoln Woods Cross-Country Ski Trails are a mellow winter playground for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. This is one of the most popular winter trail destinations in the White Mountain National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service maintains about 8 miles of trails here, tracking and packing them after a sizeable snowfall. Directions

Lower Nanamocomuck Ski Area (Albany)
The Lower Nanamocomuck Ski Trail parallels the boulder-strewn Swift River, affording skiers and snowshoers miles of opportunities for adventure. This is a gem of a trail because there are an incredible number of vistas and trail options. The Swift River itself is stunning. Directions

Windblown Cross Country Skiing (New Ipswich)
Since 1972 skiers from all over New England have been returning each year to ski their favorite trails at Windblown. Here in what Thoreau called “The Front Range”, on the beautiful high terrain at the gateway to the Monadnock Region, you will find 40 kilometers of trails with a variety to please every member of your family. Directions

Wolfeboro XC Ski Area (Wolfeboro)
Wolfeboro XC maintains 30kms of groomed cross-country ski trails. You will enjoy a variety of terrain from gently sloped novice trails to screaming descents for the thrill seekers. Plus over 30km of Snowshoe trails. Directions

Eastman Community Association (Eastman)

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Downhill Skiing

Snow Tubing

 

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