For The Most Impressive Views Of New Hampshire’s Lakes Take These 5 Hikes

When it comes to epic views and beautiful scenery there’s certainly no shortage here in New Hampshire. Whether heading to the highest peaks or simply strolling in your own neighborhood, you’ll come across the kind of beauty that people expect to find in a place like the Granite State. And to take that up a smidge you’ll want to head out for some of the best hikes in New Hampshire. Each of these hikes leads to a sweet view of a lake, and they’ll all remind you why you love it here!

We write a lot about hikes, but we know not everyone is a seasoned outdoors explorer. For that reason, we always try to include some help for people just starting out. To that end, here are 10 of the greatest scenic hiking trails in New Hampshire for beginners!

Address: Hi-Cannon Trail, Franconia, NH 03580, USA
Address: Elephant Head Trail, Carroll, NH 03575, USA
Address: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead, Base Station Rd, Jefferson, NH 03583, USA
Address: Bald Mountain, Franconia, NH 03580, USA
Address: Old Bridle Path, Lincoln, NH, USA
Address: Hi-Cannon Trail, Franconia, NH 03580, USA
Address: Bald Mountain, Franconia, NH 03580, USA
Address: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead, Base Station Rd, Jefferson, NH 03583, USA
Address: Elephant Head Trail, Carroll, NH 03575, USA
Address: Old Bridle Path, Lincoln, NH, USA
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Best Hikes In New Hampshire

March 05, 2022

What are some kid-friendly hikes around New Hampshire?

Hiking can be a great family adventure. If you’re looking for some easy hikes in New Hampshire that aren’t too intimidating for little feet, there’s plenty to choose from. Lonesome Lake Trail in Franconia Notch State Park is a mostly flat, scenic trek around the shores of Lonesome Lake. It’s about three miles long, and you can pack a picnic to enjoy on the beach. Pitcher Mountain Trail in Andorra Forest is less than a mile long, but you’ll still get some beautiful views at the top worthy of a much steeper climb. Plus, during blueberry season there are tons of berries to pick. For an educational trek, take the Forest Discovery Trail in White Mountain National Forest. This 1.4-mile trail is both kid and stroller friendly, and features informational signs about the history and ecology of the area along the path. There are even restrooms and benches on your route in case you need to make a stop. Also in White Mountain National Forest, take the Sabbaday Falls trail and you’ll be treated to a scenic view of a waterfall! This trail is only 0.7 miles long and is perfect for all ages. Be aware that this trail is only open in the summer and fall.

Are there more scenic hikes in New Hampshire?

If you’re not afraid of a steep climb, head to Crawford Notch State Park and hike Mount Willard Trail, which will reward you with some stunning views of Crawford Notch and the surrounding mountains. Another challenging route, the 4.4-mile Welch-Dickey Loop Trail in White Mountain National Forest, is similarly rewarding, offering gorgeous views of Waterville Valley for your trouble. For some beautiful waterfall views, hike the 1.3-mile Diana’s Baths trail also in White Mountain National Forest, which features tranquil pools, along with cascading falls that measure about 75 feet in height.

Address: Hi-Cannon Trail, Franconia, NH 03580, USA
Address: Elephant Head Trail, Carroll, NH 03575, USA
Address: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead, Base Station Rd, Jefferson, NH 03583, USA
Address: Bald Mountain, Franconia, NH 03580, USA
Address: Old Bridle Path, Lincoln, NH, USA
Address: Hi-Cannon Trail, Franconia, NH 03580, USA
Address: Bald Mountain, Franconia, NH 03580, USA
Address: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead, Base Station Rd, Jefferson, NH 03583, USA
Address: Elephant Head Trail, Carroll, NH 03575, USA
Address: Old Bridle Path, Lincoln, NH, USA