This Short Hike In New Hampshire Leads To The Dreamiest Swimming Spot

On these hot summer days, sometimes the thought of hiking is downright unappealing – trudging up and down hills, sweat dripping down your back, the sun beating on your face – none of it sounds too good. But all of that changes if you can take a nice short walk and be rewarded with a dive into the coolest, clearest water you could dream of – all while looking over a gorgeous mountain landscape. You can have all that and more with a hike on Lonesome Lake Trail in Franconia State Park. It’s well worth the effort!

You can hit the Lonesome Lake Trail from the south parking lot of Lafayette Place Campground in Franconia Notch State Park. To learn more about the trail, check out the AllTrails guide to the hike.

Looking for more hikes that will reward you with lake views? Check out this trail that leads up to Lake Winnipesaukee.


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