Whether it's an easy amble spotting loons or a challenging climb, a hike in New Hampshire will lead to scenes you'll return to often in daydreams. With thousands of trail miles including 1,200 in the White Mountain National Forest, the most popular backcountry stretch of the Appalachian Trail, plus 48 4,000-foot peaks to scale, there are options for all skill levels.
Whether you'd like to introduce kids to hiking or bond with friends, Recreational Rail Trails and trails within New Hampshire State Parks offer unsurpassed beauty and diverse terrain. New Hampshire is also home to some of the finest rock and ice climbing in the East, as well as some of the best climbing schools and guides.
What does an eagle see as it soars above the Granite State? No need to wonder: You can experience a bird's-eye view yourself. Ziplining has been described as a "pure adrenaline rush," and once you feel confident in your harness and pry your eyes open, it's also a visual thrill, especially in New Hampshire, where aerial views of our mountains and lakes can't be beat. It's safe; it's fun. And once you've tried it, you'll want to experience every zipline in the state: Some zip in all four seasons.
Wind in your hair. The pleasure of sightseeing under your own power and at your own pace. The license to indulge earned with calories burned. Whatever your motivation, New Hampshire is perfect for a cycling vacation. Our country roads are ideal for touring: You can even pedal from campground to campground or inn to inn.
If you've driven an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle), UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle), trail bike or other OHRV (Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle), you know this mode of transportation sure beats your regular commute. And if you've never gone off-roading, New Hampshire is the place to unleash your inner adrenaline junkie. Ride the Wilds is the longest OHRV trail system in the country with more than 1,000 miles of interconnected trails. At Jericho Mountain State Park, you can explore 75 miles of trails, then pull right up to your cabin, RV or tent site for the night. Our OHRV map reveals the surprising number of places to ride. Don't own a recreational vehicle? There are places to rent OHRVs statewide.
The first time you see a moose in the wild, it will take your breath away. The second time? It will take your breath away. Moose Tours enhance your chances of observing and photographing moose safely and respectfully. New Hampshire's largest land mammals are only one of the more than 500 species of finned, feathered, scaly and furry vertebrates sharing the state, you never know when you might spot wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled as you walk in the woods, canoe down a river or drive country lanes. Our Wildlife Viewing and Birding Trails Itinerary will help you plan your travels.