Hiking & Climbing in New Hampshire

Whether it's a low-key amble through a salt marsh or a challenging ascent of a granite cliff face, hiking and climbing in New Hampshire will lead to scenes you'll return to often in your daydreams. Up for a challenge? Take a climb to the summit of one of our 48 4,000-foot peaks. For a quicker day hike, check out our list of 5 kid friendly hikes in New Hampshire. No matter what your ability, we have thousands of trail miles to explore, including 1,200 in White Mountain National Forest and the most popular backcountry stretch of the Appalachian Trail.  Think hiking is just for summertime? Think again and start planning your cold weather hike with our list of 10 winter hikes.

Whether you'd like to bond with friends or to introduce kids to hiking, Recreational Rail Trails and trails within New Hampshire State Parks offer unsurpassed beauty and diverse terrain. The Appalachian Mountain Club operates lodges and campgrounds for hikers in New Hampshire and a famous seasonal network of high-mountain huts providing overnight shelter and comforts at intervals in the White Mountains. 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.

Know your abilities, and choose an appropriate hike or climb for your family or group; New Hampshire truly offers trails for everyone. Be prepared, heed all weather and safety warnings, and stay on designated trails. We want your New Hampshire hiking or climbing experience to be memorable for all of the right reasons. Please review the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails' Trail Etiquette guide before you set out, too, and do your part to ensure that New Hampshire's extensive hiking routes remain safe and enjoyable for all.


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Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center

928 White Oaks Rd., Laconia, NH 03246

Phone: 6033665695
White Mountains Attractions

200 Kancamagus Hwy., North Woodstock, NH 03262

Phone: 6037458720
Wildcat Mountain

542 Route 16, Pinkham Notch, NH 03846

Phone: 6034663326
Polar Caves Park

705 Rumney, Route 25, Rumney, NH 03266

Phone: 6035361888
Franconia Notch State Park

I-93, Route 3, Franconia, NH 03580

Phone: 6038238800
Echo Lake State Park

Off Route 302, Conway, NH 03818

Phone: 6033562672
Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area

Route 9, Chesterfield, NH 03443

Phone: 6033638373
Castle in the Clouds

455 Old Mountain Rd., Moultonborough, NH 03254

Phone: 6034765900
Appalachian Mountain Club - NH

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, 361 Rt. 16, Pinkham Notch, NH 03581

Phone: 6034662727
The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens

456 Rt. 103A, Newbury, NH 03255

Phone: 60376347893
White Mountain National Forest

71 White Mountain Drive, Campton, NH 03223

Phone: 6035366100
Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves

1712 Lost River Road, North Woodstock, NH 03262

Phone: 6037458031
Alpine Adventures Outdoor Recreation

41 Main St., Lincoln, NH 03251

Phone: 6037459911
Plymouth Ski & Sports

97 Main Street, Plymouth, NH 03264

Phone: 6035362338
Ruggles Mine

Off Route 4 at the Village Green, Grafton, NH 03240

Phone: 6035234091

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