Hiking

Covid-19 Update:
  • NH State Parks is now using a day-use reservation system at several locations.  Visitors are now able to purchase a day-use parking pass before visiting to ensure a parking space when arriving at the park. This includes popular hiking destinations such as Mount Monadnock and Mount Cardigan. For complete details on how to reserve a day-use parking pass, please click here.
  • White Mountain National Forest hiking trails are open. Hikers are encouraged to practice all social distancing and COVID19 precautions recommended by public health agencies when recreating. More information can be found online here.
  • All Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) facilities, shelters, campsites, trips, programs, and activities are cancelled and closed until July 1, 2020.  AMC High Mountain Huts and AMC's White Mountain Hiker Shuttle will be closed for the remainder of 2020. For complete details on AMC closures and cancellations, please click here.

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. 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.

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.

Franconia Notch State Park hikers, please click here for more information regarding parking.

Read more about hiking in New Hampshire:
A Four Waterfall Hike in the White Mountains
Hikes to Great Heights
Kid Friendly Hikes
Leaf Peeping Hikes
Popular Winter Hikes

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 be sure to review HikeSafe before you head out, and do your part to ensure that New Hampshire's extensive hiking routes remain safe and enjoyable for all.