Epic Summer Adventures in the Great North Woods

Are you and your crew are always up for trying something new? Love relaxing in the outdoors? The Great North Woods is just the place to do all of the above this summer. Here are a few ideas to get your summer getaway planning started.

Set up Camp

Lake Francis State Park

When you’re up in the divine wilderness, you’re going to need a place to stay. Camp or rent a cabin at beautiful Lake Umbagog State Park, Coleman State Park or Lake Francis State Park, where nature, hiking, kayaking, boating and swimming are all right out your proverbial front door. It won’t be hard to find a cottage, hotel, or resort you’ll love in the region, but it’s worth noting that when National Geographic profiled the region last year, writer Robert Reid was happy with the Lopstick Lodge (not to mention the breakfast sandwiches at Treats and Treasures)!

The Heart-Pounding Part

Want to get your group’s adrenaline going? Hit the trails on an ATV. The Ride the Wilds ATV Trail network in Coos County is made up of 1,000 miles of interconnected trails that run through deep woods and by rural towns where you can stop in for a bite to eat. Did you know New Hampshire has white-water rafting? It could be the perfect trip on particularly warm days.

Kick Back

Dixville Notch State Park, Photo by: @alexbleeker

Low-key activities aren’t hard to come by in the Great North Woods either. Take a waterfall walk through Dixville Notch State Park, go fly fishing or join a guided moose tour where you may just get rewarded with other wildlife sightings, including bears! Then gather for some seasonal, locally-sourced grub at Libby’s Bistro and Salt Pub—our Facebook fans and Julia Child herself have sent their compliments to the chef here! Our Facebook fans also recommend Rainbow Grille and Buck Rub Pub up in Pittsburg.

The above recommendations are from the VisitNH Social Media Communities that provided their favorite New Hampshire hot spots.