Mountain Biking Trails to Try

9 New Hampshire Mountain Biking Trails to Try This Summer

Carved by both nature and the wheels of riders past, the rugged mountain bike trails of New Hampshire provide cyclists with the types of scenic and heart-pounding experiences that can’t be found or duplicated anywhere else on earth. Here, new riders and trail veterans alike can explore seemingly endless terrain, and, for those so inclined, turn a brief ride into a weekend getaway at one of the state’s many trail accompanying campgrounds. Divided by level of difficulty as outlined by the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA), here are 9 trails worth checking out this summer.

Beaver Brook

While Beaver Brook still provides some solid rocky single tracks for the more experienced mountain biker, the vast majority of its terrain is made for easy riding. That means a novice can expect to find plenty of wider double tracks and somewhat smoother rides. This 2,000-acre piece of land is also very well signed, which serves to help beginners differentiate between trails reserved for bikers, hikers and equestrians.

Kingman Farm

Owned by the University of New Hampshire, Kingman Farm is the perfect piece of land for a new rider interested more in exploration than pushing their physical limits (though there are some single tracks here as well to appease those looking for a more punishing ride). Expect well-maintained wide double tracks and beautiful views throughout Kingman Farm’s 335 acres, and always a good idea to bring along some bug spray when you ride!

Moose Brook State Park

Smooth riding and 59 campsites. Need we say more? Okay, fine. Nestled in the White Mountain Region, Moose Brook State Park’s 87 acres offer ample single- and double-track riding complemented by its beautiful scenery. Given its even-tempered landscape and proximity to the Peabody and Moose Rivers, Moose Brook is perfect for a weekend away full of riding, picnicking, swimming and fishing.

Bear Brook State Park

Recognized by as the “hands down” best place to ride in the state, 40 miles of trails offer mountain bikers a trip through New Hampshire’s largest developed state park. In addition to tremendous views, riders can expect both double- and single-track trail options, as well as long rides and deep descents for the thrill seeking cyclist. And don’t stop at riding! Bear Brook boasts a built-in campground, enabling you to make your ride one part of a glorious weekend of recreation, there are nice swimming options too.

Eastside Trail Network

Through the combined efforts of the Local Riders and the White Mountain NEMBA chapter, the Eastside Trail Network has evolved into a riding destination for visitors in the Mount Washington Valley. Running along the base of the Green Hills, on the eastern side of "The Valley," it offers a full spectrum of riding opportunities for all ability levels and tastes, including bridges, fast swooping single track and exciting descents. The trails also offer amazing views and visits to historical and archaeological sites. Access the trail head at the end of Hemlock Lane, just past the round about.

Drummer Hill & Goose Pond

Expect to get a little muddy at Drummer Hill & Goose Pond, but a refreshing stop at the pond will clean you off. Though of course, you might find yourself muddy again by the time you return to civilization.

Franklin Falls Dam

Franklin Falls Dam feels a bit out of place in New England, in that it’s not as rocky as some of the region’s typical terrain reserved for mountain biking. But don’t let the relative smoothness of the trails here fool you. Franklin Falls is no joke. The moderate to advanced rider here will still find plenty to challenge themselves with, namely slaloming through trees at high speeds. Oh, and the signature trail, “Mighty Chicken,” has an all-natural halfpipe.

Fort Rock

At Fort Rock, riders will be constantly faced with obstacles, be they rocks or roots, particularly at Oakland Hills (the land is separated by Route 101, with the adjacent Henderson-Swasey playing host to Fort Rock’s easier riding). First timers to Fort Rock, though, should be aware: It’s not hard to get lost here. NEMBA recommends bringing a map along for the ride. Failing that, should you find yourself lost, listen for the traffic of Route 101.

Highland Mountain Bike Park

Launched by a pair of mountain bikers in 2006, this man-made park is the perfect playground for the experienced rider, boasting dirty jumps and rocky paths throughout. Mega bonus: The park also has an indoor training center, complete with a foam pit for you to test the limits of what you and your bike are capable of, safely. And if you’re a novice tagging along with one of your more skilled friends, lessons are available to catch you up to speed.