Hiking & Trails
There are short hikes that, for minimal effort, can take you to a waterfall or a spectacular view, as well as longer hikes to scenic outlooks, lakes and ponds, and mountain summits.
Please remember when setting out on even the shortest hike that this is a mountain region, subject to rapid weather changes. Wear sensible shoes (rubber, not leather-soled which tend to be slippery), and bring an extra sweater or jacket. It's a good idea to also bring snacks or a lunch, and water. Do not rely on hiking apps as a reliable trail map. Many of these apps include unreliable information and cell service can be scarce in certain areas. For full trail descriptions, see the AMC White Mountain Guide, available at bookstores and outfitters, or visit the White Mountains Visitor Center for free handouts or to purchase maps. The Mountain Wanderer in Lincoln, NH is also a great resource for hiking information and maps.
***During this time, our trails are open year-round, but we would like to remind those who come to the White Mountains to hike, that social distancing rules still apply on trails. If a parking lot looks crowded, consider having a plan B hike in mind.
Your NH Adventure is calling -
Take Steps for the best possible experience!
- Plan ahead by checking the weather, road conditions, and trail/parking regulations .
- Scout trailhead parking availability and have alternative itineraries in mind.
- Prepare for trail difficulty with knowledge and gear including the 10 Essentials