Hiking

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.

Franconia Notch State Park Hikers:
The popularity of the White Mountains in attracting visitors has resulted in parking increasingly becoming a challenge in some locations. In Franconia Notch State Park, vehicles regularly overflow from the parking lots onto the shoulders of Interstate 93. In addition to being a safety issue, parking on the interstate is illegal. The volume of parked vehicles on a regular basis has reached the point where alternatives need to be found. We are looking for public input to assist with possible solutions for the 2018 travel season. Add your input by completing this hiking survey.