12 of the Best Hikes in New Hampshire

Did you know that New Hampshire contains over 4,000 miles of hiking trails? With so much wilderness to explore, we’re bringing you a list of the best hikes in New Hampshire! New Hampshire offers some of the most scenic (and challenging!) hiking opportunities in the country.  From its surreal, frozen waterfalls in the winter to postcard-worthy fall landscapes and everything in between, the Granite State has a little bit of everything in the way of scenery.

Head to Franconia Notch State Park and climb to Mount Pemigewasset’s (also known as Indian Head) 2,557ft summit for breath-taking views of the surrounding hills. Rated as moderately difficult, the Mount Pemi Trail can still be a family outing with a little extra time to navigate the switchbacks and stairs. 

Mount Pemigewasset

Lincoln Wood The Lincoln Woods Trail, “considered the gateway to the Pemigewasset Wilderness,” is about 10-miles, out and back, but you can certainly shorten your trip. 

Sugarloaf Affectionately known as “Smuggs,” Smugglers’ Notch Resort has over 1,000 acres of trails, wooded glades, and terrain parks with 3 mountains (Sterling, Madonna, and Morse) that are conveniently connected by trails and lifts. 

Basin-Cascade Only spanning 2-miles in length and rated as easy, the Basin-Cascades Trail located within Franconia Notch State Park is a must-see for the whole family. This water lover’s dream runs alongside Cascade Brook and passes by Kinsman Falls (15ft) and Rocky Glen Falls (35ft), amongst many other smaller cascades. You can even cool off on a hot day in the pool at the bottom of Kinsman Falls!

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