961 Main StreetBerlin, NH, 03570Phone: 603-228-0836
Whether you’re an ambler or a hard-core hiker, this region has trails and paths for you
Ambling through meadows, scaling mountains, trekking trails by rivers and ponds: That’s hiking in the Androscoggin Valley, New Hampshire’s most engaging outdoor playground. At Great Glen Trails, explore 28 miles of rolling carriage roads and tracks through the woods: perfect for strollers and dogs! Ask about the Trails Tracker Scavenger Hunt. Or lace up your hiking boots to hit the hundreds of miles of trails in the White Mountain National Forest, Jericho Mountain State Park and Milan Hill State Park. Over 100 miles of Appalachian Mountain Trails run through the White Mountains and the Mahoosucs. Or hike into Glen Ellis Falls in Gorham, NH, where a majestic waterfall tumbles 64 feet into an emerald-green pool. Stop at the information booth to get information on swimming holes in the area.
Nansen Wayside Park
Route 16Milan, NHPhone: 603-823-7722 Ext - 75
Located near the banks of the Androscoggin River, Nansen Wayside Park is a popular place for picnicking, fishing, and boating. The park spans 14 acres and is the site of the 170-foot steel-framed Nansen Ski Jump, seen towering over the area. Nansen Wayside Park is unstaffed but is open to the public year-round at no charge. There is no winter maintenance. A boat launch is available. Information: www.nhstateparks.org
1212 West Route 26Dixville, NH, 03576Phone: 603-538-6707
Dixville Notch State Park spans 127 acres. Within the park is a scenic gorge and waterfalls on two mountain brooks. Hiking trails lead to Table Rock and nearby mountains. The park is also a great spot for picnicking. Pets allowed.
John Wingate Weeks Historic Site
Off Route 3Lancaster, NHPhone: 603-788-4004
The Mount Prospect estate was built by John Wingate Weeks, conservationist, congressman, senator, and Secretary of War. Set at the top of Mount Prospect, the house and grounds on this 420-acre estate provide a 360-degree panorama of mountain splendor, including the Presidential Range, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the upper Connecticut River Valley.
Hours: Late June to early September, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.; mid-September to mid-October, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: New Hampshire residents admitted free of charge; non-resident adults, $7; children ages 6-11, $3. Information:
Beaver Brook Falls Wayside Park
Off Route 145Colebrook, NHPhone: 603-538-6707
Beaver Brook Falls Wayside is 7.3 acres in size and is a popular place for hiking. The park has a scenic picnic area with picnic tables and small picnic shelters. A group use area is available. Beaver Brook Falls Wayside is unstaffed but is Open to the public year-round at no charge. No restrooms are available and all items (including trash) must be carried out with you when you leave. Pets allowed. Information: www.nhstateparks.org
Off Route 110 to Emerson Road to nash Stream RoadOdell, NHPhone: 603-788-4157
More than just one stream, this is actually 40,000 acres of undeveloped land. It's available for public use for hiking, fishing, paddling, hunting, snowmobiling, ATV riding, and cross-country skiing. Camping is not permitted. Information: www.nhdfl.org.