White Mountains region is a lovely setting for walking and hiking

Hiking - Androscoggin Valley Chamber - Berlin, NH
Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce

961 Main Street Berlin, NH, 03570 Phone: 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.
Trail Running - Great Glen Trails - Gorham, NH
Great Glen Trails

Route 16 at Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988

A walk in the woods has special moments for all ages and abilities of hikers

Walk and hike surrounded by the natural beauty of the White Mountains when you begin your trail adventure at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The center’s 28 miles of trails include smooth, rolling carriage roads and challenging single track, so all ages and abilities find something to both relax and challenge them. The single track has easier, intermediate and challenging/expert sections; the double track has intermediate and challenging/expert sections. The trails are clearly marked, dogs are more than welcome (on their leashes, of course), and the carriage roads are suitable for strollers. It’s the perfect way to spend a day in the spring, summer or fall. Check the website for information on the spring and fall trail running/walking series for all abilities.
Mountain Hike with the Dog - Town of Bethlehem, NH - Photo Credit The Rocks NH
Town of Bethlehem

So many trails to choose from, over different terrain types, in this mountain region

Every season in the White Mountains is breathtaking, and what better way to observe those remarkable vistas than by hiking along the region’s miles of inviting trails. In the Bethlehem, N.H., area, hikers often comment on the exceptional air quality and unsurpassed rugged beauty as well as the variety of trails to choose from. Take a paved trail up to the top of Mount Agassiz or stroll the short 1.5-mile Profile Rail Trail or the trails in the Bethlehem Town Forest. Extensive trails can also be found in Bretzfelder Memorial Park or The Rocks Estate, where the views are jaw-dropping and the wildlife plentiful, or hike some of the 4,000 footers in Bethlehem for spectacular views. The Appalachian Trail and many of New Hampshire's 4,000 footers are just up the road for more adventurous hikers.
Hiking by the Lake Purity Spring Resort Madison New Hampshire
Purity Spring Resort

1251 Eaton Road (Route 153) East Madison, NH, 03849 Phone: 603-367-8896 Toll-Free: 800-373-3754

Walking, strolling, hiking: Whatever you call it, there’s plenty of it at this four-season resort

Whether you prefer an easy stroll or a cardio-workout hike, there’s a trail for you when you stay at the Purity Spring Resort. Take an easy walk around the lake in the summer, get the snowshoes out and hike around a mountain at the King Pine Ski Area in the winter, or head to one of the area nature preserves with scenic trails. At the Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary, 2.4 miles of shoreline and wooded trails include the Heath View Trail, a wetland cove home to beavers, river otters, turtles and great blue herons. Of course, hiking in New Hampshire is particularly beautiful in the fall — bring a picnic lunch and celebrate those autumn colors. Ask for trail guides and trail advice at the main office.
Crawford Notch State Park-credit-NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development
Crawford Notch State Park

1464 US Route 302 Harts Location, NH, 03812 Phone: 603-374-2272

Mountain vistas, waterfalls, rivers, mountain hiking, campground

This is a place of spectacular mountain views, hiking trails, and waterfalls. Hikers can expect to see magnificent views. Hiking map.
See full listing for Crawford Notch State Park.
Franconia Notch State Park

Route 93 Franconia, NH, 03580 Phone: 603-823-8800

Park in a mountain pass has a lake, bicycling, camping, daytime attractions

This magnificent park within a mountain pass has the Lafayette Campground, open mid-May to Columbus Day. The park is popular for hiking. Parking can be difficult; please see the link below for parking for hikers. Hiking map. Parking for hikers.

See full description of Franconia Notch State Park.
Elephant Head Trail in Crawford Notch State Park

In Crawford Notch State Park off Route 302, just a little south of Saco Lake Carroll Carroll, NH Phone:

Just a bit south of the Crawford Notch train station and Saco Lake on Route 302, look for the trailhead. See the giant elephant's head formation across the road from the parking lot. The trail starts across the road from the parking lot. Elephant Head Trail offers a great view for little effort. It is a bit rugged but you walk only about one-third of a mile to see a sweeping view of Crawford Notch
Trail Info Sign - Echo Lake State Park - Conway, NH
Echo Lake State Park

68 Echo Lake Road (Route 302) Conway, NH, 03818 Phone: 603-356-2672

Swimming, picnicking, scenic trails to Cathedral Ledge, rock and ice climbing

The park has a scenic trail around the lake for views of Cathedral Ledge and also trails to take visitors to the top of the ledge itself, with expansive views of the White Mountains.
Admission: Adults $4, Children 6-11 $2. - Trail Map (PDF)
Boulder Loop Trail

Dugway Road off Kancamagus Highway Conway, NH Phone:

Boulder Loop Trail is a 3.1-mile loop trail in the forest, with lots of big boulders for kids to climb. The trail may be used from May until October. Dogs may this trail. The loop has good views from the top. Some rocky surfaces may be slippery when they are wet. In the spring or after a heavy rain, certain areas may show small washouts.
Distance & Elevation: 3.1 miles; 1750 feet
Difficulty: Moderate; fine for kids and teenagers
Lincoln Woods/Wilderness Trail

Four miles east of Lincoln off Kancamagus Highway (Route 112) Lincoln, NH Phone:

The Lincoln Woods Trail follows an old railroad grade. It starts at the Pemigewasset River suspension foot bridge. The trailhead has a ranger station and visitor center, bathrooms, and information about weather and walking conditions. The trails include Lincoln Woods Trail, Pine Island Trail, East Side Trail, Osseo Trail, River View Loop, Pemigewasset Wilderness, Flume Slide Trail, Black Pond Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, the Wilderness Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, Bondcliff Trail, and others. The Franconia Brook Campsite is on the East Side Trail.
Distance: Three to six of easy walking .
Directions: Lincoln Woods trailhead parking lot GPS coordinates are: N44° 03.811 | W071° 35.306. Map to trailhead.
Rocks Estate

4 Christmas Lane Bethlehem, NH Phone: 603-444-6228

This area features hiking trails, picnic areas and educational programs. The Rocks Estate has an extensive trail system open daily from dawn to sunset. Maps are available at our information kiosk near the parking lot. Dogs are welcome on leash.
Scrapbook Memory Trail meanders past the Tea House and Formal Gardens, the Carriage Barn, and the Tool Shed, with a winter stop at the fire pit, and great views in all seasons. (0.8 miles/easy).
Christmas Tree Trail leads visitors through The Rocks Christmas tree farm, past wetland, and artfully crafted stone walls, with views of the White Mountains along the way. (0.8 miles/easy)
Heritage Trail leads wanderers through woods and meadow, pausing at 20 sites along the way to tell the history of The Rocks estate. (1.5 miles/easy).