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8 Must-Trek New Hampshire Hiking Trails
North Mountain Trail
Mount Pawtuckaway 1 of 9
The flat lands of southern New Hampshire make this small mountain stand out among farms and forests. As you climb the North Mountain Trail you'll pass the Round Pond, a number of beaver ponds and an unusual boulder field. Stop at a few of the many outlooks along the side of the trail for a truly scenic hike from start to finish.
Belknap Mountain 2 of 9
Just under 2 miles, this out and back trail takes hikers through a forested path, weaving its way to the top of the mountain. Don't be disappointed when you reach the top and realize that the views are less than stellar. Climb into the fire tower, where panoramic views will take your breath away.
Mount Monadnock 3 of 9
This scenic New Hampshire hiking trail begins at the Gilson Pond area and connects to a network of trails nearby. NHMagazine.com suggests heading from this trail to the Cascade Trail. From there, hop on Red Spot Trail and then connect to the Pumpelly Trail, which will lead you to a less crowded spot where you can eat lunch and relax. On a clear day, keep your eyes peeled for the Boston skyline to the south. If you want to reach the summit, take the Cascade Trail all the way up.
Bemis Brook Trail
White Mountains 4 of 9
This must-try New Hampshire hiking trail ends at Arethusa Falls, the single longest drop in New England. The shaded, 1.5-mile trek to the falls slowly climbs, becoming steeper with each step. Stop at one of the many small waterfalls and pools along the trail if you're feeling tired. These are a result of Bemis Brook, which the trail follows to the top.
Sawyer River Trail
Mount Carrigain 5 of 9
Mountain valley terrain dominates this charming New Hampshire hike that combines dirt mountain road and forest-covered trails. A trailside river, changing scenery and multiple river crossings keep the 9.4-mile round trip hike interesting. Avoid this hike in the spring, when it's nearly impossible to complete due to overflowing river waters.
Temple Mountain 6 of 9
Unique rock outcroppings make this one of the most unique New Hampshire hiking opportunities. You reach Sharon Ledges within the first few minutes of the hike, which provides spectacular views of the forests down below and the tops of Watatic and Monadnock in the distance. A variety of overlooks dot the trail on your way to top, each one offering a view of something new.
Cardigan Mountain 7 of 9
This gentle hike is just over 3 miles long, and weaves along the ridgeline providing stunning views almost the entire way to the top. A forest of northern white birch and oak surrounds the trail, but be sure to look down for trillium and purple violets. Once at the summit, enjoy 360-degree views of Canaan and the White Mountains.
Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail
Mount Washington 8 of 9
A babbling trailside river, which turns into waterfalls along the way, makes this New Hampshire hiking trail one to remember. Be sure to stop at the overlook, just past the 600-foot waterfall, for a scenic lunch. This is the most direct route to the summit, which allows you to reach the top in just under 4.5 miles. Reserve your spot in the Lakes of the Clouds Hut for a night before heading back down. The hut is 3 miles from the trailhead, making it the perfect turnaround spot if you're just looking for a day hike.