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Best Hiking Trails in New Hampshire – USA


New Hampshire, a state in the northeastern US, is very popular for hiking, with the main areas being the White Mountains in the northern part of the state and along the Appalachian Trail. Well known hikes include Mount Washington, Mount Monadnock, Franconia Notch Ridge Trail, and Mount Kearsarge. The best months to hike in New Hampshire are June to October. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in New Hampshire. 

Capital: Concord

When To Hike in New Hampshire – USA?

June – Early October: Driest and warmest period, early October is usually ok and is great for fall foliage
May: Depending on the year, May could be fine, but often wet and muddy.
Late October – April: Cold, snow

Climate: Humid continental – Warm, humid summers and long, cold, snowy winters.  Windy


Weather Around the State | NH.gov

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: Well established trails, with good maps and guidebooks.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in New Hampshire for hiking:

  • North Conway
  • Lincoln
  • Gorham
  • Franconia
  • Hanover
  • Lancaster


Most popular hikes in New Hampshire – USA

The White Mountains run through much of the state. The Presidential range contains the highest peaks of the White Mountains (with Washington being the highest) and named after US presidents. There are many subranges of the White Mountains and there is hiking outside of designated areas. Most popular spots seem to be in the Central and South. They talk a lot about 4,000 footers here. Highest Mountain: Mount Washington (1916 m) in the White Mountains.

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Pilot Range

  • Part of the White Mountains
  • Mount Cabot (the most northern 4,000 ft)

Mount Kearsarge State Forest Park

Mount Monadnock

  • Standalone mountain – very popular place, easy drive from Boston;

Franconia Notch State Park

Crawford Notch State Park

White Mountains National Forest

Long Distance Trails of New Hampshire – USA

New Hampshire – USA's Walking & Hiking Resources

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New Hampshire Hiking Books: Lots of books

  • Hiking New Hampshire: A Guide to New Hampshire’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, by Larry Pletcher and Greg Westrich, 2019, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/4aW4bVr
  • Hiking the White Mountains: A Guide to New Hampshire’s Best Hiking Adventures, by Lisa Densmore Ballard and James Buchanan, 2020, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3VZ05aK
  • New Hampshire’s 52 With a View – a Hiker’s Guide (2nd Edition), by Ken MacGray, 2020, Ken MacGray – https://amzn.to/43XoGPn (very popular self-published guide)
  • White Mountain Guide: AMC’s Comprehensive Guide to Hiking Trails in the White Mountain National Forest, by Ken MacGray and Steven D. Smith, AMC – https://amzn.to/4aSKQ7A
  • Climbing New Hampshire’s 48 4,000 Footers: From Casual Hikes to Challenging Ascents, by Eli Burakian, 2018, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3Jmuh8c
  • Explorer’s Guide 50 Hikes in the White Mountains: Hikes and Backpacking Trips in the High Peaks Region of New Hampshire (Seventh Edition), by Daniel Doan, Ruth Doan MacDougall, 2013, Countryman Press – https://amzn.to/3xCtihT
  • Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide: AMC’s Comprehensive Resource for New Hampshire Hiking Trails South of the White Mountains, featuring Mounts Monadnock and Cardigan, by Ken MacGray and Steven D. Smith, AMC – https://amzn.to/3xz5Fqh
  • Moon New England Hiking: Best Hikes Plus Beer, Bites, and Campgrounds Nearby, by Moon Travel Guides, 2020, Moon Guides – https://amzn.to/4aS4Bw3
  • Appalachian Trail Guide to New Hampshire-Vermont, by Cynthia Taylor-Miller, 2018, Appalachian Trail Conservancy – https://amzn.to/3xNfDUU


New Hampshire Hiking Associations/Clubs: – there are many clubs


Best Hiking Trails in New Hampshire:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official park websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Mount Washington – White Mountain National Forest
  • Mount Monadnock – Monadnock State Park
  • Franconia Notch Ridge Trail – White Mountain National Forest
  • Mount Osceola – White Mountain National Forest
  • Mount Chocorua – White Mountain National Forest
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Mount Willard – White Mountain National Forest
  • Welch-Dickey Loop Trail – White Mountain National Forest
  • Mount Cabot – Pilot Range

Easy Hiking Trails in New Hampshire:

  • Mount Major – Major Mountain State Forest
  • Arethusa Falls – Crawford Notch State Park
  • Mount Kearsarge – Mount Kearsarge State Park


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What Else To Do

  • Flume Gorge
  • Diana’s Baths

Other Important Points

  • New England states have mud season, also hunting season in the fall