With miles of remote wilderness, uncrowded mountain peaks, pristine waterways, soul-stirring scenery and abundant wildlife, New Hampshire’s North Country is a paradise for anyone who loves outdoor adventure. Here are five outdoor activities you can enjoy while exploring the North Country.
- Hiking – The North Country is home to miles of primitive, scenic hiking trails and dramatic mountain peaks that offer all the adventure and beauty of those found elsewhere in the state, and lack only the crowds. Places like Mount Magalloway, Dixville Notch, Table Rock and Monadnock Mountain all offer enjoyable, rewarding hikes. Take on the long-distance Cohos Trail, a 173-mile trail connecting the northern and southern ends of Coos County. Or enjoy shorter, kid-friendly hikes such as Brousseau Mountain or the Fourth Connecticut Lake. The North Country will also soon be introducing the Go North 9er Hiking Challenge, which will challenge hikers to nine of the region’s beautiful mountain peaks. Keep an eye out for more details soon.
- Paddling – The region offers plenty of beautiful lakes, ponds and rivers to canoe or kayak. Scenic East Inlet has one of the region’s last stands of virgin forests and is a popular place to see wildlife such as moose and loons. Lake Umbagog has miles of scenic shoreline, remote islands you can explore, and cabins and campsites to stay in. Second Connecticut Lake has 11 miles of shoreline, and paddlers love exploring its islands and marshy inlets.
- Whitewater Rafting – For an exciting adrenaline rush, try whitewater rafting along the Androscoggin River. Several outfitters in the area offer exciting, family-friendly adventures.
- Biking – The North Country has miles of trails and rural roads weaving throughout the Great North Woods, making it a popular destination among cyclists.
- Camping – Enjoy sleeping out under the stars, surrounded by beautiful wilderness, at one of the North Country’s many campgrounds. The area has several state parks with scenic campgrounds, including Deer Mountain State Park and Lake Francis State Park. Several private campgrounds offer great sites and amenities, including Big Rock Campground and Cabins Log Haven Ramblewood Cabins and Campground