View of Lake Winnipesaukee from Mt. Major

Hiking Around Lake Winnipesaukee

Views of Lake Winnipesaukee can be found in many spots around the lake. One of the best ways to get a glimpse of the spectacular views as well as get some exercise as the same time is to take a hike. There are countless hiking opportunities in New Hampshire, including many right in the towns around Lake Winnipesaukee, but also many options in the White Mountain National Forest – just a short drive to the North. See a few select Winnipesaukee area hikes below and for more resources, visit: www.visitnh.gov | www.nhstateparks.org

Alton / Gilford Area

Mt Major – Route 11 A about five miles north of Alton Bay (close to Ellacoya State Beach) Beautiful views. 2 1/2 miles
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Belknap Mountain – Gilford Turn of Route 11A at Gilford, drive south through Gilford Village, pass the high school, road makes a sharp left. And you will begin drive up Belknap Mountain Road to parking and trailhead. 1 1/2 miles, vertical rise 740 feet Spectacular views. More Information

Gunstock Recreation Area – Four season recreation area on Route 11 in Gilford. It includes a major downhill ski/tubing area on Mount Rowe and Gunstock Mountain, a 420-site campground, summer mountain Sports Park. More Information


West Rattlesnake Mountain – Rt. 113 Trailheads off Rt. 113- approx. 5 miles from downtown Holderness on right. Short climb with spectacular views.
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Red Hill –  Fire tower run by town of Moultonborough Fire Department. Bean Road in Center Harbor 1.4 miles to Shibley Road to parking lot with gated jeep road. Distance to tower 1.7 miles. More Information

Castle in The Clouds – several trails from easy to moderate. Waterfalls and beautiful views at the castle. More Information


Abenaki Tower – Wolfeboro Route 109 in Tuftonboro. A 5-minute walk from the parking area to an 80’ tower overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Mountains.

Cotton Valley Trail – Wolfeboro to Sanbornville – A 12-mile railroad corridor stretching from Lake Winnipesaukee to the railroad turntable in Sanbornville. It meanders across three lakes, many trestles, Cotton Valley and winds through scenic woods and fields. Contact Wolfeboro Chamber for info 603-569-2200


NH State Parks Maps and Campground Guides

New Hampshire State Parks Map  (3MB)

Wherever you are in New Hampshire, you’re probably no more than an hour from a NH State Park. Our parks, historic sites, trails, and waysides are found in a variety of settings, ranging from the white sand and surf of the Seacoast to the cool lakes and ponds inland and the inviting mountains scattered all over the state.

To order your copy of the NH State Park Map call (603) 271-3556 or e-mail us at [email protected] Copies of the map will also be available at NH Welcome and Information Centers and staffed NH State Parks.

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