Where to Snowshoe in the Lakes Region

January is here, and winter is in full force—time to get outside and enjoy the snow! In addition to all the great skiing, snowboarding, and ice-skating that New Hampshire has to offer, snowshoeing is also quite popular. Snowshoeing is a family-friendly and budget-friendly winter sport that provides outdoor exercise and fun for all ages. There are some beautiful places to explore by snowshoe around the Lakes Region, some a little less known. For the best recommendations, it’s always good to ask a local, and that’s what we did. Here are some of the great spots we discovered…

If you have your own snowshoes:

Hamlin Recreation and Conservation Area Trail, Meredith: a little-known gem that offers three diverse trails, meandering through forests, around ponds and meadows, and up to open ledges with mountain and lake vistas.

Old Bridle Path on Rattlesnake Mountain, Holderness: 0.9 mile one way, this short and easy journey will reward you with its beautiful views.

Waukewan Highlands Community Park, Meredith: a multi-use managed forest offers 3 marked trails that lead to a 3-acre pond.

Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest, Center Harbor: Located just off Rt. 3, offering a short walk to “On Golden Pond”.

Frederick & Paula Anna Markus Wildlife Sanctuary, Moultonborough: 200 acres on the north shore of Lake Winnipesaukee with two miles of walking trails. Co-located with the Loon Center and open dawn to dusk daily.

Red Hill, Center Harbor: 1.7 miles to the summit, offering wonderful lake views of Squam and Winnipesaukee

Page Pond & Forest, Meredith: 567 acres of un-fragmented forest, including the completely undeveloped 19-acre Great Pond, and an extensive wetland complex.

If you’re looking to rent snowshoes or walk on groomed trails:

Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford: Trail rates range from $12-$17

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, Laconia: Guided snowshoe walks are $10 – $12 per person, Saturdays throughout January and February. Moonlit Walks on January 13, February 10, and March 11.

Enjoy the winter wonderland!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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