Four Great Kid-friendly Hikes in New Hampshire:
|Justin hiking Mt Major last spring|
1. Mt Major: Locate a short hike to a beautiful view on one of the main tourist arteries in the Lakes Region and you’re sure to generate plenty of interest. Within easy driving distance of Meredith, Weirs Beach, and Laconia, this well-trod path to the summit of Mount Major is a convenient family outing with sufficient challenge to give those who climb it the feeling they’ve completed a “real ” hike. From the summit, a unique summertime vista also encompasses two Mount Washingtons, the White Mountain peak on the northern horizon, and the historic steamship that plies the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee. Special attractions: Wide-angle views of Lake Winnipesaukee spread before a backdrop of White Mountain peaks.
Our favorite hike between Gilford and Laconia, NH!
2. The hike to Blue Job’s (near Strafford, NH) fire tower is a popular one with local families. An easy, appealing climb leads to an open summit with views that stretch to Boston, the Atlantic, and the White Mountains. What more can you ask of a mountain? Because the views make the hike, save Blue Job for a cloudless, sunny day. From the northeastern side of the parking lot, head southeast (right) on a wide, well-worn path, following the orange blazes. At first glance, the world of field and forest seems limited to greens and browns. But ask the kids to look for reds, yellows, pinks, and blues, and you’ll all be surprised at how colorful nature is. Great 1.4 mile hike.
3. Odiorne Point State Park’s(near Portsmouth NH) 135 acres include 2 miles of seashore, the largest undeveloped coastal tract in New Hampshire. Extending from Odiorne Point to the Witch Creek salt marsh, the park is an ironic blend of serene, natural beach, once called Pannaway by Native Americans, and concrete casements from the long abandoned World War II coastal defense installation of Fort Dearborn. Easy and educational 2.2 mile loop hike.
|Marely loved hiking Mt Major!|