New Hampshire Mountain Bike Trails
New Hampshire welcomes mountain bikers to its state parks, forests and extensive trail systems. It is considered one of the most bike friendly states in the Northeast U.S. with over 300 miles of recreational New Hampshire Rail Trails, 6,830 miles of snowmobile trails and 250 miles of ATV trails ideal for mountain biking. Some popular places to ride are Bear Brook, Pawtuckaway, and Pisgah State Parks.
For those who delight in getting off the beaten path, New Hampshire offers mountain biking adventures on hundreds of miles of roads that skirt around serene lakes, through rolling mountain terrain, lush forest, picturesque villages and covered bridges. With so much of New Hampshire available for bicycling, it's the ideal north country mountain bike destination.
Bordered on the north by the Canadian Province of Quebec, Vermont to the west, Maine to the east, and the White Mountains to the south, the Great North Woods region is one of the last true wilderness areas. 97 percent of the land is heavily forested. While, much of the land is privately held,
landowners often permit recreational trail use. There are numerous backcountry trails and logging roads to explore by mountain bike. Don't be surprised if you see a moose watching you ride by!
The Great North Woods region also has one of the most comprehensive, well-marked
and maintained snowmobiling trail systems in the Northeast. While the roads and trails in this region are not heavily traveled, bicyclists should be
alert to logging and other truck traffic. If you want to get away from it all, you can't pick a better place.
The White Mountains region is home to Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast (6,288 feet above sea level) and the White Mountains National Forest. While many of the forest roads and trails are physically challenging and require long steady climbs and steep descents, there is plenty of variety. Choose from a network of forest and old logging roads, snowmobile trails, country lanes and historical rail trails to fit any skill level. Several of the region's downhill ski areas, including Attitash, Loon Mountain and Waterville Valley, offer lift-served mountain biking in the summer.
Mountain biking here is a safer choice than road biking, especially for families, because traffic during peak summer season is heavy. The Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Pinkham Notch offers children a nice place to ride.
The Lakes region, known as "The Land Between The Lakes" is a transitional zone between the "plains" of Southern New Hampshire and the White Mountains. 273 lakes and ponds and the nearby White Mountains make this a popular resort haven.
Besides boating, fishing and swimming, there are also some interesting places to mountain bike. A local favorite is Blue Job Mountain, located near Blue Job Mountain State Forest and the town of Rochester. Gunstock ski area has a trail system that can be used for biking during the warmer months. For a scenic lakeside ride, Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest on the shores of Squam Lake has a mix of easy and intermediate level biking trails. The Wolfeboro / Sanbornville Recreational Trail offers a pleasant, scenic ride along an old railroad bed with wildlife viewing opportunities and historical points of interest along the way. More choices are available just 45 minutes away in the White Mountains.
The Merrimack Valley/Seacoast region has a history that dates way back to the founding of our nation. Even though it is the most heavily populated part of the state, there are some great places to bike. Some highlights are Bear Brook State Park Trails ,
the largest developed State Park in New Hampshire with nearly 40 miles of rideable trails, the popular Pawtuckaway State Park and the well-maintained 25 mile Rockingham Recreational Trail.
Mostly rural, the Monadnock region in the Southwestern corner of New Hampshire, is known for its quaint villages, rolling farmlands and historic mills and antique barns. Pisgah State Park, the largest in the New Hampshire Park's system, is a mountain biking mecca.
The Dartmouth Lake/Sunapee region is characterized by undulating green hills and farmland, picturesque villages with white clapboard churches, historic covered bridges and numerous colleges and academies. The Connecticut River runs along the western side of the region. The terrain along the river valley is relatively flat to rolling, becoming hillier the further eastward you travel. Pillsbury State Park although remote, is a popular mountain biking destination. The Sugar River Rail Trail travels over almost a dozen bridges, including two historic covered bridges. Mountain bikers can find additional miles of scenic routes on country lanes to ride.
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