The Sunapee region is well known for its namesake lake, Lake Sunapee. But surrounding the lake in neighboring towns are many wonderful trails to get you out and about in nature. Read on for some great family hikes within the Sunapee region!
Winslow Park - Wilmot, NH
This is a lovely park with a large playground, covered pavilion, fire pits, and sprawling views to the west. If you take the hike up Kearsarge mountain it is rather difficult and 2.7 miles. If you're looking for a view with optional hiking this might be the choice for you. However, if you're looking for an easy hike up Kearsarge, you might consider Rollins State Park listed below.
Where: 475 Kearsarge Mountain Road Wilmot, NH 03287
Amenities: Picnic sites, restrooms, playground, lookout tower
*There is a park fee during the on-season months
Clark Overlook - New London
This is a very easy, and accessible trail just off the Interstate 89 in New London. The trail is wide and very clear with gravel the entire way. There is a gradual incline to the overlook which has great views to the south over Lake Sunapee.
Where: Clark Lookout Trailhead or the Park and Ride at Davis Hill Rd and Route 103A
Amenities: There are no amenities, but the overlook is cleared with a bench and many boulders to take in the view from
Rollins State Park - Warner, NH
If you're looking to climb Mount Kearsarge (which is a great idea), with young children this route might be preferable to the trail up the Winslow State Park side. This is a moderately easy loop that is 1 mile.
Where: Winslow State Park, Warner
Amenities: Lookout tower, picnic areas, restrooms
Sunset Hill Trail - Newbury, NH
This is a moderately difficult, 1.7 mile hike. It begins moderately but most elevation is gained toward the end of the hike. The view is so worth it though, with a nice rocky clearing overlooking Lake Sunapee
Where: The trailhead is on Chalk Pond Road near Blodget Brook Road
Cocoa's Path - New London, NH and Elkins
This is a gentle 1 mile trail along the Great Brook near Pleasant Lake. It is an easy hike in nature, and you're likely to find trout in the stream.
Where: Park along Lakeshore Drive at the northwest edge of Pleasant Lake.
Bog Mountain - Wilmot, NH
This is a moderate hike as well, but long in duration-4.4 miles round trip. The hike starts off in the forest along Kimpton Brook, then as you reach the Bog Mountain trail you gain elevation to the summit. This would be a great hike to do if you're looking for a longer hike, but the weather is questionable and you need to turn back.
Where: Park on School House Road just off Route 4A