Once the snow blankets the ground and covers the trees, your summer hiking trail is instantly transformed into a winter wonderland. All of our hiking and walking trail recommendations we listed in the Great Outdoors section, can also make exceptional winter adventures. On this page we cover a few other locations and trails that are worth seeking out during the winter months.
258 Stagecoach Road, Sunapee, NH
A hidden gem, Dexter’s Inn is a 20-acre estate with an extensive trail network that winds through forests and fields offering a picturesque snowshoe experience. The trails are a blend of novice, intermediate and advanced to accommodate all hiking ability levels. Open to both Inn guests and the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with snowshoe rental gear available for both adults and children. Checkout their website for additional information or click here for their snowshoeing trail map.
Eastman Cross Country Center
6 Club House Lane, Grantham, NH
Located in Grantham, Eastman Cross Country Center provides ski, skate and snowshoe rentals for all ages. They have over 37k of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails that are groomed daily, and they offer a great blend of trails for all ability levels ranging from easy to difficult. Visit their site for current rental information and you can check out their trail map here.
Note: There are two dog-friendly trails available, totaling over 5 miles.
Knights Hill Nature Park
County Road, New London, NH
Knights hill offers various forested nature trail loops rated easy to moderate. All trails combined total about three miles—a great place for a quick snowshoe! Parking is easily accessible and well-marked. For more information, visit the New London Outing Club or the New London Conservation Commission.
Note: dogs are not allowed
Trail Map - Knights Hill Nature Park
Morgan Pond Trail
A great trail for both snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and it’s dog-friendly! This is a 3-mile (one way) out-and-back trail and rises about 600’ above Morgan Pond. Parking and the trail head are located off of Twin Lake Villa road in New London. Read the full trail description here.
Mount Kearsarge Access Roads
If you’re looking for a good workout and a nice view, then snowshoe your way to one of the two picnic areas on Mount Kearsarge in Winslow and Rollins State Parks. The access roads are closed to vehicles in the winter, but you may have to share the paths with some snowmobiles.
Newbury Trail, Mount Sunapee
We really like this trail in the winter as it provides a lot of shelter from the wind, but you are still rewarded with awesome views looking out at Lake Solitude from White Ledges. Park in Newbury Harbor (the public parking area is usually wide open during the winter months!). Walk across the road to Newbury Heights Road, take a right onto Lake View Ave and the trail head will be on the right).
View of lake Solitude from White Ledges on Mount Sunapee
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