I am no fan of fishing - have way too little patience for that :-) But I did see a lot of people doing this in the White Mountains. Naturally, the region is heaven for fishing. The clear and cold rivers and lakes are home to trouts for example. Fishing licenses are required and available online at www.nhfishandgame.com and at more than 275 license agents throughout the state.
Equipment: No idea, but you can certainly rent or buy in several shops all over the White Mountains.
We drove towards Crawford Notch. Unlike recommended we took (gravel) Sawyer River Rd. only about 2 miles, then parked the car. I suspected that the parking at the end of the road was fully occupied (I was right!) and so we decided to hike the remaining 2 miles to the start of the actual hiking trail. Only three or four cars passed us on the way, so that was no problem. Past the gate at the end of the road we turned left, crossed a bridge across Sawyer River and hiked about one more hour through the forest to the pond. It was a breathtaking sight: dark blue water, foliage at peak, azur blue sky. We only met very few other hikers: some guys that had obviously camped at the tent platform sites or the shelter, two more families with dogs, a young couple. Where the hell were all the locals and tourists on that gorgeous day?
We decided to head towards the other end of the lake, trying to do the loop around it, and followed an unmarked, narrow path through the woods near the shore. We only made about half of the loop, then the underwood became too thick. Fortunately we found a nice picnic place, rested and had lunch. We hiked back on the same trail.
It's an easy hike, good for a half day and highly recommended.
Equipment: Nothing special. Sneakers will do. Bring your picnic and don't forget the camera!
As said before, the White Mountains are heaven for hikers. The famous Appalachian Trail crosses the White Mountains from Southwest to Northeast. The trail is well maintained but due to the high elevations the character of the White Mountains leg of the trail is quite different to that in other regions. Much of the Trail is above timberline, where the temperature may change very suddenly; snow is possible in any season. Be prepared for steep ascents and descents.
Equipment: Watch the weather forecast closely. Do not go if they predict rain/snow, storms or such. Bring layers - it can get very cold, even in summer. Bring enough food and water. A detailed map is highly recommended. Hiking boots are mandatory.
If you're looking for a thrilling adventure then do the ZipRider - you're on a seat, hanging on a zip-line cable and riding down for a half mile at a speed of up to 45 mph ... it's fun. You won't enjoy the views on your first ride, so I recommend you repeat that experience.
It has become quite expensive - the first ride is $20, additional rides $10. The ZipRider opens at 10 am, weather and wind permitting. Restrictions apply: Riders must weigh between 75 and 275 pounds and be at least 52" tall and not more than 80" tall.
Equipment: Nothing special.
Hiking is the favourite outdoor activity of most White Mountains visitors (except for the inevitable driving). An excellent place to start a hike is the Visitor Center of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) at Pinkham Notch. They provide meals in their restaurant, up-to-date trail information, educational offerings on the mountains and the Trading Post retail store. I bought a (relatively) detailed map of the White Mountains there for a few $$ which was very helpful. Next to the Visitor Centre you find a lodge that offers basic accommodation for hikers and tourists.
We hiked through the woods west of the notch road towards north. We were a little disappointed that we didn't get to see much of the scenery since it was all forested. But still, we enjoyed the fresh air (a bit too warm for fall, though), the foliage and the exercise. At some point we decided to head over to the other side of the notch road from where we could take the Wildcat gondola up the mountain. I wanted views (and got them, see my To Do tip on Wildcat!)
Equipment: Hiking boots are highly recommended - we didn't bring them (lack of room in the suitcases due to airline restrictions - the old problem). Sneakers were ok, though. A map, available at the Visitor Center for a few $$ is also recommended. Digital camera not to forget - you'll take plenty of photos :-)
Bring some food and definitely water - not available during the hikes. Sun screen is a must, too.
NASCAR rolls into New Hampshire twice a year - once in July and again in mid-September. New Hampshire International Speedway is... well... it ain't Daytona. It's a one mile flat track and not nearly as fast as many other NASCAR venues. Still, there's some great racing there, and one can plan a real nice trip around a race - as I did this fall (2004).
I've devoted my Loudon, NH page to the NHIS and the nuts and bolts of seeing a race there. Check it out!
Lake Winnepesaukee is our lake of choice in New Hampshire. We are so lucky to have friends with an old fashioned waterfront "camp". Not the slick kind of condo development or modern house...oh, no. This is what New Hampshire was really all about.
Mount Monadnock is located in the southwestern corner of the state. A "Monadnock" is a single rock peak above a plain that remains after the land around it has been worn away by glaciers".
Mt. Monadnock appears huge because it stands alone above the farmland.
The towns in this area are small and spread far apart. It's quite quaint with farms, forests, small ponds, lakes, and covered bridges.
The mountain is the second most-hiked peak in the world. The view at the top is supposedly beautiful rolling hills, forest, and farmland. If you do hike to the top of the mountain, you have a view of all six New England states: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and, of course, New Hampshire.
Unfortunately, we did not hike to the top because we had a child too young to join us.
Equipment: Plenty of water, good hiking boots, a hat, and a partner is needed for hiking to the top of Mount Monadnock.
Although I myself am not fond of winter sports, I find it great that the state encourages, and resorts provide opportunities for those who do enjoy winter sports.
nowmobile rentals are available at most resorts in the northern part of the state. In addition, snowmobile tours from one-hour jaunts up to a 120 mile Great Woods North Tour is offered at The Mount Washington Hotel Resort.
Skiing caught on in northern New Hampshire in the 1930s, and beginning in 1931, and for many years after, the Boston and Maine Railroad ran what they called "snow trains" to take skiers and other winter-lovers between Boston and North Conway.
Today, you will find dozens of ski trails, ski lodges, ski lifts, ski shops, and ski school throughout the White Mountains.
But, I find that the most unusual winter sport in New Hampshire is Snowshoeing!
Equipment: In winter, there is more than skiing; there's sledding and ice skating. All of these sports are part of the state's winter carnivals. Dartmouth College has one of the oldest and most popular winter carnivals in February.
Besides all the above mentioned sports and activities, they sponsor a snow sculpture contest. Some of the sculptures reach heights of thirty feet!
While at The Mount Washington Hotel, Allan and I played 18 holes of golf. It was just spectacular.
We played on the Par 71 Mount Washington Course. It was such fun to play a course that was built in 1915 and has hosted four New Hampshire Opens!
I must admit that it was a challenging course, and the magnificent setting nestled in the Ammonoosuc River Valley with its wonderful view of Mount Washington made it difficult to stay focused on the game!
Although we did not play the older 9-hole, Par 35 Mount Pleasant Course, we learned that it was opened in 1895 and that it has recently been restored.
You might like to know that the hotel has preserved the memory of famous hotel visitors who played golf here by dedicating lockers to them. Plagues line the lockers, and on each small plague is the name of a famous person such as Babe Ruth, John D. Rockfeller, Carl Sandburg, Joseph Kennedy, Winston Churchill, and Alfred Hitchcock.
Allan used the locked with the Alfred Hitchcock plaque above the locker.
Equipment: Collared shirts are required for men. T-shirts and shorts are not allowed. However, Bermuda shorts are acceptable. No jeans at any time.
The courses are open from 6:30-6:00.
18 holes will cost $78.00 to the public
18 holes will cost $68.00 for Resort guests
Note: photo is from brochure. I cannot find the one of Allan in the Golf Cart at Mount Washington Golf Course
Hiking is a great way to not only burn off calories but to see more of the nature you came to explore and get more in touch with it too. New Hampshire's White Mountains are full of great trails for all abilities so get out there and enjoy nature at its very best.
Equipment: Good hiking boots are essential for the White Mountain trails as they are rugged and spraining an ankle is never fun. Bring warm weather/rain gear no matter how the day starts out as in the mountains, things can change quickly and sometimes it is not just comfort you will be sacrificing, but your life.
Equipment: Beautiful country for ice fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, boating, sunning, relaxing. Not to mention skiing !
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