, North Conway. 3600-4288 feet of vertical climbing spread over 8-10 miles (depending on your trail) takes you to the summit at 6288 feet, the highest peak in the northeast. Originally called Agiocochook by native Americans, the mountain boasts some of the planet’s most severe weather, and retains the world record for wind speed, 231 MPH, so plan ahead.
For those of you who’d like to see the spectacular view from the summit, but don’t have the time, energy or ability to hike to the summit, consider driving to the top via the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Yet another way to reach the peak is the famous Cog Railway.
Bald Mountain and Artistsí Bluff, Franconia. A two mile trail with a vertical rise of 400 feet. Moderate difficulty. Accesses Echo Lake beach. Vistas and a close up view of Franconia Notch.
Mount Lafayette Franconia. 3550 feet vertical feet over 5-8 miles takes you to the 5249 foot summit with its own Alpine Meadow. The Appalachian Trail crosses the summit. Like all the 5000 footers, it is notorious for making its own weather.
Bridal Veil Falls, Franconia. 3.5 mile hike, 1000 foot elevation change. A nice walk for a hot afternoon.
Mount Liberty, Mount Flume, Franconia. 8 mile hike 3000 feet elevation change. The Liberty Spring route tracks the Appalachian Trail to marvelous tent sites just below Franconia Ridge, then concludes with views from the fortress walls of Mount Libertyís awesome peak.
The Basin and Cascade Brook, Franconia. Three miles, 500 feet of vertical. This hike in Franconia Notch follows Cascade Brook for nearly 1.0 mile, visiting two waterfalls and numerous cascades along the way. Excellent views.
Mount Pemigewasset, Franconia. 3.6 miles round trip with a 1,170 foot elevation change finishing at the top of Indian Head Profile on the summit of Mount Pemigewassett. Seasonal home to large number of ravens it has notable views up and down the Notch.
Arethusa Falls Trail, Livermore. The stateís highest falls at 200 feet. Three miles, 1,000 feet of elevation change. Easy to moderate.
Appalachian Trail. Itís only a few miles from the inn and runs all the way to Georgia. In NH alone it runs 161 miles from the Connecticut River in Hanover to the Maine state line. Thousands of vertical feet over some of the best terrain along the entire Eastern Seaboard. Takes a whole season to hike from one end to the other.
Falling Waters Trail, Franconia. 6.4 miles, 2800 feet to summit of Little Haystack Mountain. Difficult. Trailhead in Franconia Notch State Park.
Georgiana Falls Path and Lincoln area hikes. This path, leading you to the Georgian and Cascade Falls, on Harvard Brook are accessed by an unmarked trail leaving from a parking area off Hanson Farm Road in Lincoln. An easy 1.3 mile hike leads to the Lower in a beautiful wooded setting. The Upper, or Harvard Falls are a steep 0.5 mile farther.
Greenleaf Trail, Franconia. 7.6 miles, 2100 foot rise to the top of Mount Lafayette. Moderate difficulty. Starting in Franconia The Greenleaf Trail leads from the tramway parking lot at the Cannon Mountain Ski Area to the summit of Mount Lafayette.
Lonesome Lake Trail, Lincoln. 3.3 miles rising a 1000 feet to finish at Lonesome Lake. Moderate difficulty.
Skookumchuck Trail, Franconia. 10 miles beginning in Franconia with a 3360 rise to the summit of Mount Lafayette. Moderate difficulty.
Cross Country Skiing
, skiing for everyone from novices to experts including moonlight tours.
Cannon Mountain 2148 vertical feet (the greatest in New Hampshire), less than 3 miles away. Recently expanded and upgraded and includes the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway.
. Ski the wall. Vertical drop of 3400 feet to the highway, 1500 feet in the ravine. No lift. The ultimate in advanced adventure skiing. Snow occasionally lasts year round and always into June or July.
Waterville Valley Ice Area is open starting in late October for ice skating, hockey and lessons.
Can be done anywhere.
Horse Drawn Rides
The Mount Washington Hotel offers sleigh rides. Weíll be glad to make you a reservation.