Where to go snowshoeing in New Hampshire
Snowshoeing is a family-friendly winter sport that offers outdoor exercise and fun for all ages and abilities. And the best part? You can usually snowshoe for free or at a nominal cost (to cover trail or rental usage) so snowshoeing is very budget friendly (if you already have the equipment, that is).
New to snowshoeing and not sure what to expect? Snowshoeing is basically walking or hiking on snow and really only requires snowshoes and poles for equipment. If you want to buy your own snowshoes, they range from about $40 - $150 and poles are usually included in the price. If you plan to go more than a couple times each winter, you should definitely invest in buying your own snowshoes and hitting up the local, free trails. You can find snowshoes at EMS, L.L. Bean, Sports Authority, etc. or even stores like Ocean State Job Lot and Walmart. If you want to try out snowshoeing before making the investment of buying your own equipment, you can usually rent snowshoes (see a list of places below).
Here are some of our favorite spots in New Hampshire to go snowshoeing. (Psst -- these trails are also great cross-country ski trails, too!)
If you have your own snowshoes, here’s where to go:
- Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown
- Old Bridle Path in Holderness
- Mount Monadnock Loop and Monadnock State Park in Jaffrey
- Franconia Notch State Park in Franconia
- Battery Point via the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn
- Lake Massabesic, in general, has some great trails to check out. We recommend the entrances via By-Pass 28 (parking areas near the Auburn traffic circle or the parking lot at the Audubon Center).
- Heald Pond Trail in Wilton
- Hamlin Recreation and Conservation Area Trail in Meredith
- Odiorne State Park in Rye
- Mine Falls in Nashua
- Group walks and snowshoe meet each Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m.
- Raymond Park in Pelham
- Enjoy a series of moonlight hikes throughout the winter at no cost. Registration is required and rentals are available for $15.
If you’re looking to rent snowshoes or groomed trails, here’s where to go:
- Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation in Intervale
- Trail rates range from $5-$15; rentals are $14
- Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford
- Trail rates range from $12-$17
- Waterville Valley Resort in Waterville Valley
- Trail rates range from $12-$15
- Pats Peak Ski Resort in Henniker
- Rentals are $19
- Jackson Ski Touring Foundation in Jackson
- Trail rate is $10 per person; rentals are $12; 2-hour tours are $15 per person
- Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch
- Trail rate is $10-$20; rentals are $15-$20
- Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia
- Guided snowshoe saunters are $10 per person
- Saturdays, January 16, 23, 30 and February 13, 20 and 27; from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- Eastman Cross Country Center in Grantham
- Eastman holds several cross country skiing and snowshoe events, including moonlight events
- Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods
- Trail rates range from $7-$21; rentals are $15 for a half day and $19 for full day
- Guided tours and expeditions are also available for $55 per person
- Windblown Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in New Ipswich
- Trail rate is $12 for ages 8 and up; rentals range from $8-$12
- Loon Mountain Adventure Center in Lincoln
- Self guided trail rates range from $11-$13; rentals range from $13-$22
- Two hour summit guided tours range from $32-$47; two hour base guided tours range from $32-$42
- Beaver Brook Association in Hollis
- Daily rentals range from $8-$10 and weekend rentals are $20
- Granite Gorge Ski Area in Keene
- Trail pass and rental fee is $8
- Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center in Hanover
- Daily rentals are $7-$15 and $30-$60 for weekly rentals
- Trail rates range from $5-$15
- Dexter’s Inn in Sunapee
- Trails are open to inn guests and the public
- Trail rate is $12 (rate for inn guests is $8); rentals are $12
- Bear Notch Ski Touring in Bartlett
- Trail rates range from free for kids to $18 for adults; seniors are $13
- Rentals are $15
Did we miss one of your favorite trails or spots? Let us know in the comments below!