Take a walk, read a story

Storybook trails and Story Walks are the perfect blend of exercise and education

A storybook trail or Story Walk gives kids an opportunity to learn while engaging in a children’s story and get some exercise. Here’s a list of trails for you to check out across New Hampshire. Did we miss one? Let us know by sending information to editor@parentingnh.com and we’ll add it to the list.


The Winnie the Pooh Trail is located on Goodwill Conservation Land in Barrington. Enjoy both the natural environment in which it is set and the signs and pictures celebrating the children’s classics with text by A.A. Milne and illustrations by E.H. Shepard.

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Check out Brookline Public Library’s Story Walk located on Mary’s Trail, between South Main St and the Sunoco Gas Station on Route 13, it is a great outdoor activity for the little ones. The story is frequently changed and announced on Facebook.

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Petals in the Pine’s Tail Trail is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Their second story of the season, “Summer’s Fight, Pollen’s Delight” by Flora Carla Caputo is open through Sept. 30, daily 9-6.

While you are there, you can visit their other trails and walk the grass paths through the gardens while you’re here. You can also build Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes along any of the trails and bring a picnic blanket and have a snack.

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Beaver Brook Association has created a storywalk trail for preschoolers. Park at Maple Hill Farm. Walk to the front of the Brown building labeled Workshop. Looking at the workshop, walk to the grassy area to the right. You will see the beginning of a trail marked Sassafras blazed with yellow leaf shapes; that’s where you will find the story walk. There will be three little stream crossings on this short walk.

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You can take a walk and read a story on the Storybook Trail and experience great children’s stories in a unique way.  It’s a wonderful way for the family to read and play together.  Presented by the Believe in Books foundation. Story changes weekly.

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The Jackson Public Library hosts and maintains a Story Book Trail behind the Library. You will see the frame from the parking lot and from there the trail is to your left. It is a backwoods trail and rugged footwear is required. All the attendant hazards should be expected including wet and slippery ground, poison ivy, flying and biting insects, wild animals, and magical gnomes and fairies. The story is changed weekly or bi-weekly.

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