Best Outdoor Attractions in New Hampshire | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards
The Granite State has plenty to offer in the Great Outdoors. Read our picks for the best outdoor attractions in New Hampshire for 2014.
BEST FAMILY CAMP:
AMC’S THREE MILE ISLAND, Laconia
Many families return the same week every summer to hike, swim, canoe, and sail. Or simply relax at the main house with its game rooms, fireplace, library, and piano. Three Mile Island. 603-279-7626; 3mile.org
BEST OBSTACLE COURSE:
MOUNT SUNAPEE ADVENTURE PARK, Newbury
Zipline tours, an aerial challenge course, and off-road Segway excursions are ideal for summer adventurers, while chairlift rides are perfect for those counting down to ski season. 1398 Route 103. 603-763-3500; mountsunapee.com/mtsunapeewinter/adventurepark/welcome.asp
NORTHERN FOREST CANOE TRAIL, North Stratford
This section of the Connecticut River offers lots of sandy beaches for swimming and picnics, and best of all: no portages. Look for great blue herons, river otters, beavers, and minks. 802-496-2285; northernforestcanoetrail.org/PlanaTrip-3/North-Stratford-to-Guildhall-97
BEST BLUEBERRY PICKING:
PITCHER MOUNTAIN, Stoddard
It’s hard to look down, given the views of Mount Monadnock along this easy climb, but you’ll be rewarded if you do—fresh wild blueberries are everywhere you look, and yours for the picking. Route 123
SCULPTURED ROCKS NATURAL AREA, Groton
The Cockermouth River carved out this narrow canyon, stretching across 272 acres, while on its way to Newfound Lake during the Ice Age. Today, you can scramble along the edges and explore its unique shapes and potholes—and if you’re more adventurous, take a dip in its cool waters. 251 Sculptured Rocks Road, between Routes 3A and 118. 603-227-8745; nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/sculptured-rocks-natural-area.aspx
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