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Great Biking Trails in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

 

The WOW Trail | Laconia

The WOW Trail is a paved, 10 foot wide, multi-use rail trail in the City of Laconia enjoyed by bikers, walkers and runners of all ages.

Built within the State of New Hampshire owned railroad right-of-way, alongside the active tracks currently leased to the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, the trail currently spans from Elm Street in Lakeport to downtown Laconia and then on to the Belmont town line where it meets with Belmont’s Winnisquam Scenic Trail, creating 4.25 miles of continuous trail between Lakeport and Belmont’s Osborne’s Agway.

A portion of the WOW Trail veers out of the railroad right-of-way, from Bisson Avenue to Lyford Street, and again over the bridge on Fair Street, in order to avoid the RR trestles over the Winnipesaukee River. Users will note a widened sidewalk with a dashed line down the middle of these sections.

The WOW Trail has become a unifying landmark and point of pride for the City of Laconia.

For more information about our fundraising efforts, visit: https://www.wowtrail.org/

 

 

The Winnipesaukee River Trail

Looking for a mellow walk or bike ride on a scenic historic trail close to the Twin River’s, downtown areas, yet with the feel of wilderness? This 3.1 mile trail parallels the Winnipesaukee River and passes the historic upside down covered bridge.

You can also explore mill ruins and dams that tell the history of the mills that operated on this section of the river in the mid 19th century. Catch the glow of Spring as you overlook the Winnipesaukee River as it passes through a beautiful gorge. The trail is open to all non-motorized users from the historic railroad trestle in Franklin to Park Street in Northfield. In that area you can also view the collection of antique rail cars and cabooses.

 

For more information, visit: https://www.winnirivertrail.org/

 

 

The Cotton Valley Rail Trail

Wolfeboro – Brookfield – Wakefield, New Hampshire

The Cotton Valley Rail Trail is located in Wolfeboro, Brookfield and Wakefield, New Hampshire. This 12 mile hard packed Trail offers recreational opportunities to people of all ages and interests – walking, biking (please use caution on platforms when transitioning from trail to inside the rails), running, wildlife viewing, fishing and railway motor cars. And in winter cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

The Cotton Valley Trail Committee (CVTC) and all its partners and volunteers hope that you enjoy the opportunity to get outside and experience nature in a safe and beautiful environment. The CVTC suggests starting in downtown Wolfeboro or Turntable Park, Wakefield or anywhere in between to enjoy views of lakes, woods, open spaces, wetlands and wildlife. Take a moment to rest on one of our many benches or picnic tables and enjoy the silence and sounds of nature without traffic!

For more information, visit: https://cottonvalleyrailtrail.org/

 

 

Franklin Falls

Biking is a very popular use of the Franklin Falls trail system. Visitors are allowed to bike on any of the trails and the Franklin Falls trail system has trails designed especially for bike riders. These trails are located across from the project office, extending off the Coleman Road. The trail system was developed by a local mountain bike association known as NEMBA (New England Mountain Bike Association).

The mountain bike trail system is centered near the Franklin Falls Dam administrative offices on highway 127, three miles south of I-93 off exit 22. The system currently consists of approximately 10 miles of multi-use trail, built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers.

For more information, visit: https://www.nemba.org/trails/new-hampshire/franklin-falls-dam-franklin

 

Amazing Family Hikes and Scenery in the NH Lakes Region

 

Looking for a great opportunity to catch some summer sun in the Lakes Region? Here are some great places to Catch the Summertime GLOW!

There’s nothing like taking in the sunshine from up on high. So, lace up your boots and get some exercise as you enjoy the warm breeze on a Lakes Region trail. Mount Major in Alton is a popular trek that offers stunning views from the summit just two and a half miles from the parking lot off Route 11.

Piper Mountain is a quieter alternative, fun for its summit’s Flintstone-like furniture made from granite stones. The view of the foliage and nearby peaks will be great in the fall, but don’t expect a grand view of the lakes here—just little peeks on this peak.

Belknap Mountain’s woodsy trails are peaceful, and you’ll enjoy a panoramic view from the fire tower at
the top. Learn more about the Belknap Range trails at belknaprangetrails.org.

The Castle in the Clouds property, maintained by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, covers over 5,500
acres and offers views of waterfalls and the Ossipee Mountains. There are 28 miles of trails and old carriage
roads that the Conservation Trust makes available to the public. The Brook Trail offers views of seven waterfalls. For more difficulty, consider the two-and-a-half-mile Mount Roberts climb, or hike five miles to the Mount Shaw summit —  at 2,990 feet, the highest point in the Lakes Region.
Learn more about the Castle in the Clouds trail system at https://www.castleintheclouds.org/things-to-do/
hiking-walking-trails/.

 

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Looking for Local Farmer’s Markets?

Farmers’ Markets are a GREAT way to see the beauty and bounty of harvest season in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire… and the perfect way to sample the amazingly fresh flavors of our region!

Here are some ongoing farmer’s markets. Be sure to stop in!

Bethlehem Farmers Market

Dates: Each Saturday 

May – October 

Location: Corner of Park Avenue & Main Street

Hours: 9am – 2pm 

 

These weekly markets feature fresh produce, flowers/plants maple, meat, fish, baked goods, crafts, etc.

More information: website

Canterbury Farmers Market

Dates: Each Wednesday 

June 8 th – September 28th

Location: 9 Center Road, Canterbury NH

Hours 4 – 6:30, rain or shine

 

Canterbury Farmers Market offers the best in ultra-fresh and local greens and veggies, orchard fruits and berries, dairy and pasture-raised meat, eggs, maple products, and honey, ready-to-eat, artisan bread, preserves, flowers, and selected crafts. 

 

Each Market features a FREE live music concert that you can enjoy while shopping. 

The market is located in the historic center of Canterbury, nestled between the Elkins public library and the historic Town Hall. There is plenty of parking and easily accessible with lots of grassy areas for kids to safely play! For more information and a full schedule of events, check out their website at www.canterburyfarmersmarket.com

Concord Farmers Market

Dates: Each Saturday 

May 7th – October 29th 

Location: Capitol Street – Adjacent to the State House Lawn

Hours: 8:30am – 12pm 

This weekly market features fresh produce, flowers/plants, baked goods, maple, wines, beers, meat, dairy, fish, agricultural crafts, etc. For more information https://concordfarmersmarket.com/

Contoocook Farmers Market

Dates: Each Saturday

May – October 

Location: 897 Main Street, Contoocook Railway Depot Contoocook

Hours: 9 am to 12 pm Rain or shine 

This weekly market features fresh produce, eggs, flowers/plants, dairy, maple, baked goods, meats, herbs, weekly entertainment, etc.

More information: Facebook

Franklin Farmers Market

Dates: Each Thursday 

June 23rd – September 29th 

Location: Marceau Park – Central Street, Franklin

Hours: 3 pm – 6pm 

 

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is a great way to stay healthy! 

Make the Franklin Farmer’s Market part of your weekly routine. 

Offering fresh fruits, veggies, local meat, eggs, homemade bread and sweets, maple syrup, and other local specialties. 

 

Free children’s activities and healthy recipe samples.

Gilmanton Community Farmers Market

Dates: Each Sunday 

June 12th – October 9th 

Location: 1385 NH-140, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837

Hours: 11 am – 2pm 

 

 Come and join the fun on opening day at the Gilmanton Community Farmers Market, season 2022! As always we will have amazing farmers and vendors, wonderful live music, and a food truck!

Mark your calendars friends!

Hanover Farmers Market

Dates: Each Wednesday 

June 2-September 29, 2022

Location: At the playing fields at Richmond Middle School along Route 10

Hours: 4pm – 7pm 

 

You will find a  wide variety of products from loose-leaf herbal teas and salves, handmade artisanal chocolates, sauces, maple products, prepared food, honey, candles, flowers, apothecary products, saffron products, vegetables, nursery plants, herbs, and jewelry.

Henniker Community Market

Date: May 26-October, Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.

Location: Henniker Community Center Park, 57 Main St.

Description: Including vegetables, fruits, flowers/plants, dairy, maple, baked goods, meat, crafts, and live music weekly. Held rain or shine.

Hillsboro Farmers Market

Date: May 21-September 3, Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Rain or shine

Location: Butler Park, West Main St., Hillsborough

Description: This weekly market features fresh produce, flowers/plants, baked goods, honey, jams, soaps, skincare, etc.

Newport Farmers Market

Date: May 27-October 2, 2022, Fridays 3-6 p.m. Rain or shine

Location: Town Common, Newport

Description: This weekly market features fresh produce, flowers/plants, dairy, maple, baked goods, meat, jams/jellies, pickles, ice cream, prepared foods, fleece, crafts, music, demonstrations, etc.

Plymouth Community Farmers Market

Date: June-September, Thursdays 3-6 p.m. Rain or shine

Location: 263 Highland St., Plymouth

Description: This weekly market features fresh produce, flowers/plants, dairy, maple, baked goods, meats, crafts, etc.

More information: website

Tamworth Farmers Market

Date: May 14, 2022-March 25, 2023, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Rain or shine.

Location: 881 Tamworth Road (Note that Tamworth operates winter markets on separate schedules and at separate locations)

Description: This weekly market features fresh produce, flowers/plants, dairy, maple, baked goods, honey, cider, mead, crafts, artisan demonstrations, music, etc.

Wakefield Marketplace

Date: May-Columbus Day, Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Location: Corner of Rte. 153 and Rte. 16

Description: Featuring vegetables, fruits, flowers/plants, dairy, maple, baked goods, meat and crafts held rain or shine.

Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market

Date: May 5-October 2022, Thursdays 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Location: Clark Park, 233 South Main St., Wolfeboro

Description: This weekly market features fresh produce, meat, honey, maple syrup baked goods, etc.

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