The Monadnock Region is blessed with wonderful natural resources, and we want to encourage you to get outdoors and explore some the beautiful nature we have to share. Whether it is Hiking or Kayaking or Skiing or Snowshoeing you can have fun in every season!
It is not possible to list all the great places to hike around the Monadnock region but we have listed some of the more popular places below.You can also check out blog where we often mention our personal hiking experiences here
We also maintain a personal hiking book at the B&B. It is stocked with descriptions of dozens of local hikes and extra trail maps including a few well kept secrets you won't easily find online or in published books.
Grand Mt. Monadnock peaks at 3,165 feet and offers over 40 miles of trails and 100 mile breathtaking panoramic views. This is the most popular hiking mountain in North America which we climb annually choosing a different trail each year.
North and South Pack Monadnock
Located inside the oldest state park in New Hampshire (South) and its twin just to the North, these peaks top out at ~2300 feet and mark the North terminus of the 21 mile long Wapack Trail. There are six trails to the top...or start at one trailhead, peak, descend into the valley between the two, climb up the second one and then descend to the second trailhead (requires two cars).
Edward MacDowell Lake
There are trails on both sides of the lake, each with a very distinct personality. Looking for a nice wooded hike, explore the West side with its rolling terrain and views of the lake. Looking for a sunny trail, explore the East side with its crushed stone trail always within view of the lake and variety of birds passing by.
Harris Center for Conservation
If it has to do with nature, this is the place to experience and learn about it. They also have sixteen fabulous miles of trails and several peaks to explore.
Whether you are looking to get in a quick nine or spend a day swinging clubs in a beautiful setting, the Monadnock region has a course for you.
Shattuck Golf Club
71 Par - 18 holes of championship golf at the foot of Grand Mt. Monadnock. Not for the faint of heart, this is one of the most challenging courses in the country with a slope of 153 from its championship tees!
Crotched Mountain Golf
71 Par - 18 holes of championship golf with splendid views of Crotched Mountain. The front nine were designed by Donald Ross.
Monadnock Country Club
29 Par - 9 Hole public course
Kayaking and Fishing
Kayaking has become one of our newest favorite pasttimes since moving to Peterborough...no doubt because of the endless amount of wonderful ponds, lakes and rivers to explore.
Whether its the cozy 100+ acre Edward MacDowell Lake just a mile up the road, the incredibly secluded Willard Pond, the large 750 acre Nubanusit Lake or the Contoocook River, you will find a place to paddle that fits your speed and style!
If you are looking for a quick one day get away to the slopes or trails, you will find them un-crowded here in Monadnock.
1000' Vertical Drop, 17 Trails, 100% snowmaking, and newly built lodge...a snowboarders paradise!
500' Vertical Drop, tubing, and 12K "River Run" X-Country skiing
(X-Country and Snowshoeing)
25 miles of wooded trails with scenic views of Mt. Monadnock
Other Outdoor Attractions
Sometimes being outdoors means finding a restful or relaxing activity
Friendly Farm Petting Zoo
This one is for the kids but adults love it too
Cathedral of the Pines
Non-denominational, peaceful and spiritual outdoor sanctuary...a must see unique spot in Southern NH!
Berry and other fruit picking
There are some great places around the region to pick for strawberries, blueberries, peaches and apples throughout the season including a few mountain hikes where wild berries grow on the sides of the trail just waiting to be picked and eaten.
We have to include this because we love to geocache ourselves and there are hundreds of caches throughout the area to discover. We have even hidden our own geocache in the downtown area called "Downtown Our Town", check it out at geocaching.com