New Hampshire is known for its rugged hiking terrain and peaks with exceptional views. What if you want something mellow, and something you can casually push your stroller down the trail? Here are seven stroller friendly trails across the state.
Dorrs Pond Loop- Manchester NH
The Dorrs Pond Loop is just over a mile long loop around Dorrs Pond and is a wide and flat trail right in the city of Manchester. A perfect place to venture into nature without needing to leave the city. Bonus is there are bathrooms and a playground here.
Benson Park- Hudson NH
Take a stroll around Benson Park home of the old Benson Wild Animal Park. Here you will find a variety of stroller friendly trails, remnants of the old zoo, a playground and bathrooms. There is also plenty of parking here.
Forest Discovery Trail- Lincoln NH
Located right of the Kanc, The Forest Discovery Trail is an educational walk through the woods. Along the way visitors will find informational kiosks that explain responsible forestry and how it impacts and benefits wildlife. This trail is best suited for more rugged jogging strollers with air filled tires. There is plenty of parking and bathrooms at the trail head.
Crotched Mountain Accessible Trails- Greenfield NH
Crotched Mountain School is home to the nations largest mountain side handicap accessible hiking trail system. They offer two trails that are designed to be easily accessible to wheelchair users, which also means they are stroller friendly. One trail leads uphill using multiple switchbacks to ease the climb to a large viewing platform, and the second trail wonders around a small marsh. Trails have informational kiosks along the way. There is plenty of free parking and seasonally outhouses.
Squam Lake Science Center- Holderness NH
Squam Lake Science center is a wonderful place for young and old to learn about NH Wildlife and get up close to many of the animals. The live animal exhibit trail is hard dirt and stroller friendly. They have many hands on displays as well as a large naturescape playground. There is an admission fee to explore Squam Lake Science Center.
Franconia Notch Recreation Trail – Lincoln NH
Take on almost 9 miles right through the heart of Franconia Notch State Park. This mostly paved path will lead you from Cannon Mountain Tram to the Flume Gorge and offer many places to explore and learn about the area. 9 miles too much? No worries there are plenty of parking areas along the route so you can break it into manageable chunks and focus on sights you want to see.
Rails to Trails- Multiple Locations
Here is an option for everyone anywhere in the state. The Rails-to-Trails conservancy helps turn old railroads into walking and bike paths. In NH there are 75 different trails, over 550 miles currently with over 200 more miles coming soon! Most of these trails are wide and flat, however some might be rough in locations. To find a rail trail near you visit TrailLink