3 Great Walks in the Sunapee area that are less than 1hr!
Mt Sunapee, NH
It was incredibly hard to select just 3 walks out of all the great one's in the Greater Sunapee Region, we hope these will give you some ideas to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors!
1) Clark’s Lookout- New London, NH Trailhead Info: *Parking is at the New London Park and Ride that is located just off exit 12 on I89. Easy walk - thirty minutes. *Pet Friendly - dry ground and stone dust trail. For a short walk, this offers one of the more rewarding views of Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee in the area. It is an excellent stopping point for a short walk break, if you are travelling on I89. The trail enters the woods immediately across the street from the exit of the park and ride. Follow the signs to the top and take in that view. It’s an ideal walk and an unexpected view awaits you and your companion at the end.
2) Sugar River Trail- Newport NH Trailhead Info: *Pet Friendly- very dry - multi-use trail - easy walking. Twenty minutes plus. *Two parking areas: Newport Recreation Department on Belknap Avenue in downtown Newport; and on NH Rt 11/103, immediately after the bridge crossing the Sugar River, turn right and there is a parking lot down to your right, beside the bridge abutments. This trail is an overlooked gem in this area. The over nine miles of converted railway create a path that parallels the meanderings of the river. The trail lies along a very productive, fly fishing only section of the river and is a favorite fishing spot for many. Though not incredibly busy during its year-round use, you could come in contact with walkers, snowmobilers, sled dogs, ATVers and hikers. Make a day out of it and picnic along the river, or just stop for a twenty minute out and back walk.
3) Webb Forest(Harding Woods)- Sunapee NHTrailhead Info: *Pet friendly - usually dry - hiking, snowshoeing and mountain biking - Easy to intermediate walking - Thirty minutes and up *Parking lot is on Harding Hill Rd, directly across from the entrance to the trail system. Home to the bike race: “The Horror at Harding Hill”, Webb Forest is simply an excellent system of trails based around several loops that will bring you back to the entrance. You can make this walk anything you’d like in terms of time and distance. The trails are very wide, wind through forest and farmland and provide several great views. The SRK Greenway also comes through this trail system, making the preserve part of the much larger trail system. (The SRK Greenway has its own guidebook) There are several noteworthy stone walls on the property as well. This is also the place where Gibbs went for his first swim, jumping into the drainage ditch at the trail entrance. The site is a great testament to private land being offered by the landowner for the public to enjoy. Thank you to the Webb family for the trails and the use of their map.