TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BY BIKE

August 17, 2017

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BY BIKE

 

Hello, guys! New Hampshire just waits for us!

All you need is your bike and some time to enjoy the scenic views or historical places found here.

We loved it!

 

1. Nashua

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Nashua is New Hampshire’s second largest city and has a good mix of historic, cultural, and outdoor activities on offer. Nashua is the second largest city in the state of New Hampshire and by all accounts an excellent place to visit or live. Having twice been named the “Best Place To Live In America” by Money Magazine.   

Bike Mania has hit also the city of Nashua! Come take part in this energizing trend on the Nashua River Rail Trail, a 17-mile bike path that follows the Nashua River from downtown Ayer, Massachusetts to the heart of Nashua. If your kids are with you in this trip, you will not have a peaceful moment until you won’t take them to Fun World.

 

2. Manchester

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Manchester is known as New Hampshire’s business capital, but there are also many fun activities for visitors here. Hop quickly on your bike and visit the Currier Museum of Art, tour the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House or enjoy romantic walks along Massabesic Lake on your weekend getaway.

Art lovers can take classes at Studio 550 Art Center and discover here the great collection with works by major artists such as Calder, Matisse, Monet, O’Keeffe, Picasso or Wyeth.

The families with kids can interact with hands-on exhibits at the SEE Science Center spending an hour getting a closer look at the “World’s largest permanent installation of mini-figure sized Lego’s. Having your bike helps you to go to America’s Stonehenge, 4,000-year-old ruins, about 25 miles from Manchester, at, where large stones were seemingly used to observe solar and lunar alignments.

Don’t leave the city without taking the Manchester Bike Tours organized in the town pointing specific visiting themes.

 

3. Hanover 

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Here, in Hanover there are excellent indoor and outdoor attractions for all ages and seasons, and you will never have a dull moment.

Wanna challenge your cycling skills? There was about time!

Take The Karoo Gariep Conservancy MTB Route! This a great ride for anyone, whether you are a beginner or experienced mountain biker. Starting at the New Holme Karoo Guestfarm, you will ride through various terrain, with sand, plains, rocks and kopjes. The Karoo Gariep Conservancy area is ideal for riding and is also abundant in wildlife and vegetation. The route will test your balance and the strength in your legs at points and experienced riders will enjoy the technique park along the way, with endless ridges. The circular route is between 30 and 58 kilometers long and should take about 3 to 4 hours.

 

 

4. Plymouth

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The town of Plymouth is perfectly positioned between the White Mountains and the Lakes region of New Hampshire, offering visitors a great choice of outdoor activities.

Fox Park is the place to go if you are a biker in Plymouth. While there's a little something for everyone at Fox Park, people who favor technical challenges will be happiest here.

It has several long, hand built long looping switch backing trails.  There are quite a few hills to climb. But then you get some truly awesome flowy downhill and it will be great. There are plenty of pretty tight technical sections and lots of hand made berms on the tighter corners. If you are first time here, you may well find yourself off your bike a bit. But by your second time around you'll know what to expect and the trails will seem much easier. All of the single-tracks are designed to be ridden in both directions, and each direction brings it's own set of challenges and rewards. There's a short beginners loop, but most true beginners will find it a bit daunting.

 

5. Franconia Notch State Park

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Located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass traversed by a unique parkway which extends from the Flume Gorge at the south to Echo Lake at the north. For eight miles, I-93 winds between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges. What to do here?

Take your time, stop for a swim at Echo Lake, net a trout while fly fishing at Profile Lake, ride your bike on the Recreational Trail, watch for rock climbers, hawks, and falcons on Cannon Cliffs, or hike on the Appalachian Trail. Franconia Notch State Park Recreational Trail is a paved trail parallels the Parkway. The 20-mile round-trip brings riders within easy reach of park attractions, including Flume Gorge, The Old Main of the Mountain Profile, Profile Lake, Boise Rock, The Basin, Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, and Echo Lake. There's no fee for the use of the bike path. However, fees are charged at some attractions.

 

6. Hampton Beach State Park

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The wonderful place provides year-round recreation, with Atlantic ocean-front facilities situated along miles of sandy beach.

Activities in the park include swimming, fishing, picnicking, and RV camping with full hook-ups in the campground.

Admission is $15 per passenger vehicle for the parking area at South Beach. NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free. Season passes are available.

 

7. Prescott Park

 

Prescott Park is a large public green space alongside the Piscataqua River on what was once a derelict piece of ground in the Portsmouth waterfront.

There are five distinct areas found within the overall park boundary. First, there is the upper or north park area featuring the parking area, the municipal docks, the Sawtelle walking pier and the Emerson Hovey Fountain. The next area is the center park containing the "T-pier" and the performing amphitheater and stage. In this area are the public restrooms and snack bar (both seasonal). Adjoining the center park area is the formal garden with the pathways, fountains and full planting beds.

The fourth main area is the lower or south park area that includes the two main park buildings, the liberty pole and the "trial garden". The last separate park area is across the Peirce Island bridge and is called Four Tree Island where you can have the best views of the harbor or relax and have a picnic.

 

8. Mine Falls Park

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Mine Falls Park covers 325 acres of sprawling green space in the heart of Nashua City where locals and visitors will find a shady oasis perfect for recreational activities.

Mine Falls Park may be one of the most popular —and prettiest — spots in the Merrimack Valley for riding bikes.

Easy access to the trail system can be found at Lincoln Park at the end of Coliseum Avenue.

With its scenic terrain winding along the Nashua River as it passes through fields and forests, this is a great place to take a ride on our comfortable Road Saddle for Men and Women 

 

9. Sabbaday Falls

 

The Sabbaday Falls are the most striking feature of a deep rocky gorge thought to have been formed when Ice Age Glaciers carved deep fissures into the earth’s surface.

One of the most popular locations on the Kancamagus Senic Byway and is accessed via an easy 15 minute walk on an evenly graded and gravel surfaced trail from a paved parking lot, with a stone staircase and gravel walkway directly adjacent to the falls. The falls are a picturesque series of cascades in a narrow flume. The hike to the falls is not difficult and the scenery is gorgeous.

This is a very quick hike and pretty much anyone should be able to walk it to the exquisite falls. Swimming is not allowed. There are rest rooms and picnic tables available in the parking lot.

 

10. The Isles of Shoals

 

Here we have a group of nine small islands located off the east coast of New Hampshire and Maine near Portsmouth.

A number of private firms, including the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company offer tours around the island, but do not stop. In recent years, the conference center on Star Island and the marine lab on Appledore have contracted their own ferries for their guests and students only. The most reliable ferry service to visit and walk around Star during the day is the Uncle Oscar out of Rye Harbor.

Though, most visitors arrive on private boats that moor in Gosport Harbor. Rye Harbor is a hotspot for Rye beach-goers looking for a lobster roll, whale watch or trip to the Isles of Shoals. If you are in the search for hiking paths, cleared paths are available in season on Smuttynose and Star. Be sure to wear hiking shoes due to rocks (not handicapped accessible). Long pants are better than shorts due to poison ivy. Beware attacking seagulls during breeding season in May and June.

See you next time!

But until to our next trip, tell us what was your favorite spot in New Hampshire? Or, even better, share with us some new place you discovered! More tips, greater trips! Hit at happytohelp@bikeroo.net 





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