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Things To Do: Outdoor Recreation In The Dartmouth Lake Sunapee Region

To say that there are a lot of incredible outdoor recreation opportunities in the Dartmouth Lake Sunapee Region still would not do our area justice. Ski areas, mountain bike parks, incredible hiking trails, and endless rivers, ponds, and lakes are all at your fingertips. If you come here looking for adventure, fun, and exploring the outdoors you will not be disappointed!

https://www.uvwinterrec.comThe Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region is filled with outdoor recreational activities year round. Whether you like trail running, long walks on rail trails, hiking, skiing or ice skating this area has it all. The region is not only a hub of outdoor recreation but it also embraces these resources and celebrates them with numerous festivals, events and well maintained public access.

Hike Mt. Kearsarge 

Mt. Kearsarge is a prominent feature that stands out in the area. At 2,937 ft. This hike gives you a real bang for your buck. It’s great for families as well when you leave from the beautiful and well maintained Winslow State Park (which has public bathrooms). The Winslow Trail, marked with red blazes, begins at the parking area at Winslow State Park. It climbs for 1.1 miles (1,100 vertical feet) through the forest and over bare granite ledge to the summit where you will find a fire tower, which is open to the public when staffed and offers phenomenal views of the surrounding area. If you are looking for a moderate, not too challenging hike that rewards you with great views and a state park that has wonderful family amenities then it’s tough to beat Winslow St. Park!

Ski Mount Sunapee

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  • Address: 1398 New Hampshire Rte 103, Newbury, NH 03255
  • Contact Info: (603) 763-3576,

The Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region has many incredible skiing opportunities such as Dartmouth Skiway, Whaleback, Arrowhead and Storrs Hill but none can match the terrain and size of Mount Sunapee. WIth 67 trails, 11 lifts and slopes covering 233 skiable acres Mount Sunapee is a top notch resort experience in New Hampshire. We love Mount Sunapee for their incredible grooming which makes every day a “hero” day, the cruiseriffic “Sun Bowl” (which is about as much fun you can have on two skis) and their beginner area which is great for those that are learning or children just getting into the sport. The mountain also has numerous terrain parks for those of you that like to hit table tops and slide rails. Once you are finished you can kick back with a cold one in the great Apres-ski scene in Goosefeathers Pub.

Bike/Run/Walk The Sugar River Rail Trail

There is an incredible system of “rail trails” throughout the region. These trails all run along old railroad beds that have been redesigned into multi-use trail systems. The Sugar River Trail is a picturesque 9 mile trail that begins at the Newport Recreation Department on Belknap Ave in Newport and ends at Washington Street in Claremont. The trail boasts two historic and scenic covered bridges and meanders along the Sugar River. We love that we can hit this trail with our kids in tow to ride bikes or a family walk or we can head out on a longer run to get the juices flowing. If you are looking for a predictable and consistent trail experience this is the place.

Explore Arrowhead Recreation Area

A true community recreation area Arrowhead has it all and then some with 185 acres that offers year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. Just take a look at some of the amenities at your disposal!

  • ATV / snowmobile trail accessibility
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Downhill mtn. biking trail network
  • Downhill skiing/snowboarding
  • Hiking/Trail Running
  • Ice skating
  • Snowshoeing
  • Tubing

Arrowhead has unparalleled options for affordable family fun in the Claremont area. Run by  a passionate group of knowledgeable and friendly volunteers Arrowhead offers year round fun. They have equipment rentals and great lodges with food available when open. What we really love about Arrowhead though is the sense of community, it’s a place where you can explore all sorts of outdoor activities for the first time while feeling like you are part of something bigger. This is an area not to be missed!

Adventure at Storrs Pond Recreation Area

If it’s summer fun you are after then you can’t miss the amazing recreational opportunities at Storrs Pond. This local’s hidden gem has long been the place to be in the summer but with added amenities the word is out! We have visited Storrs Pond and in one day played tennis, swam in the pool and fabulous lake, rode our mountain bikes and roasted marshmallows on our campfire at our secluded yet easily accessible campsite. If you are spending the summer in the area they offer swim lessons, tennis lessons and a bunch of fun, family friendly events weekly. The facilities are clean, well maintained and staffed by knowledgeable and helpful employees. A trip to Storrs pond by yourself or with a family in tow will not disappoint - oh and if you haven’t tried disc golf yet this is the perfect place to give it a whirl!


Looking to get outside in the Upper Valley? Check out the UV Winter Recreation Portal!


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