In summer, New Hampshire’s North Country comes alive as visitors explore beautiful forest trails and mountains, search for fascinating wildlife and enjoy the region’s pristine rivers, ponds and lakes.
Visitors love the excitement of ATV riding, and the North Country has the best ATV riding in New England. The region is home to the Ride the Wilds trail system – the largest ATV trail system in the Northeast. With more than 1,000 miles of interconnected trails, riders can cruise for days without riding the same trail twice.
For those who enjoy human-powered outdoor adventures, the North Country is home to miles of remote wilderness hiking trails. Explore scenic mountains without the crowds found elsewhere. Paddle one of the region’s many calm, beautiful ponds and lakes like East Inlet or one of the Connecticut Lakes. Or, for more of an adrenaline rush, enjoy the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Androscoggin River.
Anglers flock to the North Country in the summer to fish some of the best lakes, ponds and rivers for fly-fishing in the eastern U.S. Among the best places for fly fishing are the Androscoggin River in Errol and the headwaters of the Connecticut River, which is home to the famed “Trophy Stretch.” The Connecticut Lakes and places like Back Lake, Terrill Pond, and Big Brook Bog also offer anglers wonderful fishing opportunities.
Summer is when wildlife watching is at its best, and few places can compare with the North Country for wildlife. Look for moose from the comfort of your own car along the region’s famed Moose Alley on Route 3. You can also spot moose along the shores of the region’s lakes and ponds, as well as spy loons, herons and other fascinating birds. Keep an eye out for large deer, turkeys, fox and even bear while you’re here.
No matter how you enjoy your summer, you’ll find there’s plenty to see and do in New Hampshire’s North Country.
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