There's a trail for every taste here - whether you're walking the lake front, hiking or biking the hills of the watershed, or putting on skis or snowshoes to move through the snow.


The Lake Winnipesaukee watershed is bounded by two mountain ranges which provide both a spectacular backdrop to recreation on the lake and wonderful day hikes offering stunning views from their summits – the Ossipee Mountains on the northeast and the Belknap Mountains on the southwest side of the lake.

Information on trails in the Ossipee Mountains can be found on several sites, including The Ossipee 10 which provides some detailed information on the profiles of the top 10 peaks in the Ossipees, and the recent issues revolving around public access and use.

12 peaks dominate the Belknap Mountains. Check out Belknap Range Peaks for a list and description. In addition, the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition is a non profit organization dedicated to promoting conservation and responsible stewardship of the Belknap Mountain Range.

The Weirs Online website also offers a list and description of the main hiking trails to be found in the Lakes Region, as well as some additional resources and tips on safety.

Additional web resources can be found here:

  • Winnipesaukee River Trail runs from downtown Franklin to Northfield
  • The WOW Trail is a multi-use, non motorized pathway that when completed will run along Lake Winnisquam, Lake Opechee and Lake Winnipesaukee to downtown Meredith