Spring has arrived, a wonderful time of year to hike alongside New Hampshire’s many natural attractions: rushing waterfalls, warbling songbirds, and showy wildflowers to name a few. With increasing daylight, fewer crowds, and lower heat and humidity than in summer, this time of year can be ideal for visiting some of the state’s most popular trails.
Spring hiking in the Granite State also presents unique challenges. Winter conditions often last well into May in the highest mountains. In addition, increased water can make for tricky brook crossings, muddy trails, and, of course, breeding grounds for biting insects.
Fortunately, the state is blessed with a great variety of trails from which to choose.
Here are 10 hikes that accentuate spring’s positive attributes and minimize its challenges.
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