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Hanover, New Hampshire : Two East Wheelock, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755

Outdoor Activities in the Upper Valley

With many venues still closed for safety or financial reasons, it is a little more difficult than usual to plan a day out. Fortunately, the Upper Valley has a wealth of opportunities for hiking, biking, and even boating that can be pursued without breaking social distancing guidelines.

Outdoor Activities

VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science)

The outdoor sections of the institute are available for a reduced ticket price. These include birds-of-prey and songbird exhibits, nature trails, and the forest canopy walk.

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Bike Rentals

Omer and Bob's

Located just off the Lebanon Village Green, behind Salt Hill Pub, offers bike rentals starting at $25 per day. The Northern Rail Trail, one of the area's best and longest bike routes, has a trailhead just a few hundred yards away.

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Canoe and Kayak Rentals

Great River Outfitters

Located in Windsor, VT, 20 minutes away from the Inn. Offers self-guided tours on the Connecticut River. Their options are restricted by safety regulations, but they are still able to offer kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, and tube rentals.
Also located at the site is the Path of Life Garden, a philosophical scuplture garden which is open to the public.

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Shakoma Beach, Mascoma Lake, Enfield NH

Home to the Dartmouth Sailing Team. Shakoma Beach, at the intersection of Route 4A and Main St., is small, but family friendly and only 20 minutes away from the Inn. Parking is available right across the street at the top of the hill.

Lake Sunapee State Beach, Lake Sunapee, Newbury NH

One of the largest lakes in New Hampshire. Located 40 minutes from the Inn.


Pollard Mills Falls

In Newport, NH, about 40 minutes away from the Inn. The falls are located right at the parking area, with no walk necessary. A few minutes away are the Newport Golf Club and the Pinnacle Disc Golf Course. There are also hiking trails located behind the running track next to Newport High School.

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Profile Falls

In Bristol, NH, about an hour away from the Inn. The falls themselves are less than a half-mile walk from the parking area.

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Biking Trails

Northern Rail Trail

The Northern Rail Trail is over 50 miles long, stretching from Lebanon all the way to Franklin, NH. Following an old railroad line, the trail is flat for its entire length, and maintained in good condition year-round. On the Enfield, NH leg of the trail, it passes alongside Mascoma Lake and past old mill buildings. Parking available at the trailhead on Spencer Street in Lebanon, in the CCBA parking lot; as well as on Riverside Drive in Lebanon, right off Exit 17.

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Mascoma Greenway

A shorter trail, paved, 2.5 miles long. Good for kids who have less confidence on the bike. There is parking across from Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, on Mascoma Street in Lebanon.

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Hiking Trails

Balch Hill

Fewer than 10 minutes up the road from the Inn, there are a couple of short paths that lead up to the summit. A good place for a picnic and enjoying the view.

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Quechee Gorge

About a 15 minute drive from the Inn. From the bridge next to the visitor center, you can look down into the deepest gorge in Vermont. There is also a hiking trail that leads down into the gorge itself. Hikers are welcome to climb out onto the rocks in the middle of the river, as well as wade in the river itself.

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Appalachian Trail

There are two trailheads for the AT in Hanover. The nearest is only about a 15 minute walk from the Inn, behind the Mobil Station on Route 120. From here you can hike toward the Velvet Rocks (though be aware that they can be very slick in wet weather).

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The second is the Moose Mountain Trailhead, about 10 miles outside of the center of town. You can follow the Appalachian Trail up to the south peak and then take one of the mountain's other trails down for an easy day hike, or continue along the Appalachian Trail to the north peak for a slightly longer hike.

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Gile Mountain

Located about 15 minutes away, Gile Mountain is a short, easy hike. The fire tower at the summit offers views of the White Mountains and much of the Connecticut River Valley on clear days.

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Holt's Ledge

Located about 20 minutes from the Inn, this is a steep cliff with good views on the eastern side. Peregrine falcons nest on the cliff.

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Bicknell Brook and Colette's Trail

Located about 30 minutes from the Inn, this is a loop trail that goes by small waterfalls and Crystal Lake in Enfield, NH. Because it runs alongside a brook, it can be a bit buggy.

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Cole Pond

Located 30 minutes away from the Inn, this short trail ends at Cole Pond in Enfield.

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Smarts Mountain

A longer hike, located about 30 minutes away from the Inn.

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Cube Mountain

Another longer hike, located about 30 minutes from the Inn. In the late summer, you may find wild blueberries here.

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Mount Ascutney State Park

About 40 minutes away from the Inn, Mount Ascutney is home to five hiking trails. The Weathersfield Trail passes by the Little Cascade and the Crystal Cascade Falls on its way up to the summit of the mountain.

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Mount Cardigan

About 45 minutes away from the Inn, Mount Cardigan is a bare-topped peak that affords a view of the White Mountains.

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