The White Mountains and Mount Washington Valley are filled with outdoor adventure for every ability. From short and flat hikes to challenging terrain, the area offers something for every hiker. With creeks, rivers and waterfalls, the scenic beauty of New England is some of the best in the country. If you are planning your next outdoor adventure, here are a few hikes to consider:
Located in Crawford Notch State Park, Arethusa Falls is the highest single drop waterfall in New Hampshire. This 2.6 mile hike is rather easy and popular among families. Walking along the Bemis Brook you can visit several smaller waterfalls as you travel to Arethusa Falls.
Kancamagus Boulder Loop
Starting next to the Swift River at the Albany Covered Bridge the trail loops for a 3 mile journey. As its name states, the area is home to large boulders and rock ledges. From the ledges there are scenic views of the river, Kancamagus Highway and the peaks of sandwich ridge. The hike can be steep in places and may not be suitable for younger children.
Popular among families, the 2.2 mile trail provides for an easy hike. From the summit you can see Mount Washington, Kearsarge North, Chocorua and western Maine on a clear day. Deriving its name from the granite swept peak, the area is filled with varieties of animal and plant life.
Mt. Kearsarge North Trail
Due to its length and rise in elevation, this is one of the area’s more difficult journeys. The 6 mile round trip hike travels through a pine forest to offer spectacular views to the south and west. After reaching an elevation of 2,500 feet at the summit, you can see to the Atlantic Ocean and the western New Hampshire boarder.
Located in Echo Lake State Park in Conway, it is one of the best overlooks in the area. The 1.2 mile Bryce Hiking Path leads to the top of Cathedral Ledge. From the top you can see spectacular views of the area and usually a few experienced climbers navigating up and down the front of the ledge.
White Horse Ledge
This 3.5 mile trail loop showcase the beauty of the area. The overlook is just a short walk from Cathedral Ledge and usually less populated. From the ledge you can see the entire Mount Washington Valley and the climbers.
The hike to Diana’s Bath is easy and pleasant for the entire family. Walking along the Moat Mountain Trail you’ll see Lucy Brook cascading over the rock ledges and boulders that flow into Diana’s Baths. The area is perfect for splashing in the cool pools or walking from rock to rock.
Before embarking on your next hike, be sure to pack the essentials. Pack a backpack with water, snacks, sunscreen and bug repellant and wear supportive shoes and the proper attire. Happy hiking!
For 154 years, Mt. Washington Auto Road has been attracting visitors from all over New England. Located just 25 minutes north of North Conway, this privately owned and operated auto road stretches 4,618 feet and reaches more than a mile into the sky at its highest peak.
This remarkable 7.6 mile roadway offers scenic vistas. Due to the changing weather conditions, no two rides are ever the same. Weather and foliage produce ever changing views of the White Mountains. From the summit, the highest point in New England, you can see the spectacular views of the Great Gulf Wilderness and the Presidential Range. The weather conditions and high wind speeds make for some of the worst weather on Earth. It was here in 1934 that a 231 mile per hour wind gust was recorded, the highest wind velocity ever documented. On clear days, you can even see the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.
During summer months, Mt. Washington Auto Road offers both guided tours and tours that allow you to drive yourself. If you are comfortable with heights and narrow mountain roads, you can hop into your own car and follow the meandering turns and narrow passes to the top. When you begin your journey at the Toll House, you will be given a cd that narrates the history, weather and other features of this spectacular drive. In addition, you will get your very own, famous “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” bumper sticker.
If you’d rather just go along for the ride, the guided tour is a perfect choice. This 2 hour round trip excursion takes you by van to the summit. At the top of the mountain, you will have time to explore, visit the museums and gift shops and even grab a bite to eat.
Whether you choose a guided tour or you drive yourself, the Mt. Washington Auto Road offers the thrills of a roller coaster with unmatched views of the mountains and valleys. When planning your next North Conway vacation, be sure to visit the unparalleled Mt. Washington Auto Road.
Here are our suggestions for making the most of your Mt. Washington Valley vacation:
Start your morning with hearty and delicious offerings from our complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, including items such as sausage, cheese omelets, egg patties and pancakes in addition to traditional breakfast favorites. After you have fueled up, it is time to embark on the day’s adventures. Make that short drive to the Conway Scenic Railroad. There, you can enjoy an authentic railroading experience as you board vintage, restored train cars and ride the rails through the beautiful White Mountains landscape.
After you leave the station, head to Diana’s Baths and experience nature at it’s very finest. The baths are fed from Big Attitash Mountain and offer plenty of opportunity to explore the rocks, ledges, falls and brooks that make up this natural wonder. The hike to the falls is easy and relatively flat.
When you are finished playing conductor on the trains and exploring the beauty of Mother Nature, stop in to Settler’s Green for a little late afternoon shopping. The outlet village boasts over 60 national brand name outlet stores with 30%-60% discounts. Don’t forget, New Hampshire doesn’t have a sales tax on purchases, so you are free to do a little more shopping!
After you’ve shopped until you’re ready to drop, let the kids expel their energy as they swing and play on our playground while you grill up dinner on the property grills. We also have an indoor and outdoor pool, so the children will never get bored.
The next morning we suggest you start early and make Story Land your destination for the day. With 21 attractions, it’s a children’s paradise. With rides, attractions, shows and games, there is always something to do. When you’ve had as much fun as you can stand, stop in an area restaurant like the Muddy Moose or the Black Cap Grille for a delicious end to an eventful weekend.
Book your weekend getaway at the Green Granite and enjoy a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our convenient location and amenities make us one of the most family friendly inns in North Conway.
Storyland is one of the most popular attractions in the North Conway area. This unique theme park brings storybook characters and fantasy to life for young children. This family- friendly park offers rides, playgrounds, characters, shows and games children are sure to enjoy. Here are a few tips for making the most out of your Storyland experience:
Every time you turn on the news it seems more snow is falling in New England. Back to back snow storms have impacted the area in recent weeks, leaving feet of white in its wake. With record snowfall for the season, skiing and snowboarding conditions are at their prime.
While the ski resorts in the west are experiencing warmer temperatures and less snowfall than average, the big flakes continue to fall over the northeast. The east is on track to have one of the snowiest winters on record. This record breaking weather has brought something most New England skiers are not accustomed to seeing, powder. The snow on the east coast is wetter and doesn’t usually accumulate as much as the light powder snow of the Rockies. Usually by early March the slopes are covered with slushy, icy snow not the packed powder variety currently covering the White Mountains.
The North Conway area has long been known for the array of winter activities found in the area. With an average of 83 inches of snow annually, there is no shortage of fun to be had. From skiing and skating to snow tubing, there are winter activities the entire family will enjoy. Here are a few of our favorite on things to do in the winter near North Conway:
With Mt. Washington and the White Mountain National Forest located only minutes from North Conway, the area has become popular among outdoor enthusiasts. With seven alpine and eight downhill ski areas, the mountains offer trails for every experience level. In addition to skiing, the North Conway area offers ice climbing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating and a variety of other outdoor activities.
Let North Conway serve as the backdrop for your holiday getaway. With nationally recognized skiing, bustling outlets, and a plethora of family friendly activities, North Conway and the White Mountains make an ideal winter getaway.
The Green Granite Inn is a quaint White Mountains escape for the Thanksgiving holidays. Our family friendly hotel has great amenities, including an indoor pool. Our cozy family gathering spots make us the perfect North Conway hotel for your family this season. Thanksgiving is an exciting time in North Conway and the surrounding areas. From festive holiday celebrations to simple family gatherings, the area offers activities the entire family will enjoy.
The Journey to the North Pole is a magical experience, transporting children to the North Pole through the snowcapped White Mountains of New Hampshire. This unique, interactive 2 hour train ride departs from Hobo Railroad in Lincoln and Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway and takes you on a memorable and winding journey to the North Pole Theatre.
While children are nestled in their pajamas with hot chocolate and cookies in hand, they are transported to a land of magic and mystery filled with the spirit of Christmas. Upon arrival to the North Pole, children are welcomed by cheerful elves leading Christmas carols. As the classic story of the Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg is read, images of the story are shown on screen for all to see. After the story book is closed, the guest of honor arrives to greet the children and share a special gift.