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Category Archives: The NH State Park Experience

Walking on Water at Annette State Forest

Walking on Water at Annette State Forest

Posted on by Lisa Wiley

Annette State Forest is 1500 acres on the corners of Rindge, Jaffrey and New Ipswich, NH. ┬áIt holds Annette Wayside Park and Hubbard Pond. Early March is definitely still winter in all parts of NH, and my husband, youngest son … Continue reading

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Watatic, Wapack Winter Hike

Watatic, Wapack Winter Hike

Posted on by Lisa Wiley

Winter adventures in the woods with the family take a fair amount of consideration. Weather conditions in New Hampshire change dramatically on a dime and trail conditions become a major consideration. Finally a perfect day dawned for a family hike … Continue reading

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Dashing Through The Snow

Dashing Through The Snow

Posted on by Mairead Dunphy

Let’s be honest, we all know that person who moans and groans when it snows saying how much they despise the wet, sometimes icy precipitation. I understand. Snow can be dangerous to drive in, bothersome to shovel over your head, … Continue reading

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Chesterfield Gorge in Winter

Chesterfield Gorge in Winter

Posted on by Lisa Wiley

Chesterfield Gorge State Wayside area on Rt. 9 in Chesterfield lies a few miles to the west of busy Keene, NH. This unique geologic wonder invites exploration in all seasons, but is best when the Wilde River is running high! … Continue reading

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Bear Brook in the snow

Bear Brook in the snow

Posted on by Mairead Dunphy

While I watched the snow fall today, I wondered what the trails at Bear Brook looked like. With this spontaneous trek in mind, I found a friendly companion to accompany me in the winter wonderland. Meet Molly! Molly was more … Continue reading

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Temple Mountain Retreat

Temple Mountain Retreat

Posted on by Lisa Wiley

Hiking in late Autumn in NH demands preparation and creativity! Convincing myself to leave my cozy slippers for a walk in the woods is hard enough, convincing the family to come along can be a challenge. Thankfully, Autumn weekends provide … Continue reading

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Coats over cardigans at Cardigan State Park

Coats over cardigans at Cardigan State Park

Posted on by Mairead Dunphy

With snow and wintry weather on the way, I decided to take a last minute hike at Cardigan State Park. Only about an hour and change away from Concord, it was the perfect afternoon hike, but it seemed that winter … Continue reading

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Family Hiking 101: Pisgah's Kilburn Trail

Family Hiking 101: Pisgah’s Kilburn Trail

Posted on by Lisa Wiley

I learned many important lessons on my recent visit to Pisgah State Park. Allow me to share with you a diary of our expedition one November afternoon…. I have been hungry to get back to the NH’s largest State Park, … Continue reading

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Shieling Forest & the last light of Autumn

Shieling Forest & the last light of Autumn

Posted on by Lisa Wiley

In Peterborough NH lies a forested property named Shieling State Forest. These 45 or so acres are cared for by numerous conservation organizations, including NH Division of Forest and Lands and the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. In … Continue reading

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Legends of Mount Chocorua

Legends of Mount Chocorua

Posted on by Mairead Dunphy

This weekend, I hiked Mount Chocorua in Chocorua, NH with my brother, Sean and my friend, Emily. I had heard that it was a great hike with breathtaking views, so we woke up early and drove up 93N to exit … Continue reading

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