From hidden beaches to forests and parks, here’s a perfect picnic stop in each region of New Hampshire.
Swift River Bridge [Conway]
Conveniently located off West Side Road just north of Conway’s downtown, the 150-year-old covered bridge known as Swift River Bridge may no longer see vehicle traffic, but it welcomes plenty from foot. Its broad wooden truss interior is the perfect place to stop for a shady break over the water while the rocky shores of the river make for great places to soak up some springtime sun and snap pictures of the historic site.
Patch Orchards [Lebanon]
This working farm has been in the Patch family for eight generations and is known for its year-round events like maple-themed weekends in the spring and corn mazes in the fall. But you don’t need a special event to visit – the family welcomes people to their farm to wander and picnic under the blooming branches of their apple trees. While you’re there, take some time to poke around their shop and browse their home-grown produce, maples syrup, soft-serve ice cream, apple cider, and other seasonal goodies.
Albee Beach [Wolfeboro]
Located on beautiful Lake Wentworth, the secluded and quiet Albee Beach offers sandy shores, picnic tables, charcoal grills, and of course, spectacular views of the lake and surrounding mountainsides. Whether spring, summer, or fall, this little beach has all the makings of a successful picnic.
Bear Brook State Park [Allenstown]
Bear Brook seems to pack all the pieces of New Hampshire we love into one state park – think swimming areas, fishing ponds, lookout areas, and over 40 miles of trails that take you to waterfalls, rocky cliffs, and the top of small mountains. Not to mention, with designated picnic spots complete with tables, grills, and pavilions, the only thing left for you to do is choose where and when to stop.
Cathedral of the Pines [Rindge]
Situated on a hilltop, this 236-acre open-air cathedral and meeting space offers panoramic views of Mount Monadnock and the surrounding area. Built in honor of fallen American soldiers, the grounds are steeped in history with features like outdoor chapels, gardens, and trails to explore. For a picnic steeped in scenery and meaning, this is the place to be.
Adams Point [Durham]
Tucked away off the backroads of Durham sits the town’s hidden gem: Adams Point – the small peninsula that juts out into Great Bay, offering a wide variety of habitats to explore. A mile-long loop will reveal the many spots to stop for lunch, like tree swings, rocky flats looking over the water, open grassy fields, and little ponds. Come for the picnic but stay for the colorful sunset – it’s worth the wait.
Connecticut Lakes State Forest [Pittsburg]
For the best chance at spotting some wildlife during your picnic, this forest is the place to go! Winding its way along the northernmost section of Route 3 in Pittsburg, Connecticut Lakes State Forest offers access to four different lakes and ponds, rich woodlands, and plenty of picnic spots to stop, munch, and meander around in search of deer and even moose!