Celebrating Earth Day in New Hampshire is easy thanks to the vast variety of nature to experience. Plus, with spring in full bloom, the longer (and warmer) days are upon us, and April 22nd is just a good a day as any to explore the great outdoors. Here are just three of the many ways to spend Earth Day.
Boulder at ‘Tuckaway [Nottingham]
Thanks to glaciers that slid through New Hampshire a millennium ago, Pawtuckaway State Park boasts hundreds of boulders around the park. Thanks to the now dormant volcano under the park’s lake, the granite slabs here are smoother than elsewhere in the Granite State making the climb unique to the area. The best part? No harness or ropes are needed, just your climbing shoes and a chalk bag. When you’re done climbing, head six minutes south to the Tuckaway Tavern, a Guy Fieri-approved menu from his visit on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
Catch a Beachside Sunrise [Rye]
With water temperatures on the rise and beach days just weeks away, take the day to enjoy some crowd-free miles of sandy beaches and swells along the Seacoast. Wake up early, grab some coffee, and head to Jenness State Beach, North Beach (aka “the Wall”), or anywhere in between to catch that jaw-dropping sunrise. It may be an early start to your Earth Day, but it may be the most beautiful one yet.
Enjoy a Scenic Hike [Hanover]
For a great spring hike, look no further than the Mink Brook Trail. Located on a 112-acre preserve that protects habitats for everything from bears to trout, this trail offers a gentle grade with moderate slopes. Hiking this time of year makes for some muddy treks, but it’s more than worth it to see the rocky flume cascading at full force. The melt from the surrounding mountains all funnels through the area, turning the babbling brook into a full-size river with plenty of cascades.