Meredith NH-Five Mile – Undeveloped with two natural sandy beach areas and wooded shore totaling 3,370 feet of frontage. Owned and maintained by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust
Tuftonboro NH -Ragged Island – 11-acre island. Paddle or cruise to Ragged Island for the day. Access to Ragged Island and participation in education programs is limited to protect the islands fragile ecosystem. Ragged Island, was acquired by LRCT in 2007, has nearly one mile of pristine shoreline and two sandy beaches for landing by paddle craft. There are two docks for power boat landing near the southern end of the island, and a nature trail follows the perimeter of the island. Sunrise Beach (on the east side) and Sunset Beach (on the west side) are two of the most popular places for swimming (depending on wind direction and time of day). A circumnavigation of the island passes numerous shallows and rock reefs and provides pleasant paddling past small nooks and coves with overhanging high bush blueberries in season. Ragged Island and surrounding waters have historically been loon territory; please remain at least 150 feet away from any loon or loon nest, or farther if a loon vocalizes or shows other signs of agitation.
Meredith NH -Stonedam Island – 112 acre wildlife preserve. Self-guided nature trails through mature forests and wetlands, impressive view at height of island, quiet beach for picnicking. Boat dock on a northeastern cove. Lakes Region Conservation Trust
Squam Lake area Hikes
Mount Fayal – Holderness –
Elevation 1067′ feet – One mile challenging hiking trail up Mount Fayal provides great views of Squam Lake and the surrounding mountain ranges. The Forest Trail is 2/3 mile long and takes about an hour. This trail is less challenging. There are several other wooded trails at the Science Center including the Gephart Trail, Ectone Trail (1/3 mile), and Davison Trail. Great views of Squam Lakes. Trailhead is part of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center admission
Gunstock and Belknap Mountain Trails
Belknap Mountain – Gilford
Elevation 740 feet – Magnificent views of Lake Winnipesaukee from the top of Belknap Mountain. On a clear day, the Ossipee Mountain range rises from the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee and Mount Washington, often snow capped, can be spotted in the distance. Reaching Belknap Mountain hiking, turn off Route 11A at Gilford and drive south through Gilford Village. Stay on this road past the high school (sharp left turn) and you’ll begin your climb up Belknap Mountain Road. Follow the road up until you see signs and a parking area on the left. Supports well marked trails, which begin on the right a few yards along a wooded road. Trail rises steadily and you’ll see the summit a short distance beyond.
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