There’s Certainly No Shortage of Recreational Activities in Gilford
With a motto that highlights its location along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, surrounded by the Belknap and Gunstock Mountains, Gilford may truly be the “Recreation Center of New Hampshire.”
While the waterfront activities on and around the Big Lake are certainly a large part of any trip to Gilford, you don’t have to limit your excursions to only those right outside your cozy vacation rental. Spend a day at the Ellacoya State Park kayaking along the shore or soaking in the majestic views of the Sandwich and Ossipee Mountains, and you may just discover an inner adventurer you never knew existed.
With picture perfect peaks in full view, it may become impossible to resist the urge to hike for hours on end. Belknap Mountain is a great place to get your footing since you can drive up most of it and then climb to the summit for breathtaking views of the snow-capped Mount Washington in the distance.
However, the hiking trails to the summit of Mount Rowe and Gunstock Mountain along with the countless activities of the Gunstock Recreation Area make this area a can’t-miss for any activity lover. Beyond hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and scenic lift rides take center stage during the warm weather months, while skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and a terrain park are waiting for you when soft powder begins to fall on New Hampshire.
Still looking for ways to fill your itinerary? A round of golf at the Pheasant Ridge Country Club is always a challenging option as it winds its way along the foothills of Belknap Mountain. Another option to consider is a day trip to Laconia, where you can take in a little history at the Belknap Mill or enjoy festivities such as Laconia Motorcycle Week.