Discover Southern New Hampshire: AMC Guide to the Best Hiking, Biking, and Paddling

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You hike, you bike, you paddle. So why buy three bulky guidebooks when you really only need one? This selective guide to the beautiful and varied terrain of southern New Hampshire details the best hikes, mountain-bike trails, and paddles for everyone from beginner hikers and experienced bikers to novice kayakers. From short, one-hour excursions to day-long adventures, this three-in-one guidebook leads you to the bare summit of mount Monadnock, down the wooded bike trails of Bear Brook State Park, along the rocky ...

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Overview

You hike, you bike, you paddle. So why buy three bulky guidebooks when you really only need one? This selective guide to the beautiful and varied terrain of southern New Hampshire details the best hikes, mountain-bike trails, and paddles for everyone from beginner hikers and experienced bikers to novice kayakers. From short, one-hour excursions to day-long adventures, this three-in-one guidebook leads you to the bare summit of mount Monadnock, down the wooded bike trails of Bear Brook State Park, along the rocky shores of Portsmouth, and much more.Inside you'll find: more than 45 hiking, biking, and paddling trips; trip time, distance, and difficulty; detailed in-text maps; sidebars on natural history; quick- reference chart. (6 x 9, 304 pages, b&w photos, maps, chart)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929173150
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Series: Discover
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry and Marcy Monkman photograph and write about the wild places of New England. Their work has been published in numerous magazines, and they are the authors of Discover Acadia National Park and Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire (AMC Books). They live in Portsmouth, NH.

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Table of Contents

Introduction viii
Acknowledgments x
Locator Map xii
Map Legend xiv
1. Southern New Hampshire: Basic Information 1
2. History 11
3. Trip Highlights Chart 18
4. Hiking 28
Flat and Easy Walks 32
Trip 1 Balance Rock and Pillsbury State Park 35
Trip 2 Bog Mountain 38
Trip 3 Great Brook 41
Pink Lady's Slipper 44
Trip 4 North Pack Monadnock 46
Trip 5 Little Monadnock and Rhododendron State Park 49
Trip 6 Mount Pisgah 52
Oak-Hickory and Northern Hardwood Forests 56
Trip 7 Skatutakee and Thumb Mountains 58
Trip 8 Mount Pawtuckaway--North Peak 62
Trip 9 Pierce Reservation 66
Trip 10 Mount Kearsarge 70
Fire Towers 74
Trip 11 Mount Sunapee and Lake Solitude 76
Trip 12 Eagle Cliff and Red Hill 80
Trip 13 Mount Monadnock 84
Grand Monadnock 89
Trip 14 Mount Cardigan 92
Trip 15 Belknap Range 96
5. Mountain Biking 102
Trip 16 Tower Hill Pond 107
Trip 17 Fox State Forest 110
Eastern Hemlock--Under Attack 113
Trip 18 Mountain Road--Peterborough 116
Trip 19 Beaver Brook 120
Trip 20 Pawtuckaway State Park 123
Endangered Species in New Hampshire 127
Trip 21 Bear Brook State Park 129
Trip 22 Pisgah State Park 133
Stone Walls 137
Trip 23 Sugar River Trail 139
Trip 24 Newfields Rail Trail 143
Trip 25 Blue Job Mountain 147
Tracking--Reading the Signs of Nature 150
Trip 26 Plymouth Mountain 152
Trip 27 Springfield to Wilmot 156
6. Quietwater Paddling 160
Trip 28 Copps Pond 164
Snappers: Predators from the Murky Depths 167
Trip 29 Willard Pond 168
Trip 30 Manning Lake 171
Trip 31 Pillsbury State Park Ponds 174
Ospreys and Bald Eagles: Back in New Hampshire 177
Trip 32 Hubbard Pond 180
Trip 33 Grafton Pond 183
The Great Blue Heron 186
Trip 34 Pawtuckaway Lake 188
Trip 35 Merrymeeting Marsh 191
7. Sea Kayaking 194
Trip 36 Odiorne Salt Marsh 198
Trip 37 Portsmouth Harbor 201
Trip 38 Great Bay 205
Great Bay--An Ecological Treasure 210
Trip 39 Rye to Portsmouth 213
The Isles of Shoals 217
Trip 40 Squam Lake 219
8. River Trips 223
Trip 41 Contoocook River 230
Anadromous Fish 233
Trip 42 Connecticut River 235
Trip 43 Merrimack River--Franklin to Boscawen 239
The Historic Merrimack 242
Trip 44 Nissitissit River 245
Trip 45 Lamprey River 248
National Wild and Scenic Rivers System 251
Trip 46 Lower Winnipesaukee River 253
Trip 47 Sugar River 256
Trip 48 Souhegan River 259
Mink and Otter: Fish--Eating Fur Bearers 262
Trip 49 Suncook River 264
Trip 50 South Branch of the Piscataquog River 267
9. Other Activities 270
Appendix A Recommended Reading 275
Appendix B Nonprofit Conservation Organizations 277
Appendix C Lodging 279
Appendix D State Parks 282
Appendix E Kayak Outfitters 284
Index 285
About the Authors 287
About the Appalachian Mountain Club 288
Leave No Trace 290
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