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Parks and Trails Around Concord, NH

With its beautiful landscapes, many rivers and ponds, and well-kept parks, New Hampshire’s capital city is the ideal place for trail walking, picnicking, bird watching and a variety of other peaceful outdoor pursuits along with other things to do. Those of all activity levels can find an enjoyable and restful way to bask in the beautiful New England scenery surrounding Concord.

Trail Walking

In order to better facilitate the enjoyment of its many walking and hiking trails, the city of Concord, NH maintains a complete guide to the local area trails. The skill level and difficulty of each trail varies from easy walking to more rigorous hiking. Seniors who desire a relaxing and easy stroll in nature will find the Upton-Morgan State Forest Interpretive Trails well-suited to their abilities while offering beautiful views of the surrounding pine and aspen forest; those who are interested in a more challenging hike might consider the Oak Hill Trails with its sweeping vistas of Mt. Kearsarge, Ragged Mountain and Mt. Cardigan.

Many of the parks in Concord are also home to groomed walking trails for particularly peaceful walks. For example, Terrill Park’s miles of trails along the banks of the beautiful Merrimack River provide wonderful views of the State Capital Building.

Bird Watching

Those who wish to get closer to nature have plenty of opportunities for bird watching around Concord. The New Hampshire Audubon Society maintains a trail guide for the Silk Farm Sanctuary; this former silk farm is now home to the Silk Farm Audubon Center and offers the opportunity to spot woodland birds such as chickadees, warblers, titmice and nuthatches as well as water birds in the midst of migrating and breeding along its easy-to-walk trails. The delightful and charming trails also offer the chance to spot blooming fields of wildflowers in the late spring and summer as well as ponds teeming with frogs and salamanders. Before embarking on any bird watching excursions, be certain to pick up a bird checklist from the Audubon Center to record your findings.


Concord’s many parks provide the perfect setting for a leisurely late spring or summer picnic. Rollins Park, one of Concord’s most picturesque green spaces, offers a lovely gazebo as the perfect spot for shady outdoor dining. One of Concord’s largest parks, White Park offers miles of well-maintained trails if you would like to take a nice stroll after picnicking, while the namesake White Park Pond provides a serene setting for sitting and talking. East Concord’s Merrill Park offers covered picnic areas that are large enough to host outdoor parties and gatherings. With dozens of well-kept parks, Concord has no shortage of places for the perfect afternoon picnic.

Enjoy Retirement in Concord, New Hampshire

At Havenwood Heritage Heights, we aim to create an active and fun atmosphere for our residents within our continuing care retirement community. The variety of services and programs that we offer are designed to promote the well-being and continued independence of our retirees. For more information about our facilities or to schedule a tour, please contact us today.

By Mike Wall


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