Off-road cycling and mountain-biking enthusiasts can access hundreds of trails within New Hampshire State Parks and in White Mountain National Forest. Ski trails become bike trails for technically proficient riders in the summer months. Recreational Rail Trails are bicycle-friendly, too, and suitable for leisurely family outings. NH Bike/Ped provides regional maps and bike-safety information. If you’re new to biking in New Hampshire, stop by any bike shop for friendly advice on the best local bike paths and off-road routes. In addition to selling bikes and gear, many shops organize group rides, a fun way to exercise and socialize.
Maple Syrup Making
Saturdays Thru March 30/LACONIA – Experience an old-fashioned New England tradition. From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, you will participate in every step of the syrup making process. Environmental educators will help you to build tree identification skills; learn the parts of a tree and their functions; use measuring tools to find an appropriate tree to tap; use historical and modern tree tapping tools; learn the history of maple sugaring including Native American legends, and; discover the math and chemical/physical science in the boiling process. Programs start every hour from 10am to 2 pm and typically run an hour and a half. Cost is $10 per person.