views of lake from the top of a mountain

Lakes Region Road Trip: The Lake Winnipesaukee Loop Drive

January 31, 2021

views of lake from the top of a mountain

Surrounded by three mountain ranges, Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in New Hampshire with 178 miles of shoreline. You can discover all the beauty of the lake and the quaint towns that dot its shorelines by following the 60-mile long loop drive.

The Route: Start in Alton Bay and head north on NH Route 28 through the quaint New England town of Wolfeboro. From here, link up with NH Route 109 through Tuftonboro and Moultonborough. From Moultonborough, head southwest on NH-25 until you reach Meredith. From there, head south on US-3 to Laconia. Then, to head back to Alton Bay, just follow NH Route 11.

Here are just some points of interest worth stopping for.

Alton: Knights Pond

Located just a few miles off NH-28 heading towards Wolfeboro, this scenic 31-acre pond boasts a 2.8-mile footpath where you can catch glimpses of beavers, ruffled grouse, deer, and waterfowl.

Wolfeboro: Downtown

Known as “The Oldest Summer Resort in America,” this quaint town offers a beautiful waterfront where you can catch a boat to tour the lake as well as restaurants and retail shops housed in 150-year-old colonial white-washed buildings.

Wolfeboro: Cotton Valley Rail Trail

Spanning 12 miles between downtown Wolfeboro and Wakefield, this popular four-season trail allows you to stroll, bike, and run by lakes, woods, fields, wetlands, and historic train sites.

Moultonborough: Castle in the Clouds

To enjoy some of the spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee, head to this mountaintop gem open to visitors.

Meredith: Downtown Meredith

This quintessential lake village’s streets are lined with nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century white clapboard buildings.

Laconia: Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center

You can enjoy some stunning scenery while exploring this 160-acre historic property. Environmental education programs are also offered.

Alton: Mount Major

For one of the best views of Lake Winnipesaukee’s Alton Bay and the surrounding mountain ranges, head to this dog-friendly peak to hike in any season.

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