RecreationThere is an abundance of recreational opportunities in the region ranging from laid back and passive to extremely active. The region is a haven for participating in outdoor sports and recreational activities in all 4 seasons. For spectators, the region has many sports teams including the Swamp Bats, New England Collegiate Baseball League Champions; the NH Phantoms soccer team; the Heart of New England Professional Criterium races and a full complement of youth, high school, college and recreational level teams.
Lakes, Ponds & StreamsWhether it's fishing, boating, paddling or swimming, the region has more than 200 bodies of water of every size.
No guarantee, but bass, brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, salmon, horned pout, perch, pickerel and wall-eyes can be caught throughout the region.The boater can find everything from peaceful canoeing to sailing to large lakes perfect for water skiing. Good swimming spots are never more than a short drive from anywhere in the county. Here are a few popular water spots:
Lakes and PondsALSTEAD: Caldwell Pond and Newell Pond, Lake Warren
ANTRIM: Gregg Lake, F. Pierce Lake, Steel Pond and Willard Pond
BENNINGTON: Whittemore Lake
CHESTERFIELD: Spofford Lake
DUBLIN: Dublin Lake, Frost Pond and Thorndike Pond
FITZWILLIAM: Laurel Lake
HARRISVILLE: Skatutakee Lake, Chesham Pond
JAFFREY: Contoocook Lake, Frost, Gilmore and Thorndike Ponds
KEENE: Ashuelot River, Goose Pond and Robing Hood Park reservoir
MARLBOROUGH: Stone Pond
NELSON: Nubanusit, Granite and Silver Lakes; Center and Spoonwood Ponds
RICHMOND: Sandy Pond
RINDGE: Contoocook, Pearly and Monomonock Lakes; Hubbard Pond
STODDARD: Abbott Forest Lake, Highland Lake and Island Pond
SULLIVAN: Chapman Pond and Boster Pond
SURRY: Surry Mountain Reservoir
SWANZEY: Swanzey Lake and Wilson Pond
WINCHESTER: Forest Lake
StreamsALSTEAD: Cold River
MARLOW - GILSUM: Ashuelot River
WESTMORELAND: Partridge, Mill Brooks; Connecticut River
Hike & Bike pathwaysNearly three miles of ten-foot wide paved multi-purpose pathways were created in central Keene from recycled railroad rights-of-way. Another one mile hard-pack gravel trail nestles beside the Ashuelot River.
This park-like setting is reserved for bicyclists, walkers, runners and people on ADA-approved electric scooters. There are trailheads where you can leave your motor vehicle and, when on the trail, you will find convenient benches. These trails provide alternate east-west and north-south passage through central Keene.
Spreading out from central Keene are more than eight miles of packed cinder base trails managed by the State for recreational use by people on mountain bikes, runners, walkers, equestrians, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers.
This combined trail system, with no cars or trucks, ranges from manicured areas of mowed grass edged with trees and shrubs, through wooded areas with the hills flirting in the distance, to heavily wooded areas providing "long green tunnels". Each trail provides a pleasant surprise around each turn.
It is guaranteed that if you take one trip on these trails you will return again and again.
When you think of skiing, if the first thing that comes to mind is NH, you won't be disappointed in the facilities close to home. Keene is centrally located to every major ski area in New England. Whether you prefer big mountains or small, you're within 2 hours of most of them in NH and Vermont.Granite Gorge Ski Area, located on Rte. 9 on the Keene/Roxbury NH line, offers downhill skiing, downhill racing, snow boarding, 12 K River Run of groomed trails for Classic and Skating style X-Country Skiing, Snow Tubing and Linking, and Snowshoeing. Lessons and some rental equipment available. The Mountain features a sound system, state-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming, and fully-lighted trails
Skiing: CROSS COUNTRY
The greatest aspect of cross-country skiing in Cheshire County is that you can start almost anywhere. Many of the region's hiking trails also make excellent cross-country routes.
OTHER RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES
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