summer & fall activities
The Woodstock area is prime for summertime fun and relaxation. Here are some tips for things we like to do around here.
A Must-Stop isCascades Park, North Woodstock-right across the street from the Inn. Dip your feet, watch children play, relax to the sounds of this unique spot in the Pemigewasset River.
There are hundreds of trails to choose from. Our personal favorites for light and easy hiking are:
- Lincoln-Woods trail, off Rt. 112 in Lincoln
- Artist's Bluff, in Franconia Notch State Park
- Lonesome Lake, in Franconia Notch State Park
- Along the paved bike and multi-use paths on Rt. 112 in Lincoln and in Franconia Notch State Park
- Greeley Ponds, off Route 112 in Lincoln
For more information about these or other more advanced trails to hike visit the information center on Rt. 112 or go to see our friends Steve & Carol Smith at the Mountain Wanderer on Main St. in Lincoln. They can hook you up with maps for all trails in the area.
Visit a Waterfall
- Agassiz Basin, North Woodstock
- Georgiana Falls, Lincoln
- The Basin, Franconia Notch State Park
- Falling Waters, Franconia Notch State Park
- Lost River, North Woodstock (admission charged)
- Flume Gorge, Franconia Notch State Park (admission charged)
- Along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, or Rt. 112 from Lincoln there are many opportunities to stop and walk to a waterfall
There are several fantastic golf resorts in the area. Some discounts may be available at the front desk. If you are interested, please inquire.
Owl's Nest - 18 holes in Campton
Sunset Hill - 9 holes in Sugar Hill
Maplewood - 18 holes in Bethlehem
Jack O'Lantern - 18 holes in Woodstock
To practice your swing head out to the Sugar Shack Driving Range in Thornton, just 15 minutes south on Route 175.
Kayak or Canoe
The Pemigewasset River (the Pemi) runs right by the Woodstock Inn and a few miles out of town offers 4-8 mile medium paddling tours. There is no whitewater but a few rapids that are exciting for beginners. Various companies rent kayaks and offer shuttle service. A few small lakes are also open for flatwater paddling. Outback Kayak offers rentals and shuttle service.
Echo Lake State Park is less than 8 miles away and offers great swimming for a small admission.
The Pemigewasset River also has a number of swimming holes alongside it, notably at the parking lot for Loon Mountain, Cascades Park (across the street from the Inn), and Staple Rock Park in Woodstock on Rt. 175.
Cast for trout in Russell Pond, Beaver Lake, Greeley Ponds, Echo Lake, Profile Lake (fly-fishing only), the Pemi River, the East Branch, or the Hancock Branch. There's warm-water fishing in Elbow Pond and Mirror Lake. Licenses are available at many locations in the area, including Wayne's Market just a block away from the Inn.
Learn how to climb safely at artificial climbing walls at the Pemi Valley Rock Gym in North Woodstock and at Loon Mountain. Or, if you are an experienced climber, try spots on Cannon Cliffs in Franconia Notch State Park or nearby Rumney which is famous for its excellent rock.
Take Some Pictures
The Woodstock region is a photographer's paradise. You'll find dozens of great shots in Franconia Notch, in Kinsman Notch, across the Kancamagus Highway, and along many of our back roads.
Catch a Play
North Country Center for the Arts presents Broadway-style plays and musicals in July and August along with an excellent children's theatre.
Hobo Hills Adventure Golf in Lincoln is one of the finest miniature golf courses in New England.
Look for Moose
Moose sightings are quite common in the White Mountains. Most common sightings are along Rt. 118; on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway especially near the Passaconaway Campground; and around Crawford Notch. Moose are often on the move at dawn and dusk, especially in low lying or swampy areas. If you see one-brake! If you want to watch them, pull safely over to the side of the road (watching for other cars), and stay in your car! Remember, these animals are wild and can move quickly and unpredictably. Best bet: take a moose and wildlife tour with Pemi Valley Excursions, they'll take you on a scenic tour of the best moose watching areas.
Have a Picnic
Pack a lunch and seek out one of the many scenic picnic spots along our roads-Beaver Pond in Kinsman Notch, Flume Visitor Center, Lafayette Place, Boise Rock or Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch. Also Otter Rocks, the Pemi, Kancamagus and Sugar Hill Overlooks, Sabbaday Falls, Lower Falls and other prime spots along the Kanc.
Ride Your Bike or Rent One
Visit the front desk for on and off-road bicycling information.
Go for a Scenic Drive
Visit the front desk for our favorite scenic drives.