Catch trout on a fly, ride killer singletrack, and swim in hidden pools

May 28, 2007
Outside Magazine
New Hampshire Road Trip

Covered Bridge, New Hampshire    Photo: courtesy, NH Tourism

Rules of the Road

Duct-taping a spare key to the frame is not the same as having AAA.

Friday is race night at the Trexlertown Velodrome (

JIM THORPE Locals devour the tight root- and rock-studded singletrack of the 9.5-mile Mauch Chunk Ridge Trail (

BUSHKILL The Delaware River supports rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, and shad ( Campsites along the Delaware are free, first-come for canoeists, and by far the most secluded option in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (

NORWALK It takes less than an hour to paddle to sandy seclusion on Grassy Island ( Or, from Branfor, explore the rugged granite shorelines that ring the Thimble Islands, in Long Island Sound (

WESTPORT Paul Newman's new organic Dressing Room makes a good fuel stop (

CAPE ANN Gritty North Shore fishing towns see smaller crowds than Cape Cod. Tour them by bike ( and try the fried clams at Woodman's restaurant (

NORTH CONWAY Sticks and Stones, a new 1.5-mile freeride trail, ups the ante, with planks and banked ramps, on the way to a nest of singletrack in the Green Hills Preserve (

RUMNEY Southern New Hampshire's sport-climbing hub contains 500 schist routes (

HANOVER Use a canoe to scout the banks of the Connecticut for rope swings left hanging by college kids (

QUECHEE One of New England's best swimming holes: Quechee Gorge (

LAKE GEORGE Thirty-two miles of open water and summer breezes make George a mandatory stop for sailors (

STATE COLLEGE Out past Penn State, spring-fed streams grow trout like watermelons (

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