Looking for something a little different to stretch your legs? Here are the best places we know, within 5 minutes of
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Exit 5B - Nashua   (Accessible Northbound Only)
Mine Falls Park (5) - Ball fields,
fishing, and attractive canal walk with occasional picnic tables. Good spot to see waterfowl and turtles. Bicycle friendly.
Portable toilets on ball field.
Travel east from the exit. Right turn at the T-Intersection. Keep right, 1/10th of a mile.
Full NH rest area at next exit northbound.
Exit 16 - East Concord
Merrill Park (2) - A 16 acre
park with small stocked fishing pond, swimming pool, tennis courts, playground, ball field, drinking fountain and seasonal comfort
station (Portable toilet available in off season - There may be a fee or restrictions on pool use by non-residents.)
Exit 17 - Penacook
Travel east from the exit. Right turn at the stop sign. Keep right, down the gentle slope. Park is 1/10th of a mile on the left.
You will pass a small convenience store on the left that sells bait.
Merrimack River Conservation Area (4) - 83 acres of mixed forest, bog and meadows. Varied walking trails and river swimming. No facilities.
Travel east from the exit. Right turn at the stop sign. Keep right, down the gentle slope. Travel 3/10ths of a mile to end and take a left. Gravel parking lot 2/10ths of a mile on your right.
Hannah Dustin Monument (5)
- Small island with monument. Captured and brought down-river by Native Americans, Hannah Dustin escaped and scalped her captors. Trail approach has a 'perfect sized hill' safe for winter sledding. No facilities.
Exit 34A - The Flume
Travel west from the exit approximately 3/4 mile to a 'Park and Ride' lot on your left immediately past the bridge. Path to monument will be on the north, or far side of the lot, and is about 250 yards or so long across an old rail bridge.
Seasonal Hamburger / Chicken / Ice Cream stand 1 mile further north on the right.
Franconia Notch Bicycle Path (2)
- 9 Mile mixed use paved foot and bicycle path passing Echo Lake, the Old Man of the Mountain site, the Basin, and the Flume Gorge.
Marked Exit - The Basin
Park at the Flume Gorge parking lot, go all the way over to the left and you will see the trailhead.
This trail is beautiful but no need to walk all nine miles!
The Basin (5)
- Seasonally handicap accessible trail brings you to an oversized pothole in the rock, about 15 feet deep. Henry David Thoreau wrote "This pothole is perhaps the most remarkable curiosity of its kind in New England."
Exit 41 - Littleton
Approximately six miles north of Lincoln, watch for Basin signs on right. Park in parking area. Follow trail signs.
Trail available year 'round but not plowed, etc.
- Enjoy Main Street and the Ammonoosuc River. You'll walk a covered bridge, a cable suspension bridge, a statue of Pollyanna, the world's longest candy counter, and more. Portable toilets near the covered bridge, and public rest rooms on Main Street.
Interstate 293   (Manchester/Bedford Area)
Travel down the hill from the exit. Walk begins on the left immediately before the concrete bridge, but will be easier to join on the Main Street side (turn left after the bridge) because of parking.
Try the Chinese restaurant or Millers Café & Bakery.
Exit 6 - Manchester
Amoskeag Fishways Learning Center (3)
- Have you ever wanted to see migrating fish, up close and personal? Or learn about the Merrimack River? This FREE attraction will allow you to do both!