Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail

New Hampshire

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Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Belknap
Length: 1.58 miles
Trail end points: 94 Daniel Webster Hwy (Belmont) and Daniel Webster Hwy (Belmont)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 9157372

Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail Description


Lake Winnisquam is New Hampshire’s fourth largest lake, and taking the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail is one of the best ways to experience it. Meaning “pleasant waters,” Lake Winnisquam provides beautiful vistas of the water, mountains, and wildlife. The rail trail, also known as the Winni Trail, opened in 2016 and is very well maintained, with clear signage for sharp turns through the woods. The length and shade make the trail ideal for runners and walkers.

About the Route

Leaving off from the trail's eastern trailhead located near the Leslie E. Roberts Beach and Recreation Area, trail users will find picnic tables, a playground, a restroom, and, of course, a place to dip your toes in the water. Fishing is allowed in the lake; license-free fishing days occur in January and June. At the junction of US 3/NH 11 and Business US 3, the trail connects to the southern trailhead of the 2.7-mile WOW Trail, which travels east toward Laconia and is perfect for cyclists.

The paved 1.8-mile rail trail winds through lush forest, where you can enjoy the shade of dense, tall trees and the chatter of wildlife. The southwestern portion provides stunning views of the water and far-reaching corners of the lake. 


The northern end of the Lake Winnisquam Trail connects to the WOW Trail.


Parking and Trail Access

The Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail runs between 94 Daniel Webster Hwy (Belmont) and Daniel Webster Hwy (Belmont).

Parking is available at:

  • Leslie E. Roberts Beach, 43 Roberts St NE (Belmont)

See TrailLink Map for all parking options and detailed directions.

Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail Reviews

great for skating

A little more hilly than anticipated but a lot of fun.

very pleasant!

A real treat! Lovely views of lake for first 1/2 mi. Park at Osborneā€™s on Rte 3. Perfect for biking, although some sharp bends.

Winni Trail

Great trail. Starts with a pretty good hill but a nice paved ride or hike. Nice covered picnic area about half way on the trail. We stopped at one of the benches nearing the end and enjoyed a snack and lovely view of the lake. Very nice trail. Well done

walking the trail

Very nice trail. Wish we had more time to spend here.


Superb Trail!

Great trail with some fun up and down hills and curves. Excellent view of lake. Nice smooth paved surface. Excellent view of railroad tracks in several spots. Three parking spots available on the southern end at the Agway, as well as some on-street parking on Rt. 3A there nearby.

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