WOW Trail

New Hampshire

WOW Trail Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Belknap
Length: 1.3 miles
Trail end points: Elm Street & Union Avenue (Lakeport) and North Main & New Salem Streets (Laconia)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6404105
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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WOW Trail Description

The WOW Trail will one day stretch more than 9 miles in central New Hampshire along the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. Its acronym comes from three regional lakes, which will be seen from the pathway: Winnisquam, Opechee, and Winnipesaukee.

The first phase of the trail, which opened in 2010, is just over a mile long between downtown Laconia and the community of Lakeport. It offers access to a public library, views of Lake Opechee, and the Freighthouse Museum, where visitors can learn about the area's railroad past and view historical artifacts.

A second phase will continue the trail south from Laconia to the Belmont town line. The third phase will take the trail north from Lakeport to Weirs Beach and a fourth phase will continue the trail from there to Meredith.

Parking and Trail Access

Route 3/11 to Route 106 North into downtown Laconia. Trail starts in the RR corridor adjacent to Laconia Public Library. From here, the trail follows the RR corridor for .2 miles, then crosses and follows Messer Street to Bisson Avenue as a widened sidewalk. At Messer Street and Bisson Avenue the trail re-enters the RR corridor for .7 miles. Trail ends once it reaches Elm Street. Street parking available in downtown Laconia. Parking in the Elm Street area is street parking or at the Opechee Spa and Inn.

WOW Trail Reviews

Great for going for a family walk or bike ride .

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