WOW Trail

New Hampshire

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WOW Trail Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Belknap
Length: 2.7 miles
Trail end points: Elm St. (Laconia) and 94 Daniel Webster Hwy (Belmont)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6404105

WOW Trail Description


The WOW Trail is named after the three bodies of water that can be seen from this rail trail: Lake Winnipesaukee, Opechee Bay, and Lake Winnisquam. This picturesque 2.7-mile trail shares a corridor with the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad between Meredith and Lakeport. This urban path provides diverse experiences for users, offering the serenity of nature as well as the comforts of local restaurants and shops. 

About the Route

Leaving off from the eastern trailhead in Laconia’s Lakeport neighborhood, the first mile of the trail runs along the banks of Opechee Bay to the right. Beautiful murals and public art brighten this section of the trail, and picnic tables are available for trail users who want to enjoy the view. After crossing over the bay, the next section runs through the heart of Laconia. Just 0.5 miles from the bridge, it's impossible to miss the former Laconia B&M Railroad Station, on the left just after the trail crosses Main Street. Although passenger service ended in 1965, trail users can still find shops and restaurants inside, as well as parking.

The southernmost 1.2 miles of trail follow Lake Winnisquam, delivering picturesque vistas of the water, mountains, and wildlife. About 0.75 miles from the railroad station, Bartlett Beach is another site worth seeing. Here, there are seasonal restrooms, a playground, a volleyball court, picnic facilities, and water access. Look for signs for local restaurants for a bite to eat. The remaining portion of the trail continues along the water and reaches its southern end at the Leslie E. Roberts Beach and Recreation Area, which has water access, restrooms, and parking. Fishing is allowed at the lake, with license-free fishing days occurring in January and June.


At the southern end of the trail, the WOW Trail connects to the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

The WOW Trail runs between Elm St. (Laconia) and 94 Daniel Webster Hwy (Belmont), with parking available at both ends.

Parking is also available at:

  • 31 New Salem St (Lanconia)

Please see TrailLink Map for detailed directions. 

WOW Trail Reviews

Ok Trail

This was an OK trail. We enjoyed that it was pretty well marked with the exception of one crossing near some train tracks. Too many road crossing points. Portions of the trail were rough because of roots growing under the pavement. We actually saw a runner take a pretty nasty spill because of the rough surface. It was nice to check it out, but we won’t go out of our way to come back.

I'm riding an eletric wheelchair & it's a nice ride.Off the street. Barbara

I'm riding an eletric wheelchair & it's a nice ride.Off the street. Barbara

not great for skating

Lots of stop signs involving crossing streets and Frost heaves on the trail. Not a terribly wide trail, expect to go over bricks and wooden Bridges also which are pretty bumpy unless you’re on a bike or something. The other nearby scenic trail is much better

No Thanks

This isn’t really a rail trail. It is a trail that parallels a working rail. A lot of the trail goes through commercial areas, and it is likely you will see homeless people and the less desirable parts of town. More an urban passage. Given where the trail goes, the views are unremarkable.


Wow Trail Extended

This trail is paved going through the center of Laconia and then following Rt 3. It is great for walking, biking and running. It is very well maintained and passes multiple beach areas where one can stop. It is a 5 star trail.
The original trail was 2.7 miles long. The current trail is 4.3 miles long. Unlike some trails that just cover up old tracks, this one follows an active trail system. The trail and the tracks are well separated by fences. The first 3/4 of the trail are flat with the last 1/4 of the trail having some small rises and falls. I have been mapping trails for a few decades and will attempt to send a new .gpx file of the current trail with it's extension to the developers of this web site.

WOW trail

Nice ride on a beautiful sunny day. Nice wide paved trail. Lovely areas to stop along the trail to watch the lake and/or birds. Plenty of parking, in the parking lot, at the beginning of the trail.

pleasant ride

parked at the opecheee inn and rode about 3 miles to Leslie Roberts Drive
and back.
trail is paved, mostly flat, sidewalk sections well marked.

Phase 2 completed

Phase 2 extends the trail from downtown Laconia to Belmont's Winni Scenic Trail. Passes by Pitmans Freight Room, Bartlett Beach before heading into forest behind the Belknap Mall. Now 4 1/2 miles to enjoy. Trail is in great shape. Check out wayfarer coffee shop or burrito me in downtown Laconia.

Wow trail

Great for going for a family walk or bike ride .

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