Autumn and Winter can be a hard time of year to stay motivated, active and fit. Discover New England is inviting everyone to stay active when they are visiting, through running, walking, hiking, cycling and swimming. Below you will find out more about the best and some unusual places to keep fit throughout New England.
In Newport, Rhode Island have a short jog on the cliff walk and combine exercise with sight-seeing. Enjoy 3.4 miles of rocky cliffs, remarkable mansions and country houses. The Newport Mansions are famous and built in the late 19th century by entrepreneurs as their summer homes. They have magnificent ocean views and are now open for public touring as well. www.visitrhodeisland.com/listing/cliff-walk/269/
Rail Explorers will come to Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 2018. From 12 May – November 2018, visitors can combine exercise with sight-seeing, once again in Rhode Island. Via a pedal powered “Rail Explorers” vehicle, take a scenic ride along historic Aquidneck Island and Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. Choose from two tours “The Northern Ramble” or “The Southern Circuit” – both are 6 miles. Two riders cost from $75 and four from $125. https://www.railexplorers.net/
New Hampshire is home to the White Mountains with 48 peaks that exceed 4,000 feet including Mount Washington, the tallest peak in north eastern USA. At the base of Mount Washington is the Great Glen Trails, and in these trails from 10 May to 11 October 2018 there are a variety of weekly spring, summer and autumn trail running and mountain race series’. https://www.visitnh.gov/attraction/7191/great-glen-trails-outdoor-center
In New Hampshire there are over 150 waterfalls. In Crawford Notch State Park, visitors can enjoy a hike with views of cliffs and waterfalls including the tallest in the state, Arethusa Falls. This is a 1.5 mile hike up which usually takes 1.5hrs. https://www.visitnh.gov/attraction/6470/crawford-notch-state-park
Cycle the Cape Cod Rail Trail on the east side of Cape Cod! The trail follows a former railroad for 22 miles from South Dennis to Wellfleet. Visitors will follow the trail through the coastal towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet coming across the Nickerson State Park, Rock Harbor area and Cape Cod National Seashore Center. Its paved surface, with a few hills and well-marked vehicle crossings, make it ideal for cyclists. Enjoy the road that brought people to Cape Cod on holiday via train in the early 1800s until around 1960. https://www.massvacation.com/business/788/
The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a 11.2-mile trail and is a former railroad corridor. Visitors can cycle, run or walk it! The southern end of the rail trail begins at the entrance to the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough and the route continues north to the centre of Adams. Visitors travel through areas of Cheshire, Lanesborough and Adams coming across the Hoosic River Valley which is between the Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Mountain Ranges. The name Ashuwillticook derives from the Native American word for the south branch of the Hoosic River and literally means “at the in-between pleasant river”. The name was adopted for the trail to reconnect people to local history and the natural environment in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. https://www.massvacation.com/business/254/
Bradbury Mountain State Park, is the only state park in southern Maine to offer shared-use trails for horseback riders, mountain bike riders and walkers. There are various trails that visitors can choose from on the east and the west side of the park. The Summit Trail on the West of Route 9 has the quickest route to the scenic views of the summit. The trails on East of Route 9 are great for mountain bikers. When visitors are participating in activities on Bradbury Mountain State Park during the autumn, on their way to the summit, they should look out for migrating hawks and eagles, and at the summit take in views of the fall foliage. https://visitmaine.com/things-to-do/parks-and-natural-attractions/bradbury-mountain-state-park
Acadia’s Echo Lake is the perfect place for visitors to practice their open water swimming. It’s a 237-acre lake on the west side of Mount Desert Island and there is lifeguard-protected swimming as well as changing facilities. Enjoy swimming and being surrounded by beautiful New England nature. https://visitmaine.com/things-to-do/parks-and-natural-attractions/acadias-echo-lake
Many visitors cycle the flat Old Lyme bike route. It starts at Old Saybrook Railroad Station, along the way are sensational views of Long Island and the Connecticut River. It’s 48.8 miles with points to stop for lunch, snacks and ice cream. There is also a bike rental company in Old Lyme, Connecticut. http://www.ctvisit.com/listings/town-old-lyme
In White Memorial Foundation, Litchfield, visitors can go canoeing or kayaking, and this is the state’s largest nature center and wildlife sanctuary. The Bantam Lake and Bantam River are both popular with canoers and kayakers. There are also opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in this nature center and wildlife sanctuary. http://www.ctvisit.com/listings/white-memorial-foundation
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