Laconia & Lakes Region, NH, Guide and Information
You’ll be wowed by the beauty in much of this part of the state, some of which may be found on the WOW Trail, a recreational trail for biking and walking along scenic Lake Opechee from Laconia to Lakeport. WOW stands for Winnipesaukee, Opechee and Winnisquam, the three most significant lakes of the region. The trail, most of which was built on old railroad tracks, now measures 4.25 miles, however, know that it is continually expanding and also incorporating other trails such as the Winnisquam Scenic Trail. It’s a great place to recreate and to access different parts of Laconia.
Life always seems better on the water, or in the water, particularly if it’s a hot summer’s day. There’s nothing like the silky waters of a lake whether you’re swimming in them, listening to them lap at the shore or gazing out upon their blue–green beauty. Of course you could also be boating on them, hiking alongside of them or ice fishing on their white, crystalline surfaces in January, to name just a few of the activities you can do here. There’s no end to the enjoyment you can have at a lake.
You’re well served within the Lakes Region of New Hampshire since this area in the mid-to-northern part of New Hampshire boasts many lovely ones including Winnisquam Lake, Squam Lake, Newfound Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee, the biggest one of them all. Peppered with hundreds of islands of all shapes and sizes whether private, public or forever wild, these irregular-shaped bodies of water charm you with their natural beauty, the fun you can have upon them and the life and culture created on them by man. Bordered by long, loafy mountains that ease into their shores, the water as well as the land here beckons to be revered. And from hotels such as the Lake Ochepee Inn in Laconia to an historic home on Meredith Bay, there’s no end to the handsome and heartwarming structures and homes that punctuate the lakeside landscapes in this section of the Northeast. No wonder this part of New England has attracted vacationers for more than a century and a half.