Outdoor Recreation


The Monadnock region is crisscrossed with hiking, biking, and cross-country ski trails, and dotted with lakes and ponds for swimming, boating, and fishing. Mount Monadnock, one of the most climbed mountains in the world with 40 miles of trails, is the “backdrop” for Peterborough and the many towns and villages in southwest New Hampshire.


Peterborough Recreation Department

Parents and young athletes will appreciate Peterborough’s wide range of organized youth programs, along with expansive town recreational offerings.

The Peterborough Recreation Department supports local and travel sport programs, such as soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, and golf, and adult softball and volleyball. On their web site is the current Recreation Brochure.

Nearby (right down the street/sidewalk) are the town recreation facilities: an outdoor public pool where swimming lessons are offered, tennis courts, ball fields, a playground with a summer day camp for children, and a skateboard park.

Cunningham Pond, on the east side of Peterborough, hosts the town beach.


Area Camps

The Peterborough/Monadnock region offers a variety of camp experiences with the emphasis here on summer camps with day programs. See the New Hampshire Camp Directors and the American Camping Association sites for additional camps in the area and New Hampshire.

Outdoor Activities



Opportunities for biking abound in the region. With terrain suitable for mountain biking as well, the Mondanock region and southwestern NH's trails are for all skill levels.


Over 200 lakes, ponds, streams and rivers make for a diverse selection of species. Our own Nubanusit river is home to brook and brown trout.


Angus Lea

Crotched Mountain Golf Club

Monadnock Country Club, located in Peterborough, offers a nine-hole golf course, challenging enough for adults but small enough for young players.

Shattuck Golf Club 

Woodbound Inn Golf Course


Take a hike! The problem, if there really is one, is making a choice, not finding a place to hike. Peterborough is home to Shieling State Forest and Edward MacDowell Lake, and there is a trail from the center of town to the summit of Pack Monadnock. Nubanusit Neigborhood and Farm has a marked trail following the river into the woodland. The region itself offers many varied hiking locations.

Conservation has been a priority for decades, and the organizations active in this area—the Harris Center, NH Audubon, Monadnock Conservancy and Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests—allow access to their properties for recreation, including hiking.



Crotched Mountain 

Pat’s Peak

Cross Country

Windblown Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Center

Sargent Camp

Forests & Parks

Casalais State Forest

Cathedral of the Pines

Greenfield State Park

Miller State Park

Monadnock State Park

Rhodedendron State Park

Sheldrick Forest