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Read the short introduction below for a basic description of recreation traditions.
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Overview

Traditional forms of outdoor recreation include sports, hiking, hunting, and fishing. In New Hampshire many traditional forms of outdoor recreation have evolved from the ways people got from one place to another before vehicles were invented - hiking and canoeing during the spring, summer, and fall, and snowshoeing, skiing, and dogsleding in the long northern winters. A newer form of mobility in the winter is snowmobiling and it has become a tradition for many in New Hampshire, with both practical and recreational uses.

Sled dog races are held in Laconia each year. Racers come from around the country to participate in the three-day event.

Sled dog races are held in Laconia each year. Racers come from around the country to participate in the three-day event.

Some forms of outdoor recreation developed out of need to eat. Not so long ago in human history, hunting and fishing was a necessity. Successful hunters and fishermen developed tremendous skills. They relied upon good equipment, their own knowledge of their environment, and an understanding of wildlife behavior. Today, hunting and fishing are done more for sport, but the knowledge of a good hunter or fishermen is still passed along from one person to another, not learned in a book.

People who love traditional forms of outdoor recreation depend upon good weather to get the most out of their time outside. Weather in New Hampshire's mountains can change radically at a moment's notice-going from pleasant to dangerous without warning. So outdoor lovers tend to keep in constant touch with some form of weather forecasting and go out well prepared.

Learning about traditional forms of recreation, hunting and fishing and the way the weather influences these activities can connect you to a vast body of knowledge.

The waterways of New Hampshire provide many opportunities for fun-in, on, and above the water.

The waterways of New Hampshire provide many opportunities for fun-in, on, and above the water.

Would you like to learn more about recreational and weather traditions in New Hampshire?

Fishing Weather Dog Sledding & Dog Sled Making

For more information on recreational hunting & fishing in New Hampshire, visit:

NH Department of Fish & Game's website.

For more information on:

White Mountain National Forest.

For more information on:

New Hampshire State Parks.

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Photo credits
All: Photographer - Lynn Martin Graton