Long Pond in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire is a beautiful pond. Especially for an early morning paddle when you might see the beavers or at dusk. Plenty of birds (did we see an eagle?) and plenty of coastline to explore.
It is in fact long: a mile long and a 1/4 mile wide.
The best part was that even in the height of summer we only saw a few others kayaking and 2 fishermen in a row boat. Despite it being somewhat close to the hustle and bustle of the Whites it is removed enough from the Kanc region to cut back on crowds some.
There is absolutely zero developement and no threat of any road noise whatsoever here. Motor Boats are NOT welcome. (YAY!)
There are picnic tables and charcoal grills for lunch at the put-in and it is a great, short, 1-2 hours of paddling. Just beautiful and surrounded by mountains.
There are pit toilet restrooms, fee parking, picnic tables and charcoal grills.
The White Mountains do have day use fees for parking. You can also obtain more lenghty passes for longer stays.
Route I-93, take exit 32 and drive west on route 112. Route 112 joins route 116 and take 116 for about another mile. Follow route 116 (it splits) and turn left onto Long Pond Rd. Follow signs for Long Pond until you reach parking area.
Resources: Quiet Water: New Hampshire and Vermont
- by John Hayes and Alex Wilson