Our Mountains . . .
and what you can do in them.
Waterville Valley is surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest, a vacation oasis amidst breathtaking 4000' peaks. Our setting, by its very nature, allows for boundless outdoor adventure. Couple that with our one-of-a-kind Freedom Pass, and you'll discover a vacation packed with activities.
Our hiking trail network is the oldest in the country! Waterville Valley contains 5, 4000’ peaks (Passaconaway, Tecumseh, Middle Tripyramid, North Tripyramid and Whiteface). Mount Tecumseh is the “smallest” 4000’ mountain in the state, sneaking in at 4,003’. The nearby Welch & Dickey loop, known for its views and accessibility, is considered one of the most popular hikes in New England. Other favorite family hikes include The Scaur, Goodrich Rock and the Cascades Waterfalls.
Rent a bike at the Adventure Center and cruise around the Valley, or cut through the woods and explore a variety of trails for all abilities through the National Forest. Everything from meandering dirt roads to gnarly single-track is available.
Our tennis center first opened in 1884 and was ranked #11 in the world in 2018. It consistently ranks in the top 25 for its setting, kids programs and value (by Tennis Resorts Online). It is the former summer home of the Laver-Emerson Tennis Holidays. With 18 meticulously maintained clay tennis courts set in the beautiful historic north end of the valley, the tennis center is a thriving mecca of activity spring, summer and fall, with clinics, camps, tournaments and more.
Our golf course was developed in 1898 and provided early vacationers sporty golf in a picturesque setting, with rolling hills and the backdrop of several majestic mountains. It has since been expanded (dropping 2 holes which used to cross Rte 49!) and adding challenging terrain further into the adjacent hills and forest. Today it hosts leagues, tournaments and other special events and is a popular stop for Freedom Pass holders of all ages.
Rent a pedal boat, canoe or kayak in Town Square and explore Corcoran Pond. Pedal boats can fit up to 2 adults and 3 children. Paddleboards available, too!
Located on Boulder Path Road (past the Tennis Courts), Snow's Mountain Chairlift offers something for everyone. Take a relaxing, scenic round trip ride, or the more adventurous can take the chairlift up to the top with a bike and head down a variety of trails for all abilities through the National Forest. Everything from meandering dirt roads to gnarly single-track is available. Open summer and fall.
In the Valley, you're never far from water. From our indoor/outdoor pool to the indoor and outdoor pools at the White Mountain Athletic Club. There's Corcoran's Pond, just a few steps from Town Square and a short walk from the lodge. You can dive in, or just sit on the sandy beach and watch the kids play. And if you're feeling more adventurous, take a dip in one of the many natural swimming holes just a short drive away!
Authors of the Curious George children’s books, Margret & H.A. Rey were residents of Waterville Valley and wrote and illustrated many of their books here. Today, the Margret & H.A. Rey Center and Curious George Cottage is dedicated to providing educational and recreational programs for children and families. The cottage is actually the Rey’s original home (moved to Noon Peak Road from its original location next to the 4th tee on the golf course).
Explore many recreational offerings including pools, saunas, steam rooms, cardio room, fitness classes and tennis courts. Kids will love the new outdoor aquatic center which encompasses The Splash Pad - a 1,600 square foot water soaking fun filled pad filled with splash toys and a 62,000 gallon outdoor pool complete with lap lanes, lounge areas and a unique outdoor pool temperature spa overlooking the majestic mountains.