Sunday Funday at Lake Massabesic

A peek at Lake Massbesic from behind the trees

Or is it technically Massabesic Lake? Either way, a spring Sunday was well-spent while trekking the trails around this beautiful spot yesterday. After a morning being lazy indoors, my friend Amanda texted me to see if I was interested in going on a nature excursion that afternoon. Since there was not a cloud in the sky and it was a perfect temperature (not too hot, not too cool), there was no way I could say no to some fresh air. After meeting at her house we headed to Auburn, NH and found the lake and a parking lot around it. Off we headed to the trails!

Me and Amanda on our excursion!

Lake Massabesic actually spreads into two areas in New Hampshire, the town of Auburn and the city line of Manchester. The lake is incredibly blue and very pristine looking, as according to the Manchester, NH website, it “collects and stores water from rainfall or melting snow that provides drinking water for 159,000 people in the regional Manchester area” (

My attempt at a panoramic shot of the lake…a little lopsided, but still captured the beauty nicely! P.S. As mentioned above, Lake Massabesic provides drinking water, and boats like the ones pictured here are not allowed in restricted area of the lake. Also, no swimming allowed! 🙂

I wanted to take some time and disconnect from the technological world, and I didn’t capture any photos of inside the trails. However, the trails were pretty, clean, and not difficult to walk through. I’d say they are suitable for families of all ages. Some of the trails are more in the woods; you may be stepping over logs or muddy spots, going through leaf piles, etc. The other option on the part of the lake we were located at was to walk the Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail, which is more open and easily walkable, very convenient for biking and running. Lots of people were walking dogs while we were out – these are the perfect trails to bring your pup to, as long as you keep them on a leash. Amanda and I tried both types of trails on our walk.

Nothing but blue skies (and blue water) yesterday on Lake Massabesic

The Rockingham Recreational Trail seemed to go on forever. From what I’ve realized via some Google searches, it goes through several towns. I’d say we did about a 2.5 mile trek. I would have definitely kept going because that’s not too far, except having stayed at Nick’s parents’ house while visiting the night before, I didn’t have any sneakers with me! I had to be content with borrowing a pair of Amanda’s boots…and she is a size or more smaller than me. Yikes! My right foot was okay, but my left foot which is bigger started forming a blister after awhile. Now I’ll remember to always keep  a pair of sneakers in my car for times like this!

If you’re in the Manchester/Auburn, NH area and are looking to reconnect with nature in a not too strenuous way, I highly recommend the trails around Lake Massabesic. You can either walk the Rockingham Recreational Trail and the other trails around it, or you can also walk the Massabesic Audubon Trails. Visit this website for more details about the Rockingham Trail and how to access it, and visit this website for more about the Massabesic Audubon Center area.

Happy Trails! 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Sunday Funday at Lake Massabesic

  1. Looks like you had a great time. I was there during the winter. It’s beautiful there. And, yes, some people take the Rockingham Recreational Trail on their bikes. It goes all the way to Portsmouth I believe.(26.5 miles – now THAT is a hike!)

    • We had a great time! I only wish I had the proper footwear so I could have walked longer! I bet it’s beautiful during the winter as well. 26.5 miles out to Portsmouth is definitely a hike! Maybe one day I’ll bike it!

      • It is very pretty there during the winter. There were ice boaters and people fishing and even some die hard cyclists out when I went there. It really is such a beautiful place.

      • That sounds lovely, we luckily had a fairly mild winter to enjoy outdoor activities longer this year! It is very beautiful, I’m looking forward to going back another time soon!

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