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Lake Massabesic

16 Londonderry Turnpike, Manchester, NH
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Ranked #7 of 15 attractions in Manchester
Type: Bodies of Water
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Deerfield, New Hampshire
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137 reviews 137 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

There are great places to hike, bike and boat, but my favorite activity here is to park and enjoy the beautiful views that the lake has to offer.

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Millbrook, Alabama, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I started my afternoon here by visiting the Massabesic Audubon Center. I then hiked the trail. The trail has many lovely views. It is a nice hike and very close to Manchester. There is no charge to visit the Audubon Center or hike the trial. I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend it. I want to go back!

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NH
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Lake Massabesic is a regional water supply in addition to being a pristine lake. Great place for a picnic or quiet escape. The only down side is no swimming or wading because of the water supply status. the trails around the lake are great for walking or jogging. There are a couple of local, take-out food vendors within less than... More

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Manchester
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33 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a great way to get out in nature. There are many trails-some are deep in the woods and are good for mountain biking. Other trails are great for walking, or just doing a leisurely ride on rail trails. All trails are dog friendly. Many people bring a chair and sit out to relax and enjoy the lake view.... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

You can hike, bike, walk, kayak, fish or do just about anything in this lake, but swim. Lake Massabesic is the reservoir that services Manchester and swimming is a no-no. But it's beautiful for anything else, even sitting on a park bench and looking at it.

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New Hampshire
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5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Being the watershed for the city of Manchester, Lake Massabesic is a protected area. Manchester Water Works has diligently maintained and actively polices the Lake and the surrounding woods. With the old rail trail going right by, bikers and walkers alike converge to hike and bike the area. Its easy to get to, park your car and unload your bike... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The park is nice for a picnic and relaxing. No swimming but certainly enjoyable for the whole family.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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33 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great place to go for a picnic, kayak, fishing, or my favorite reading a book under a shady tree. Also one of the most popular reasons to head here is the multi-purpose trail. Hiking, running, biking, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling. Whatever your outdoor activity is, you can do it here...except swimming. This is a reservoir for drinking water for the community.

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Manchester, NH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The park by the rotary is a nice picnic place and there are trails along the shore. Just be aware that it is patrolled and you cannot even put your toes in the water, no kids or dogs in the water either. Kayaks are permitted but we have been reprimanded getting out of the boat if our feet touch the... More

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Concord, New Hampshire
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6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

This has been a favorite of mine for many years. A beautiful setting with water and nice trails right on the edge of the city. It still is all that, but now there are so many people who have moved to Manchester that it now feels like a nice city partk, no longer a real place to get away. :-(... More

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