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Merrimack Valley Region

Henniker - photo by Lisa Martineau

Explore the Merrimack Valley region of New Hampshire which encompasses the southern portion of the state and includes the cities of Manchester, Nashua, Salem and Concord. This area is also the most populated. It is defined by the Merrimack River that runs through it.

The Merrimack Valley is named and defined by the river that runs through it. The Merrimack River was an essential element of early life here and to the development of many surrounding towns. Today, the river provides a home to countless species of wildlife, a recreation area for kayakers and boaters and an arena for fisherman to try their sport.

This southern part of the state is unquestionably the "hub" of New Hampshire, where the largest portion of the population lives and works. The largest city, Manchester, which has a population of over 100,000 residents, is an old "mill town" that has seen a rebirth in recent years. It's where you'll find the Verizon Wireless Arena, home to the Manchester Monarchs hockey team, and the premiere concert venue in the state. It's also home to the State Capital, Concord, where you'll see the golden domed capitol building, circa 1819, towering over the city.

The city of Nashua, which has been named one of the top 5 places to live by Money Magazine, is a border town, popular with shoppers who come from Massachusetts to enjoy tax-free shopping. In nearby Merrimack you'll find the famous Budweiser Clydesdales residing at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. In Salem, the largest amusement park in the state, Canobie Lake Park, attracts visitors who enjoy roller coasters, water rides and cotton candy. In smaller towns, like Londonderry and Deerfield, only a few steps away from the larger cities, you'll find apple orchards, roadside farm stands, and all of the trappings of country life.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon is home to several NASCAR races each year, making it a beloved destination for motor sports fans across the country. Popular swimming spots include the 9,600-acre Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown and Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham.

Wherever you happen to be in the Merrimack Valley, you are never far from the city or the country. You are a short drive away from the big city life of Boston, lakes, mountains and the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean lapping the shore. Whatever your interests, from sports to art to hiking or biking, you are bound to find something here that you'll love. More than any other part of the state, what you'll find here, is diversity.

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Explore the Merrimack Valley

Covered Bridges

Brookline Covered Bridge

A part of this bridge was originally part of the entrance to the Covered Bridge Craft Store in Nashua, NH. When the store...

Henniker Bridge #63

The Henniker bridge was built by Milton Graton and his son Arnold in 1972 using traditional methods. For example, the framed...

Railroad Bridge - #10

The structure was originally built when the Concord and Claremont Railroad laid its first 33 miles of track from Concord to...

Rowell's Bridge #9

The bridge was built by Horace Childs of Henniker with the help of his brothers Enoch and Warren. The Burr type construction is...

Stowell Road Bridge

This little known bridge is one of the few located in the Merrimack Valley Region.

State Parks and Beaches

Silver Lake State Park

Silver Lake State Park spans 80 acres and its sandy 1,000-foot beach curves along 34-acre Silver Lake. Popular activities in the...

Pawtuckaway State Park

Pawtuckaway State Park offers a variety of landscapes, with something to do and see for everyone. There are many opportunities...

Northwood Meadows State Park

This wooded park with pond and wetlands is excellent for nature walks. Universally accessible trails and fishing.

Clough State Park

Located about five miles east of the town of Weare, Clough State Park is located on the shore of Everett Lake, a 150-acre lake...

Bear Brook State Park

Bear Brook, with nearly 10,000 acres, is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire. Located in the southeast region of...

Attractions

Petals in the Pines Petals in the Pines

Petals in the Pines is a certified Nature Explore Classroom by Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research...

Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum

The Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum is home to one of the finest displays of Scouting memorabilia in the world! Located at Camp...

Liquid Planet

Liquid Planet is a locally-owned and family-run business inspired by New Hampshire's great outdoors.

Massabesic Audubon Center

The Massabesic Audubon Center sponsors many programs throughout the year.

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Come where day magically becomes night.

McLane Center at Silk Farm

The Susan N. McLane Center is Audubon's longest established center. In addition to being a program center, the building is also...

Museum of Family Camping

The Museum of Family Camping is dedicated to Roy B. Heise (1910-1991), whose dream it was to open a museum to display his...

New Hampshire Aviation Museum

The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire is the home of the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society.

New Hampshire State House and Visitor's Center

Located in Concord, the State House, made of Concord granite, was completed in 1819, with additions in 1866 and 1910.

SEE Science Center

Hands-on discovery science center. More than 80 exhibits, including exhibits on sound, light, motion and simple machines.

Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests Conservation Center

The headquarters for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is located in East Concord on a bluff overlooking...

The Millyard Museum

Inside of one of the brick Amoskeag Mill buildings in Manchester, NH is a museum that takes visitors back in time through 11,000...

Frank Lloyd Wright Zimmerman House

The Currier Museum of Art offers you a unique opportunity to explore the world of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Zimmerman House is the...

Discovery Room

The Discovery Room at Fish and Game's Concord headquarters is a window on New Hampshire's great outdoors... complete with a...

Currier Museum of Art

The Currier Museum of Art is an internationally renowned art museum featuring European and American paintings, decorative arts,...

Charmingfare Farm

Visit the largest collection of agricultural animals and North American wildlife in New Hampshire.

Canterbury Shaker Village

The National Historic Landmark has 25 original buildings situated on a rolling hilltop surrounded by open fields, woodlots, and...

Canobie Lake Park

First opened as a street railway amusement facility, Canobie Lake Park was immediately heralded as the finest pleasure resort in...

Beaver Brook Association

Year round programs for adults and children.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery

Quality, tradition and a century-old reputation for brewing the world's finest beers have made the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour a...

Amoskeag Fishways

The Amoskeag Fishways offers award winning school programs, public programs for all ages, family nights, pre-school programs,...

America's Stonehenge

Built by a Native American Culture or a migrant European population? No one knows for sure.

America's Credit Union Museum

The mission of America's Credit Union Museum is to tell the human side of the credit union story.

Little Nature Museum

Small nature center featuring collections, interpretive exhibits, library, trails, and natural science classes for children and...

Museum of New Hampshire History

The Museum of New Hampshire History offers exhibitions on the state's heritage and traditions as well as a variety of programs...

Stonyfield Farm

At their Visitors Center, you can sample their scrumptious yogurt and buy it at discount prices.

Historic Markers

John Goffe

Marker Number: 102

Lafayette's Tour - Northwood, New Hampshire Lafayette's Tour

Marker Number: 24

Londonderry Town Pound

Marker Number: 166

Major John Simpson

Marker Number: 25

Mary Baker Eddy - Concord, New Hampshire Mary Baker Eddy

Marker Number: 105

Matthew Thornton - Merrimack, New Hampshire Matthew Thornton

Marker Number: 79

Molly Stark House - Dunbarton, New Hampshire Molly Stark House

Marker Number: 111

NH Canal System

Marker Number: 132

New Hampshire Presidential Primary - Concord, NH NH Presidential Primary

Marker Number: 175

Nottingham Chartered 1722

Marker Number: 85

General John Stark - Derry, New Hampshire General John Stark

Marker Number: 48

East Weare Village

Marker Number: 143

Early American Clocks - Chester, New Hampshire Early American Clocks

Marker Number: 14

Deerfield Parade

Marker Number: 145

The Concord Coach - Concord, New Hampshire Concord Coach

Marker Number: 128

Captain John W. Gunnison - Goshen, New Hampshire Chester Village Cemetery

Marker Number: 139

Old Dunstable

Marker Number: 29

Pierce Manse - Concord, New Hampshire Pierce Manse

Marker Number: 125

Robert Frost - Derry, New Hampshire Robert Frost

Marker Number: 126

Sam Walter Foss - Holderness, New Hampshire Sam Walter Foss

Marker Number: 141

Scotch-Irish Settlement

Marker Number: 58

Shaker Village - Loudon, New Hampshire Shaker Village

Marker Number: 15

State Capitol - Concord, New Hampshire State Capitol

Marker Number: 66

Sunset Baseball - Concord, NH Sunset Baseball

Marker Number: 148

White Park

Marker Number: 147

Birthplace of Horace Greeley - Amherst, New Hampshire Birthplace of Horace Greeley

Marker Number: 3

Amoskeag Mills - Manchester, NH Amoskeag Mills

Marker Number: 124

Taylor Mill State Historic Site - Derry, New Hampshire Taylor Mill

The Taylor Sawmill is situated on the 71-acre Ballard State Forest in Derry, New Hampshire.

Franklin Pierce

Marker Number: 80

First Church and Meetinghouse

Marker Number: 144

Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson Visit

Marker Number: 36

Hannah Dustin - Boscawen, New Hampshire Hannah Dustin

Marker Number: 49

Forests

Merrimack Valley Region

These forests are located along the meandering banks of the Merrimack River as it flows south through the heart of New Hampshire.

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Waterfalls

Merrimack Valley

The Tucker Brook Town Forest is 285 acres of mostly forested, rolling terrain, and provides excellent hikes in all seasons. The...

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