Madison: Tucked Away but Close to the Action
Madison is a charming town just south of North Conway. Madison is a more secluded area, and a great place to relax on sunny beaches or shady trails. There are several ponds and lakes in Madison, including the 3 Pea Porridge Ponds (Small Pea, Middle Pea and Big Pea) and Silver Lake. Both are excellent choices for swimming, fishing, canoeing, or just enjoying the sunshine on a sandy beach. In the winter, you can try your hand at ice fishing.
Hiking and Sightseeing
Madison is close to the famous Kancamagus Highway, which has endless opportunities for hiking, swimming in the river, visiting waterfalls and covered bridges, or just enjoying an incredibly scenic drive. For a short, kid-friendly walk to a beautiful set of waterfalls, check out Sabbaday Falls. For a middle-length hike with less foot traffic, try Hedgehog Mountain or Boulder Loop. Mt. Chocorua is an excellent day hike. On a clear day, the views are stunning at the craggy peak.
Experience the Local Culture
The Remick Museum and Farm is an excellent outdoor education center in nearby Tamworth where families can learn about everything from maple syrup to milking cows. They offer nature walks, farm-to-table dinner events, and classes all year round. The White Lake Speedway is also in Tamworth, and has a go-kart track, laser tag, and an 18-hole mini golf course.
Madison is close to King Pine, a great beginner’s ski area in Freedom, NH. While it may not be as large as some of the surrounding resorts, it’s a great starter mountain and also offers some steeper trails. In the summertime, Monkey Trunks is a high ropes challenge course that is fun for the whole family, and is just south of Madison. The Madison Boulder is also worth taking a photo next to – you won’t believe how huge it is until you see it in person!