The Town of Hopkinton offers a variety of activities and things to do year-round both in town and within the surrounding areas. The Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Department alone provides a number of activities for all ages that keep residents coming back again and again.
Hopkinton is home to a number of walking trails, such as the Hopkinton Village Greenway. The Greenway is comprised of 4.5 miles of walking trails that circle around the center of Hopkinton. Also located near the center of Hopkinton is Hawthorne Town Forest, with a 1.7-mile loop that is surrounded by woodland. There are also several shorter walkways around Houston Fields, which are excellent for children and families. For the complete list of walking trails in Hopkinton, click here.
Swimming, Fishing, and Boating
Hopkinton has a number of swimming areas open during the hot summer months. One of the most popular in-town swimming destinations is Kimball Pond, located at 58 Rollins Road and staffed with Red Cross certified lifeguards from 10 AM-6 PM daily. Kimball Pond also provides swimming lessons, and fishing and canoeing is possible outside of the swim area. Elm Brook State Park in Contoocook is also popular in the summer, and includes not only an unstaffed swimming area but also plenty of picnic and fishing areas, a boat ramp, and a playground. Adjacent to the Lewellen Gazebo area in Contoocook is access to the Contoocook River for swimming, fishing, and boating. Boating and fishing is also available at Whittier Pond, Drew Lake, and Kimball Lake.
George's Park is located next to the Hopkinton Middle/High School and holds the majority of its sports fields. The park includes a baseball field, softball field, little league baseball field, field hockey field, and a 1/5 mile dirt track, as well as an outdoor tennis court, basketball court, and newly-renovated skate park. Houston Fields, located behind the Hopkinton Town Library, are host to numerous soccer fields, a lacrosse/football field, a baseball field, and a playground. A small park adjacent to the Lewellen Gazebo is also located in Contoocook and is the place for a number of musical events put on by the Rec Department. When not in use for the Hopkinton State Fair, the Hopkinton Fairgrounds are home to wide open fields (including a baseball diamond) during the summer months and groomed cross-country ski trails and a maintained ice rink during the winter months.
The Slusser Senior Center in Contoocook is the home of a number of indoor programs available to residents of all ages, including weekly knitting groups, Tai Chi classes, and more. Check out the recreation page for more information.
The possibilities are endless. Try visiting Gould Hill Farm in the late summer and fall for fresh produce, donuts, and an amazing view. Or maybe take the family to Beech Hill Farm to grab some ice cream and check out the farm animals. Whatever you're in the mood for, you can find it here in Hopkinton.
Apart from the dozens of parks and events going on throughout the year in Hopkinton, there are a number of places in the surrounding area that attract Hopkinton residents to them as well. Included but certainly not limited to these are:
- Pat's Peak Ski Area, Henniker
- McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord
- Red River Theatres, Concord
- Little Nature Museum, Warner
- Fall Foliage Festival, Warner
- Chuckster's Family Fun Park, Chichester