Alton, New Hampshire

Nestled within the picturesque town of Alton, New Hampshire, Alton Bay is a charming and inviting cove found on legendary Lake Winnipesaukee.

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Nestled within the picturesque town of Alton, New Hampshire, Alton Bay is a charming and inviting unincorporated community that lies along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in the state, extends its welcoming embrace to Alton Bay, forming a scenic 4-mile-long cove that graces the southernmost point of this magnificent lake. Alton Bay is an integral part of the Lakes Region, a renowned resort area in New Hampshire that beckons travelers seeking a tranquil escape amidst natural splendor.

Alton Bay truly shines during the warm months of the year, becoming a hub of activity for boaters, swimmers, anglers, and nature enthusiasts. The community boasts a collection of cottages that line the picturesque shoreline, affording residents the privilege of unfettered access to the crystal-clear waters of Lake Winnipesaukee. For those looking to experience the area temporarily, there is a range of rental properties available, allowing visitors to immerse themselves fully in the charm of Alton Bay. Furthermore, day trippers are always welcome to utilize the public parking lots conveniently located around the bay.

Alton Bay is not just about its pristine waters; it's a vibrant community with a variety of amenities. Along the bay's shoreline, you'll discover an array of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options that cater to a diverse range of interests. Public boat launches are readily available, catering to motorboats, kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes, making it easy for both residents and visitors to embark on aquatic adventures.

While there is undeniable allure in exploring Lake Winnipesaukee from the water, there is also a unique charm in simply admiring the serene vistas from the shore. Alton Bay Park, a tranquil green space, offers an ideal vantage point to soak in the breathtaking views and unwind in the peaceful ambiance.

Throughout the year, photographers flock to Alton Bay to capture its beauty in every season. One iconic view often featured in photographs is a small cove visible from the Mount Major Highway. Nestled along the coast of this cove are approximately a dozen homes, and during the winter, the cove's waters often freeze over, creating a captivating scene that adds to the bay's enchanting charm. Each of the homes is a different color which adds to the beauty.

In the winter months, Alton Bay comes alive with its delightful Winter Festival, held right on the frozen lake. The entire town participates in this vibrant event, which features an array of games, live music, delectable food options, and much more. Among the festival's highlights is the renowned Great American "bed" race, where participants creatively transform beds into racing vehicles, resulting in a playful and memorable competition that exemplifies the community spirit of Alton Bay.

Whether you visit during the tranquil summer days or the spirited winter festivities, Alton Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee welcomes all with open arms, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and small-town charm that captivates the hearts of residents and visitors alike.

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Mount Major Highway, Alton, New Hampshire

GPS Coordinates:
43.474100, -71.240200
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Parking Notes:
This iconic view of Alton Bay can be seen from Mount Major Highway. If you are looking to park nearby, there is a large parking lot along Lake Winnipesaukee at Alton Bay Park. There are hundreds of parking spots.


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