August means blueberry season in the Granite State is officially in full force. Wild blueberry season typically begins mid-to late July, carrying over into mid-to-late August. There are many ways to enjoy scenic views and abundant berries in the state of New Hampshire. For those looking to beat the summer crowds, plan on hiking mid-week and start early in the morning.
#1. Pitcher Mountain
Pitcher Mountain is a popular spot for both hiking and blueberry picking, featuring an easy 0.6 mile round-trip hike leading to a fire tower with wonderful views of Mount Monadnock and the Green Mountains in Vermont. Along the path you’ll find endless blueberry and raspberry bushes, so don’t forget to bring a container! The trail has unobstructed views for miles.
#2. North Percy Peak
Located in Stratford, Percy Peaks Trail offers a rewarding snack for those willing to take on the steep, rugged trek. North Percy’s exposed, rocky summit features low-bush blueberries galore.
#3. Blue Job Mountain
Blue Job Mountain State Forest features a variety of hiking terrain through hardwood forest. From late July to late August, you will find heaps of wild blueberry fields, and hardwood forests. A trail leads from the fire tower to Little Blue Job Mountain, which is covered in blueberry bushes seasonally.
#4. Foss Mountain
Foss Mountain features a long, open ridge that is home to a low bush blueberry farm. Depending on the time of year, you’ll find plentiful wild blueberries on your hike from start to finish. From the summit you can enjoy panoramic views of the Lakes Region and White Mountains.
#5. Belknap Range
To reach the summit of Piper Mountain involves an easy, under-2-mile round-trip hike with a flat, rocky peak shrouded with wild blueberry bushes during the late summer months. To extend your journey, follow the white blazes to reach Piper’s neighbor, Mt. Belknap for panoramic views of the Lakes Region from a fire tower along with lowbush blueberries aplenty.