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Gilford is in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Gilford, New Hampshire is a small town making up 53.8 sq miles. Surround the town is Laconia and Alton. Gilford is apart of the Belknap County in New Hampshire. According to the 2010 census, 7,126 residents live in Gilford, NH. Gilford in made up of both main land and islands such as Governors Islands, Timber Island and Mark Island situated on Lake Winnipesauke, New Hampshire’s largest lake.

Get in[edit]


By Motor Vehicle Most visitors will enter Gilford via highway 93. They will take the Tilton exit and stay on route 11A until it becomes Lake Shore Rd. Lake Shore Rd is the main road in Gilford, NH.

By Boat All travel on Lake Winnipesauke, which takes up the entirety of the coastline, can be done via boat as there are many public docks offering access to land.

By Air Travel It is possible to enter Gilford via the Laconia Airport, just a few miles outside the town.

Get around[edit]

To get around Gilford New Hampshire, most travel will be done by motor vehicle. There are trails are available for dirt bikes, ATVs and some motorcycles, but they do not extent to all reaches of the town. It is also possible for citizens and visitors to travel by foot, as some locations are close together.

See[edit][add listing]

On route 11A, there are two or three locations where travelers are notified of a scenic view. In these areas, parking is available and there is an opportunity to see Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding landscape. Visitors often use these opportunities for taking photographs.

Visitors may also have views of Belknap Mountain throughout Gilford which is located in Belknap County and is approximately 2382 ft in height.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Gunstock Mountain, Route 11A, Phone: +1 603 293-4341. [1]. Skiing, alpine slide and other typical year-round mountain activities.
  • Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook – 72 Meadowbrook Lane (603) 293-4700
A premier summer concert venue holding 8,000 amphitheater seats, lawn seating and numerous side stages for warm-up bands. There is a VIP section for season pass holders and exclusive guests. Many large performers have and do play at the venue and parking is free.
  • Lake Shore Park – Lake Shore Park Rd (603) 293-2284

Visitors can set up RVs, tents, or stay in the hotel available in this campground. Families who started the campground and have either been passed down their residential properties through generations or have bought/sold along with their owner’s share of the park. Visitors can explore the grounds, use their beaches and playground as well as attend events at the campground pavilion.

  • Ellacoya State Park – 280 Scenic Dr (603) 293-7821

This state park is located on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Camping and RV sites are available and there is a long strip of beach available for visitors. Pets are not allowed at this location and there is an admission fee.


Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Wal-Mart, 1458 Lake Shore Rd, (603)528-8011.  edit Wal-Mart is your one stop shop-til-you-drop store. Prices are hard to beat by its competition and the staff is usually welcoming and willing to assist you and your needs. All essential items can be bought at this location.
  • Hannaford, 1425 Lake Shore Rd, (603) 524-4629.  edit Hannaford is a supermarket in the busiest part of town. Most food and beverages products necessary for extended stays can be found at low prices in this location.
  • Moccasin Shop, 1429 Lake Shore Rd, (603) 524-5555.  edit
  • Dollar Tree, 1458 Lake Shore Rd, (603) 527-0403.  edit
  • Lowe´s Home Improvement, 1407 Lakeshore Rd, (603) 556-6032.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Patrick’s Pub and Eatery, 18 Weirs Rd, (603) 293-0841.  edit Patrick’s is a restaurant featuring all the Irish favorites and local music every night for the residents of Gilford. This place is easy to locate due to its location. It is situated in a plaza at a major four-way intersection (Lake Shore Rd & Weirs Rd).
  • Sawyer’s Dairy Bar, 1933 Lake Shore Road, (603) 293 4422.  edit Sawyer’s serves both lunch and dinner options and an extensive ice cream and desert selection. Ordering takes place at an open window and seating is only available outside.
  • Gilford House of Pizza, 9 Old Lake Shore Rd, (603) 528-7788.  edit
  • Papa Gino’s, 1425 Lake Shore Rd, (603) 528-3355.  edit
  • Kitchen Cravings, 15 Airport Rd, (603) 528-9666.  edit
  • Lyons’ Den Restaurant and Travel, 25 Dock Rd, (603) 293-8833.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Patrick’s Pub and Eatery - 18 Weirs Rd (603) 293-0841
  • Lyons’ Den Restaurant and Travel – 25 Dock Rd (603) 293-8833

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Belknap Point Motel – 107 Belknap Point Road (603) 293-7511

Rates range from $77 dollars during the off-season to $150 during the in-season. [2]

  • The Inn at Smith Cove – 19 Roberts Road (603) 293-1111

Rates range from $90 dollars to $180 dollars. Discounts are available during the off-season. [3]

  • Gunstock Inn & Fitness Center – 580 Cherry Valley Road (603) 293-2021

Rates range from $105 dollars to $180. [4]

  • Silver Sands Motel – 103 Weirs Rd (603) 293-4481

Rates range from $80 dollars during the off-season to $1400 for a three-bedroom cottage during the in-season. [5]

  • A Fireside Inn and Suites – 14 Sawmill Rd (603) 524-5533

Rates vary from $160 dollars to $240 dollars. Amenities include free continental breakfast and indoor and outdoor pools and indoor whirlpool spa.[6]

  • Misty Harbor and Barefoot Beach Resort – 118 Weirs Rd (603) 293-4500

Rates range from $79 dollars during the off-season to $320 during the in-season. Amenities include indoor and outdoor pools and beach front property. [7]

Get out[edit]

To leave Gilford, New Hampshire, head west on route 11 to hit interstate highway 93 in Tilton. To leave the town and head towards Alton, head east on 11A. Visitors may also leave via the Laconia Airport Authority at 65 Aviation Dr, in Gilford, NH. Visitors also have the option to leave Gilford via boat to another town with access to Lake Winnipesauke.

Routes through Gilford
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