Gilford, NH Town Profile & Lifestyle Comparison

Settled in 1777, Gilford has retained historical charm while attracting new-comers with its natural beauty and convenient location. The village, with its white clapboard antique homes, country store, and popular old home day parade retains the ambiance of days gone by. Recognized for its quality of life,  Gilford boasts a top quality school system with a new middle school and beautiful new town library. Convenient shopping with Hannafords, Shaws, Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx, Home Goods and a new Lowes store. Many fine restaurants and marinas on Lake Winnipesaukee in the town. Pleasant Ridge Country Club offers 18-holes. Gilford boasts one of the finest and largest town beaches on the big lake and the public town docks in Glendale. Ellacoya State Park is an outstanding natural sand beach in Gilford. Breathtaking lake and mountain views are enjoyed from the top of
Gunstock Ski-Area, and along the shoreline of Lake Winnipesaukee. Prestigious Governor’s Island is located in the town as well. The Meadowbrook Music Arts Center plays host to major national country, rock and pop stars from spring to the fall. Gunstock recreation area – owned by the county, includes one of New Hampshire’s oldest and most popular ski areas. Expanded base lodges, snow making, a new high speed detachable  quad chair and expanded Nordic Center have been completed. The area also offers an outstanding summer camp ground, a fall Octoberfest, craft fairs and antique car shows.

Land Area: 38.8 sq. mi.

Schools: Gilford Elementary School 524-1661, Gilford Middle and Gilford High School 524-7135

Inland water area: 14.7 Sq. Mi.

Town Office: 527-4700

Town Website:  www.gilfordnh.org

Public Library: 31 Potter Hill Road

Library Website:  www.gilfordlibrary.org

Rec. Facilities: Lincoln Park, Village Field, Ice Rink, Gunstock  Recreation Area and Skiing, Gilford Town Beach, Ellacoya State Beach & RV Park, Pheasant Ridge Country Club, Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion, Marinas, Cinema 8 Complex, Hiking Trails, Restaurants, and Town Docks.