Introduction to Gilford, New Hampshire

Gilford, New Hampshire, in Belknap county, is 38 miles N of Manchester, New Hampshire and 84 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Gilford History

First settled in 1777 as a part of Gilmanton, the town was originally known as Gunstock Parish. Captain Lemuel B. Mason proposed that the name of the town be Guilford in memory of the 1781 Battle of Guilford Court House. The town was incorporated by its current name in 1812, due to a clerical error in the spelling of Guilford.

Gilford and nearby Attractions

  • Benjamin Rowe House
  • White Mountains National Forest
  • Ellacoya State Park
  • Tenney Mountain Ski Area
  • New Hampshire Antique and Classic Boat Museum

Things To Do In Gilford

Ellacoya Beach and the Belknap Mountain Sate Forest are well within reach of Gilford. The Benjamin Rowe House and the Union Meeting House provide insight into the city’s historic past. The New Hampshire Antique and Classic Boat Museum is also worth visiting. Skiing can be enjoyed at the Tenney Mountain Ski Area.

Gilford Transportation

Manchester Airport is the nearest major airport.

Gilford Higher Education

Plymouth State College, New Hampshire College, the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College are the nearby institutions of higher education.

Gilford Almanac

County Belknap County
Standard Zip Codes3249
Phone Area Codes603
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.53
Approximate Longitude-71.38

Gilford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance3 miles
Jan Temp10 to 29 F
Apr Temp33 to 54 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 59 F
Annual Precip40.9 inches
Distance22.3 miles
Jan Temp8 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp56 to 81 F
Oct Temp34 to 59 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
Distance27.2 miles
Jan Temp4 to 27 F
Apr Temp28 to 52 F
Jul Temp53 to 79 F
Oct Temp31 to 57 F
Annual Precip40.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Gilford Public Libraries

Gilford Public Library
Gilford, New Hampshire
(603) 524-6042

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Gilford Public Schools

Gilford Elementary School
76 Belknap Mountain Rd.
ZIP: 3249
(603) 524-1661
Total Enrollment 335
Gilford High School
88 Alvah Wilson Rd.
ZIP: 3249
(603) 524-7135
Total Enrollment 532
Gilford Middle School
72 Alvah Wilson Rd.
ZIP: 3249
(603) 527-2460
Total Enrollment 321
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