White Mountain National Forest

White Mountain National Forest

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White Mountain National Forest

New Hampshire

(603) 536-6100

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Overview

White Mountains National Forest lies north of New Hampshire's central plateau, cloaked with forests and laced with streams. Among the ranges and ridges are the highest mountains in the Northeast, the Presidential Range, which culminate in the bare granite summit of 6,288-foot Mount Washington, Mounts Adams, Jefferson, Monroe, and Madison. The Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire runs mainly through the White Mountains, including a section along the Presidential Ridge, which is the longest section of the trail above the tree line.

Route 302 offers spectacular views of the Presidential Mountain Range. Within the park there are excellent opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and picnicking. With over 1,200 miles of maintained hiking trails, nine miles of Alpine zone (the largest alpine area in the eastern US), and 160 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountain National Forest is a very attractive and impressive region for strolling, hiking and backpacking. The ponds, brooks, and rivers of the White Mountain National Forest are available for fishing. A network of highways and hiking trails offer both roadside and backcountry fishing opportunities. There are also hunting opportunities on the White Mountain National Forest that vary from large game, such as white-tailed deer, moose, and black bear, to small game, such as rabbits, grouse, and waterfowl.

Map of White Mountain Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 44.106324, -71.402893

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    There are excellent trails for mountain biking. A detailed mountain biking map covering the Pemigewasset Ranger District is available at all Ranger stations and the Supervisor's Office. A recreation opportunity guide for the Cherry Mountain bike loop is available.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Route 302 offers spectacular views of the Presidential Mountain Range. Patte Brook Auto Tour, a self-guided tour on the Androscoggin Ranger District, highlights different aspects of multiple-use resource management.

  • Camping

    The White Mountain National Forest offers a variety of camping experiences: from family-friendly developed campgrounds, to backcountry sites, to the solitude of a wilderness setting. For those interested in a developed site accessible by vehicle, there are 23 campgrounds and three group campgrounds scattered around the Forest, ranging in size from seven to 176 sites. Some accept reservations, others are first-come, first-served. Some provide running water and flush toilets, others are more on the rustic side. Several campgrounds can accommodate recreational vehicles, but none offers hook-ups, sanitation stations, or telephones. Also, three cabins are available for rent year-round on the Saco Ranger District.

  • Fishing

    The ponds, brooks, and rivers of the White Mountain National Forest are available for fishing. A network of highways and hiking trails offer both roadside and backcountry fishing opportunities. Anglers can choose to pursue stocked trout from many of the easily accessible rivers and ponds, or hike into backcountry areas to pursue wild brook trout from the numerous mountain brooks.

  • Hiking

    There are many easy hikes in White Mountain National Forest, as well as opportunities for backcountry hiking. With over 1,200 miles of maintained hiking trails, nine miles of Alpine zone (the largest alpine area in the eastern US), and 160 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountain National Forest is a very attractive and impressive region for strolling, hiking and backpacking.

  • Hunting

    Hunting opportunities on the White Mountain National Forest vary from large game, such as white-tailed deer, moose, and black bear, to small game, such as rabbits, grouse, and waterfowl.

  • Picnicking

    There are many picnic areas available to park visitors.

  • RVing

    Several campgrounds can accommodate recreational vehicles, but none offers hook-ups, sanitation stations, or telephones.

  • Winter Sports

    Available in the winter are snowshoeing, snowmobiling, two permitted alpine/cross country ski areas, four permitted alpine ski areas, two permitted cross country, and one undeveloped spring skiing area (Tuckerman Ravine).

    Downhill ski areas at White Mountain National Forest include Attitash/Bear Peak, Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley and Wildcat. Cross-country ski areas include Bretton Woods, Great Glen Trails, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation and Bear Notch Ski Touring Center.

Directions

Driving

Travel north from Boston on US Highway 93.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(603) 536-6100

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