Heavy rain earlier in the week has rivers and streams running very high with rapid currents. These factors and the chilly weather makes for an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation.
Keep these in mind as you recreate this weekend:
Beware of slick and slippery rocks. Any amount of moisture and rocks become slippery and provide unstable footing.
If there is a rail, fence, or warning sign - heed it and don't try to go around or slip behind. The safety precautions are appropriately placed, most likely because of other unfortunate incidents at that location.
Water fluctuates rapidly. Be certain to look for changes in water levels; don't assume the conditions are the same as earlier in the day.
WARNING: An Emergency Forest Supervisor Closure Order prohibits the transport or movement of any species and type of firewood originating outside of New Hampshire or Maine onto the White Mountain National Forest. Individuals discovered with such firewood will be in violation of the order and subject to written and/or oral warnings, tickets, and fines. The order is in response to the threat posed to forest resources by the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorned Beetle.
The Moriah Brook Trail Bridge is closed as of Tuesday, September 1, 2015. This pedestrian bridge provided access from Wild River Campground to the west side of the Wild River Wilderness, and the east side of the Carter-Moriah Range. Hikers need to be prepared to ford the river, find another crossing, or turn back and hike another day. With the closure of this bridge, the only remaining hiker bridge is at the northeastern end of the Highwater Trail, seven miles downstream at the confluence of the Wild River and Evans Brook.
As per Forest Closure Order 2011-06, the areas listed on Exhibit A are closed to motorized use until further notice. This closure is a result of damage sustained during a tropical storm in August 2011.
Ore Hill Mine site remains closed to unauthorized persons by Forest Supervisor Order. Hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) and other trails in this area of the western WMNF are not affected, but should be aware of this closure.
We try to keep this list as accurate as possible. However, a gate may be opened or closed temporarily based on weather conditions and resource requirements. Also, some road access is controlled by Maine or New Hampshire DOT (see notes).
Many Forest Roads are re-opened in winter for snowmobiling when there is enough snow cover. Those roads have their gates locked once the snow melts and until the roads dry sufficiently that resource damage will not occur. During the spring, consider all roads closed unless specifically noted as open. If you need more details about a particular road, please contact the appropriate Ranger District. Click on the district name for contact information.