Black bear activity is on the rise - especially in those areas where visitors and campers are not vigilant about storing their food and keeping a clean campsite. If your camping plans include a visit to Hancock Campground, a first-come, first-served campground, please be advised that a site may be signed as closed. This is an intentional closure until such time that the closure can be lifted. Do not enter the site. For further inquiry, visit the campground host.
The feeding of bears, intentional or unintentional, is prohibited on the White Mountain National Forest.Visitors who have not properly stored their food risk their own safety and receiving a citation.
A series of damaging rain events on Monday, July 28, may have caused erosion on trails and some forest roads. Additionally, water levels are still quite high, and trails with stream crossing may not be passable. Be cautious and consider turning back if it is the safest alternative.
Rocky Branch Road (Jericho Road) is closed to all access, from the southern portion of the Rocky Branch Trail while reconstruction is underway. This area is posted as closed and is enforced by Forest Order 2014-03 and the accompanying map (Exhibit A) during this time. Once the reconstruction is complete and all the equipment have been moved off site, the gate and road will re-open.
Harriman Road will continue to have dual use this spring and into summer: the gate will remain open to the public and there is active logging in the area with heavy equipment and logging trucks using the road. Stay clear of logging trucks and equipment and exercise extreme caution when crossing near skid trail locations.
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.
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.