Construction continues on the Rumney Rocks parking lot connector trail. Visitors may encounter single lane closures on Buffalo Road. While trail construction will continue in the coming weeks, no more area closures are anticipated.Here are a couple things that climbers and other visitors to Rumney Rocks can do to help the project and your experience at the crags go smoothly.
Heavy equipment has moved into the area, but at this time are largely working away from the main trail. When it becomes necessary for the work to take place on the trail, the trail will be signed closed and an update will be posted on the website.
The Lincoln Woods Trail on the west side of the river will remain open and will be accessible during these closures by crossing the river on the pedestrian walkway located alongside the Route 112 highway bridge.
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.
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.
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.