Wilderness

Map of the White Mountain National Forest Wilderness Areas.Pemigewasset Wilderness Sandwich Wilderness Presidential-Dry Wilderness Great Gulf Wilderness Wild River Wilderness Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness
Map of the White Mountain National Forest Wilderness Areas
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Designated Wilderness is set aside by Congress to be part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. There are over 107 million acres of Wilderness across the United States, much of it in Alaska. You can hike, ski, fish, hunt, and enjoy many other activities within Wilderness. The Wilderness Act defines wilderness in this way:

A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain .... retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and generally appears to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable … has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation; … is of sufficient size as to make practicable its preservation and use in an unimpaired condition; and may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value. -The Wilderness Act 1964

The White Mountain National Forest contains approximately 148,000 acres of Congressionally-designated Wilderness, including the Wild River Wilderness and an extension to the Sandwich Range Wilderness, both of which were designated in 2006. All Wilderness on the WMNF is managed according to the Forest 's Wilderness Plan.



WMNF Wilderness Areas

  • Caribou-Speckled Mountain
    14, 000 acres designated by the 1990 Maine Wilderness Act.
  • Great Gulf
    Approximately 5,552 acres, designated by the 1964 Wilderness Act.
  • Pemigewasset
    45,000 acres designated by the 1984 New Hampshire Wilderness Act.
  • Presidential Range - Dry River
    29,000 acres designated by the 1975 Eastern Wilderness Act and expanded in the 1984 New Hampshire Wilderness Act.
  • Sandwich Range
    35,800 acres: 25,000 designated by the 1984 New Hampshire Wilderness Act and 10,800 designated by the 2006 New England Wilderness Act.
  • Wild River
    23,700 acres designated by the 2006 New England Wilderness Act.