The White Mountain National Forest is located in the north center part of New Hampshire.
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Bear canisters are available to borrow - first-come, first-served. Properly stored food - in a car at a campground. Bears are opportunistic and this dumpster smells inviting.Links to Fabyan Cabin Week 3 on Vimeo.<br />  Courtesy of Forrest Seavey. Lower Falls, a popular destination is closed for renovations.Lower Falls, a popular destination is closed for renovations. SCA give a huge hand and friendly smile on WMNF trails. SCA: sometimes all it takes is jumping to get that rock in place. Summer maintenance includes string trimming and mowing.Summer maintenance includes string trimming and mowing.

Lower Falls Recreation Site Is Closed - Site Improvements Underway  

Lower Falls parking lot under construction.  Site improvements are under way at Lower Falls Recreation site, and while it will remain closed until November, the upgrades and improvements are significant and worth a visit next summer. The forest is looking forward to renovations that will improve public safety, the recreation experience, and minimize visitor impacts to the area. While Lower Falls is closed, please refrain from slowing down or pulling over.  Learn more

Secure your Food - "A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear"

bear catches the scent of toothpaste?  Do not store food or even toothpaste in your tent. 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. First priority upon arriving at your destination: secure your food.  

  • Put all food away even during the daytime.  Never leave a buffet on the picnic table - whether you are there or not.  
  • Never leave your backpack.  
  • Do not store food in pop-up campers.  Bears can and have ripped through the canvas tent.
  • Bears that are successful obtaining human food may have to be trapped or killed.  "A fed bear is a dead bear."
  • Following safe food storage practices protects both you and the bears.  Follow these guidelines to practice safe recreating in bear country.
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No More Soggy Feet, Thanks to JAG Crew

Jobs After Graduation crew spend a week helping the trail crew make much-needed trail improvements.Anyone that has hiked in the White Mountains might recall a time they encountered a soggy or muddy trail section. This no doubt adds to the embellishment of a memorable trip. But, for hikers on the Rattle River Trail or Thompson Falls Trail they will experience new trail upgrades, including bog bridges that keep hikers above the muck. These improvements are in large part due to a hard-working group of youth who are part of the JAG – Jobs After Graduation program. Read more...

Fabyan Cabin - A Moment in History

Fabyan Cabin Restoration New Hampshire Week Three from Forrest Seavey.

Forest Service volunteer photographer/videographer, Forrest Seavey has beautifully captured the Fabyan Cabin volunteers with Historicorps.  The results?  Memories to last a lifetime on the White Mountain National Forest. 



2014 Summer Campground Program

Campers relaxing in Hancock Campground

Visitors and residents alike are invited to enjoy free programs each Wednesday and Saturday evening this summer.  All of this summer’s programs are part of the nation’s year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  

Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary

Pemigewasset Wilderness

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the WMNF has scheduled several public viewings of American Values: American Wilderness in communities surrounding the Forest and one showing in Boston. The movie will be preceded by a brief introduction about Wilderness, and followed by a group discussion/question and answer session facilitated by Forest Service Wilderness recreation staff. 

The movie schedule:

August 15, Gorham, NH
August 27, AMC - Boston, MA
September 18, Bethlehem, NH

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WMNF Heritage Topics

Image of Ranger Office Depot on Highland Street, Plymouth, NH.

The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) constructed Fire Equipment Depot buildings on three of its five ranger districts between 1940 and 1942.

Former Pemigewassett Ranger Station For Sale By Sealed Bid

The Plymouth Fire Equipment Depot and office building, view toward Highland Street.

Want to own a piece of U.S. Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest, Civilian Conservation Corp history?


Summer Safety

A beautiful day hiking Mt. Washington

If your plans include a trip to the mountains, please keep in mind that it is still winter conditions, especially at higher elevations.

Forest Venues Now Available to Rent Online

Russell-Colbath Barn in a field of daisies

Looking for a venue for family or group gathering?  The Russell-Colbath barn and Dolly Copp Picnic area are perfect for events large and small - and can be reserved online.