The White Mountain National Forest is located in the north center part of New Hampshire.
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Glimpses of autumn. Beautiful autumn colors on the White Mountain National Forest. Along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway.Glimpses of change farther north. 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. Lower Falls, a popular destination is closed for renovations.


Fall hiking is a favorite for families - the weather is perfect. Autumn is Beautiful on the White Mountain National Forest

Planning a day trip, or spending a week - there are numerous scenic drives, hikes, and scenic vistas waiting for you.  Fall is beautiful here on the White Mountain National Forest - the weather is perfect and the air is crisp.  Take a look at our suggested drives and other links of interest to plan your visit.  Enjoy!


Lower Falls Recreation Site Remains Closed - Site Improvements are Well Underway  

Lower Falls Recreation Site is seeing some visible improvements.  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 year. 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

Mountain Pond Shelter Receives Major Improvements

Mountain Pond Shelter before reconstruction. Mountain Pond Shelter after reconstruction.
Before ...and after

Many years in the works, Mountain Pond Shelter finally saw the improvements come to life.  Over 2 weeks of hard work by Forest Service staff and volunteers resulted in replacing sill logs, 2 walls worth of logs, rock footings, a few roof rafters and a metal roof.  The finishing touchs: final screws in the ridge cap and loaded all the old roofing, tools, and equipment from the site and the project is officially done. Read more.




Late Summer Recreating: Unpredictable Weather is to be Expected

Mt. Moriah in fall.

Don't let the forecast fool you; the weather and recreating conditions are highly unpredicable as late summer transitions to fall.  Keep the following in mind as you prepare for a day enjoying the forest.

Heritage Topics: Fabyan Cabin

Fabyan Guard Station, built in 1923 will receive some much needed preservation work in July.

Built in 1923, the Fabyan Guard Station is the oldest structure built by the Forest Service in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest and is one of the oldest remaining guard stations in the eastern United States. 

In 2014, the White Mountain National Forest Heritage Program and Historicorps came together, along with many volunteers, to spend 3 weeks restoring this cabin.  

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Forest Sign Extraordinaire, Volunteer Jim Wells

New Kancamagus Pass sign to greet visitors at the height of land.

Volunteer Jim Wells has managed the wood working shop for about 3 years, and in that time has replaced numerous trail signs as well as significant and otherwise costly roadway signs.  

Best Management Practices: Watershed Monitoring

Forest employees work together during the summer water monitoring program.

Visible summer projects on a national forest often includes new coats of paint, hiking trails improvements, and campgrounds to capacity.  However, behind-the-scene ....