The White Mountain National Forest is located in the north center part of New Hampshire.
Where is this Forest?



Bear visiting dumpster.Food and camping supplies packed in trunk.Bear canisters are available to borrow first-come, first-served.


U.S. Forest Service Travel Analysis Process: The Road Study

One of many roads on the White Mountain National Forest.The White National Forest manages more than 600 miles of roads.  Many Forest roads provide land management- and user-related benefits, however roads that cannot be adequately maintained can be unsafe to visitors and threaten ecosystems. The road study will begin to help us prioritize our limited resources to effectively manage roads used by visitors and the accomplishment of our broad natural resource management mission.

We invite you to review the road system with us to help recommend opportunities that lead to a safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable road system. We encourage anyone who uses roads or benefits from a national forest to share information and ideas that could be added to the Road Study report.

Road Study - A Brief Introduction [pdf]

Download the document version of the webpage [pdf]

Trailhead Steward Program - Recruiting for Summer 2015!

The Trailhead Steward Program was a great success in 2014, sharing the safety and ecology message.The Trailhead Steward program is a volunteer based program designed to educate hikers on safety and ecology before they begin their hike.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the White Mountain National Forest, connect with visitors in a meaningful way, and help protect the natural resources that make this forest so beautiful.  

What skills do I need and how do I get started?

Save the date: Volunteer Training, Saturday, May 30, 2015 


Recent News


Spring Recreating: Warmer Days Can be Deceiving

Winter is a rewarding season to recreate.

Spring is a special time on the forest.  It is also a time to be extra cautious.  The warmer days can be deceiving, especially at higher elevations.  Keep the following in mind as you prepare for a day visiting the forest.

Spring Black Bear Safety

Bear catches the scent of toothpaste?  Do not store food or even toothpaste in your tent.

Bears are active on the forest, and look for any easy food source.  Be sure to always put your food away and keep your backpack with you at all times.  Visitors will receive a citation for sites where visitors have not properly stored their food.

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Learning Lichens Curriculum

Students survey lichens on a plot near their school.

Lichens can be studied every season of the year and in nearly every location. Learning Lichens will introduce students to intriguing lichen ecology, identification, and values to humans.


The White Mountain National Forest and White Mountain Interpretive Association are seeking volunteers.