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



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.

Unique Volunteer Opportunity at Historic Fabyan Cabin

Fabyan Cabin Restoration New Hampshire from Forrest Seavey.

Forest Service volunteer photographer/videographer, Forrest Seavey has beautifully captured the Fabyan Cabin volunteers with Historicorps.  The results?  A lot of sweat, sun, heat, and gallons of water consumed.  The reward?  Memories to last a lifetime on the White Mountain National Forest. 

Wilderness 50th Anniversary

Pemigewasset WildernessIn honor of the Wilderness 50th Anniversary, 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. 

View the movie schedule and learn more about the Wilderness Areas on the White Mountain National Forest.

2014 Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence Banner image The WMNF and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire have announced that poet, teacher, and photographer Susie O’Keeffe has been chosen as the Artist in Residence for 2014.  Susie's artist residency is dedicated to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  Learn more about the artist, and stay tuned for the announcement of community and public programs in July. 



Recent News


Campground Program Kicks off with visit from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

A porcupine from Squam Lake Natural Science Center help to kick off the summer campground program.

This summer’s first program at Dolly Copp Campground was “Creatures of the Night”, presented by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.  Over 100 visitors filled the CCC-built Dolly Copp Visitor Center to learn about nocturnal life in the forest.

Forest Service Foresters Meet with Local Timber Industry Representatives

Forest Service and forest industry partners inspecting log defects on a felled tree.

 A meeting long in the planning and initially scheduled October 2013 finally came to fruition on June 17.   Forest Service Certified Timber Cruising personnel, representatives from New Hampshire Timber Owners Association (NHTOA) and local timber industry representatives came together to discuss the WMNF timber cruising process and volume estimation procedures. 

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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.