The White Mountain National Forest is located in the north center part of New Hampshire.
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Bear Safety - Put Your Food Away

black bear  Always put your food away in your vehicle when not actively dining and keep your backpack with you at all times.

If a bear should enter your camping area or site while you are dining, bang pots and pans, yell at them and continue to make a lot of noise.  This kind of discouragement often deters a bear.  Always report a bear siting or encounter to the campground host.   Bear encounters are less likely if you follow food storage guidelines at all time.  Visitors will receive a citation for sites where visitors have not properly stored their food as described in the guidelines.  


Proposed Fee Changes

The White Mountain National Forest has long been loved for its outstanding recreation opportunities.  The draw for many visitors are the easily accessible day use sites and scenic areas with higher amenity facilities. The Forest is seeking public comments on their proposal to realign fees to be more consistent with other sites offering the same services and facilities and to enable more of the revenue to be used at recreation sites. Click here for more information.


Dolly Copp Campground is Closed

Dolly Copp Campground in Gorham, NH is undergoing a multi-year restoration project as of September 26, 2016. It is now closed for the season.  Please be aware that the campground is an ongoing construction site and visitors to the area should read all signs, follow instructions, and stay out of any signed closed areas – this includes pedestrians!. Click here for more information.


Russell Pond Campground is Closed

Please be aware that Russell Pond Campground is closed for the rest of the season for some much needed road repair work. We're sure campers will be thrilled when they see the results next spring!

Explore other White Mountain National Forest campgrounds such as Osceola Vista and Campton.


Society of American Foresters Hiring Event

The U.S. Forest Service is offering more than 140 jobs at the Student and Recent Graduate Hiring Event at the 2016 Society of American Foresters Convention. The event will take place Nov. 2-6, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. Jobs offered at the event are located on national forests throughout the United States, including 45 positions in the Midwest and Northeast. Applications will be accepted at the convention, where interviews will take place on-site.


National Historic Preservation Act 50th Anniversary

2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. The White Mountain National Forest is committed to protecting significant heritage resources, to share their values with the American people, and contribute relevant information and perspectives to natural resource management. The White Mountain National Forest has used Preservation 50 funds to restore these historic structures:

Recent News


Water Safety

Image of screen capture for WMNF Water Safety YouTube video.

Heavy rain can create potentially dangerous and life threatening situations if attempting a water crossing or simply getting too close to take the perfect picture.  
Refresh your water recreating safety knowledge before heading out on your trip.


Champney Falls Trail is Open

Champney Falls Loop 1

The trail is reopened with access restored to the loop that provides access to Champney and Pitcher Falls.

Learning Lichens Curriculum (UPDATED - 2016)

Students survey lichens on a plot near their school.

Learning Lichens introduces students to intriguing lichen ecology, identification, and values to humans.