Welcome to White Mountain National ForestThe White Mountain National Forest in eastern New Hampshire and western Maine ranges from mountainous hardwood forests to majestic alpine peaks. Come experience the breathtaking scenery, clear mountain lakes and streams, wildlife, and outdoor recreation opportunities year round.

 

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Features

Winter Safety

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Winter can be a wonderful time of year to hike in the White Mountains. But careful planning and understanding of the hazards is critical to safely exploring the mountains in winter.


Forest Roads Status

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Seasonal road closures are common on the White Mountain National Forest. Stay up to date with the latest road information to confirm road closures before heading out to your destination.


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Spotlights

Be Bear Aware

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Although normally shy and afraid of humans, black bears can enter into more visited areas of the forest more readily as they become accustomed to even the smallest remnant of food.

Drone Use Policy

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Recreational use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) is allowed  as long as the landing of the drone does not occur in certain protected areas. Find out where and how you can help.

 




Gain a New Appreciation of Your National Forest

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 Explore your favorite places with a new view of the benefits of public lands. Compare types of forestry and wildlife habitat management techniques through photos from the field.

Digital Day-Use Passes

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Visitors can purchase a day-use pass online at Recreation.gov.



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