Alerts & Notices

Things you should know when planning a visit to the White Mountain National Forest.


  • Sawyer River Road Closed
  • Portions of the Black Mountain Trail and Surrounding Areas Closed
  • Bowen Brook Spur A
  • Long Pond Road Closed
  • Olivarian Boat Launch Road Closed
  • Rocky Branch Bridge Road Closed


Forest Roads Status

Seasonal road closures are common on the White Mountain National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service closes roads seasonally for many reasons. Some roads are closed because they are not passable due to snow, snow drifts and ice or to protect the road bed. Closed areas are open to foot traffic unless otherwise noted. Extreme damaging weather events can also temporarily close roads for safety concerns.

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Please call the Ranger District where the National Forest System road is located to confirm road status before heading up to your destination.

Public Notices

Virginia Lake - Area Closed to Overnight Use & Campfires

As per Forest Order 2017-01 and illustrated in Exhibit A, closure of the Southern shoreline of Virginia Lake in Stoneham, Maine, to overnight use (camping) and campfires has been extended through June 12th, 2019.

Moriah Brook Bridge Closure

The Moriah Brook Trail Bridge is closed as of Tuesday, September 1, 2015.  This pedestrian bridge provided access from Wild River Campground to the west side of the Wild River Wilderness, and the east side of the Carter-Moriah Range.  Hikers need to be prepared to ford the river, find another crossing, or turn back and hike another day.  With the closure of this bridge, the only remaining hiker bridge is at the northeastern end of the Highwater Trail, seven miles downstream at the confluence of the Wild River and Evans Brook.

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