Follow These Tips for the Ultimate Fall Foliage Trip

Contact(s): Evan Burks, (603) 536-6215

CAMPTON, NH. October 2, 2018 – Cool nights and warm days make it easy to fall in love with the White Mountains this autumn. The White Mountain National Forest - one of the premier fall-foliage destinations in the world - anticipates a busy leaf peeper season as thousands of visitors plan to take in the brilliant colors. Before you load up the car and throw on your favorite flannel, we have a few tips to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable. Remember these three "P's" and your experience is sure to be memorable.

Pack Your Patience

Traffic congestion, especially near trailhead parking lots and scenic overlooks, should be anticipated. Slow down, take your time and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Forest Service annual recreation passes can be purchased ahead of time at White Mountain NF offices.  Recreation passes for day use, good for the day of purchase, are available at trailheads where fees are charged.

Park Safely

Park only in designated parking areas to ensure you are parked safely and legally. On less traveled roads, only pull off in designated areas or where it is safe to do so. Make sure you are visible to traffic and your vehicle is completely off the road not blocking traffic.

Pack It In, Pack It Out

Throw a few extra trash bags in your vehicle to properly dispose of your pumpkin spice coffee cups. Keeping public lands clean means others will be able to enjoy the beauty they offer. This includes cleaning up after your four-legged friends. Dispose of food waste in designated bear proof containers to keep our wildlife safe.

In addition, the Forest Service would like to remind visitors that hunting is permitted on National Forest lands. Remember to dust off your blaze orange gear for full visibility if heading into the woods. Check with state Fish & Game agencies for more information about hunting seasons and licenses.

Always respect wildlife. Wild animals are unpredictable and will defend themselves if they feel threatened. Use binoculars or your camera lens to safely admire our furry friends from a distance. Deer and moose are entering the rut which can make the males aggressive. Bears are busy finding food ahead of winter hibernation and may go to great lengths to find extra calories.

Weather conditions this time of year can change rapidly. Be prepared for cold temperatures. Don't become a statistic. Follow the hike safe principles by notifying friends and family where you are going and when you expect to return.

Following these few guidelines will make for a safe and memorable trip. If you are still making plans, be sure to follow the White Mountain National Forest on Facebook and Twitter (@WhiteMountainNF) for the latest. We'll be posting updated photos of the foliage as it transitions so you can time your visit just right.


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