White Mountain National Forest Partner Complex: ‘200 Years of Community Trail Stewardship’

Trail Maintenance Priority Area #13





  • White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

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Trails on the White Mountain National Forest are supported by a community of trail stewards whose efforts predate the establishment of the Forest by nearly one hundred years. As the forest approaches its hundredth birthday in 2018, these historic trail partnerships remain strong, though the vitality and viability of the 616 mile trail system is fraying. The forest and partner trail community continue to steward the oldest recreation trail system in the country, the highest use in the forest service region, and the challenge of legacy trail alignments.

On a forest within a day's drive of more than 70 million people, and visitor and usage numbers on the rise, dedicated partners face a daunting task in crafting a more sustainable future for White Mountain National Forest trails. With the priority area focus, the forest and trail community are emphasizing holistic, partner-driven efforts to enhancing trail maintenance.

Download a map of the trail maintenance priority area (PDF)

Trail Maintenance Needs

  • Remove hazard trees and logs over the trail
  • Remove overgrown brush
  • Complete trail reconstruction and reroutes
  • Conduct trail tread stabilization
  • Repair and replace drainage structures
  • Restore and replace trail signs and reassurance markers

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Our Partners

Partners supporting this priority area include: 

  • Appalachian Mountain Club
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Dartmouth Outing Club
  • Randolph Mountain Club
  • Wonalancet Outdoor Club
  • Chatham Trails Association
  • Waterville Valley Athletic Improvement Association
  • Chocorua Mountain Club
  • Squam Lakes Association
  • National Forest Foundation
  • New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA)
  • New Hampshire State Parks

Learn More & Get involved!

To know more about trail maintenance efforts in this priority area, contact:

Andy Welsh, Assistant Forest Recreation and Wilderness Program Lead
Email: andrew.welsh@usda.gov
Phone: (603) 536-6245