Recreation

The While Mountain National Forest draws millions of visitors each year for world-class hiking, skiing and camping adventures in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine. With 1200 miles of hiking trails, 400 miles of snowmobile trails and 23 developed campgrounds, the People's Forest has something for everyone.

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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Spotlights

Dolly Copp Campground

A spiral of logs extends into the distance

​Located along the Peabody River, this site has ample opportunity for small family picnics or large group gatherings. The large picnic pavilion, originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936, was rebuilt in 1996 using many of the original timbers, along with trees planted by the same 1936 CCC crew.

The pavilion has a large stone fireplace and numerous picnic tables. Other amenities include 2 metal grills, drinking water, flush toilets and handwash sinks. The Dolly Copp Picnic Pavilion is available for rent for family gatherings, wedding receptions, or other group events.

The Dolly Copp Picnic Area is adjacent to the historic Dolly Copp Campground, the Peabody River, as well as several scenic driving and recreational opportunities.

Welch-Dickey Trailhead

a smooth knob of granite is speckled with alpine forest.

The Welch-Dickey trail is extremely popular due to it's relatively easy access to fine views. The trail varies through shady hardwood forests to open expansive views. I the summer, wild bluberries can be picked as you approach the summit. There is some rock scrambling required along this trail, so come prepared with appropriate footwear. Trail is marked by yellow markers. 

There are many scenic areas along the ledgy 4.4 mile loop. 

Lower Falls Recreation Site

A low falls area on the forest full of people swimming and lounging on the rocks.

Lower Falls is the most popular destination on the Kancamagus Highway. It is a beautiful spot where the Swift River drops many feet over smooth granite rocks into a large pool. It is an ideal place to picnic, sun bathe, and swim. There is an 80 car parking lot, rest rooms, and picnic tables with charcoal grills. During July and August there is usually a Forest Service person on site to sell recreation passes, provide information, and as an emergency contact in case of injury as there is no cell phone coverage for several miles. Visitors should be aware that the rocks can be quite slippery and during high water extreme caution should be exercised while visiting the falls and the river. By ordinance of the Town of Albany, alcohol is prohibited at this site.



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/whitemountain/recreation