Recreation


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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

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Basin Campground Closed Trailhead open
Blackberry Crossing Campground Closed
Boulder Loop Trailhead Closed
Brickett Place Interpretive Site Closed
Cold River Campground Closed
Covered Bridge Campground Closed
Crocker Pond Campground Closed
Dolly Copp Campground Closed
Dolly Copp Picnic Area Closed
Fourth Iron Campground Closed
Hancock Campground Open This campground is open year-round, with no services in the winter months.
Hastings Campground Closed
Jigger Johnson Campground Closed
Lincoln Woods Trailhead Open
Lower Falls Recreation Site Open
Passaconaway Campground Closed
Rocky Gorge Scenic Area Closed
Russell Pond Campground Closed
South Pond Recreation Area Closed
Sugarloaf I Campground Closed
Sugarloaf II Campground Closed
Tripoli Road Camping Area Closed
Waterville Campground Closed
White Ledge Campground Closed
Wild River Campground Closed
Wildwood Campground Closed

Spotlights

Dolly Copp Campground

A spiral of logs extends into the distance

Note: Dolly Copp Campground is expected to open for the camping season in late spring 2022. More information will be provided as we get closer to opening.

​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.

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, restrooms, and picnic tables with charcoal grills.  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.

Recreation Areas